Saturday, January 26, 2013

Canucks Game #4 Review: Anaheim Ducks

Game 4: Canucks 5 - Ducks 0

Game Summary

Despite being outplayed for the first half of the first period, the Canucks found themselves to be the beneficiary of a lack of Anaheim discipline.  Daniel Sedin converted a Henrik Sedin pass on a 5-on-3 power play to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead.  Mason Raymond later converted a nice rush from Alex Burrows on a late power play to extend the lead to 2-0. 

Aaron Volpatti made it 3-0 before the end of the second period, while Zack Kassian and Mason Raymond added tallies in the third to put the Ducks away for good.  Corey Perry was a sore loser while Cory Schneider played well and earned his first shutout of the season.

Three Up

Aaron Volpatti: The rugged winger was all over the scoresheet and the ice in a limited role.  Volpatti fought Matt Beleskey, had a few solid hits and even scored the 3-0 goal in the second period to put the Canucks out of reach for Anaheim.

Mason Raymond: Continuing his strong play from early this season, Raymond added two goals this evening and has developed some nice chemistry with Jordan Schroeder during his call up.  Raymond has been a pleasant surprise this year after being a rod for criticism upon his return from injury last year.

Cory Schneider: Can we all calm down for a minute about goaltending in Vancouver? Schneider was extra solid early on in the game to keep it scoreless while the Canucks found their legs.   Schneider certainly made good use of his though, including preserving his shutout against a Cam Fowler attempt late in the game with a great left to right kick save.

Three Down

Not much to criticize in a 5-0 shutout win on the road... so let's pick on the other team.

Corey Perry: After being hit Alex Edler and not liking it, Perry thought it would be a good idea to skate across the ice, jump as high as he can and propel himself into the Canucks defender.  Then, it's probably a good idea to cross check Edler, jump Keith Ballard and whine from the penalty box.  Seriously, is there any one who hates losing more than Corey Perry? 

Jonas Hiller: He wasn't very good.  Exhibit A: Mason Raymond's second goal.  Exhibit B: Dive when Henrik Sedin "plowed" into him.

Teemu Selanne: Hard to discount someone as prolific as the Finnish Flash, but after a four point opening night performance on the road, Selanne was virtually invisible tonight for the Ducks, with only one shot and a -1 rating in just over 13 minutes.

Final Thoughts

Getting away from the Vancouver media circus may have been just what the doctor ordered.  Schneider, Raymond and the Sedins all had terrific games.  The Canucks have improved with each passing game, but perhaps the best point of all is, with Kassian, Raymond and the defence pitching in the odd goal, no one is pressing Kesler and Booth to return sooner than they are able and no one is asking questions about secondary scoring.

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