Black and Blue Jackets; Vancouver routs Columbus 7-3
Not much to see here folks. That is, unless you happen to be a fan of the Vancouver Canucks.
The boxscore will tell you the entire story.
Henrik Sedin, 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 points to match his career high.
Alex Burrows, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points.
Daniel Sedin, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points.
Raffi Torres, 2 goals.
Ryan Kesler, 1 goal.
Christian Ehrhoff, 1 goal.
Needless to say, it was kind of embarrassing.
The Canucks absolutely demolished the home team tonight, winning 7-3 against the Blue Jackets. A score that while lopsided, still didn't tell the whole story.
Vancouver was dominant from the opening faceoff, particularly the Sedin Twins and Alex Burrows. The Twins passes connected perfectly all night, and they had Blue Jackets defencemen looking like Bantam players.
The party got started in the first when Alex Burrows scored his seventh about 9 minutes into the game. It was an absolute clinic by the Sedin Twins, who had at least three great chances before Burrows banked a puck off Columbus goaltender Mathieu Garon and into the back of the net.
Just over three minutes later, it was the Twins again looking dominant, swatting away Blue Jackets players like flies, getting about four good quality scoring chances before Henrik Sedin passed back to Christian Ehrhoff at the point. Ehrhoff fired a laser off the post and in for sixth of the campaign.
Just over a minute later, it was Raffi Torres turn to embarrass the Jackets, as he tipped in a point shot from Andrew Alberts for his ninth.
The second started much like the first, with unrelenting pressure from the boys from Van city. Just over four minutes in, Daniel Sedin finished off a beautiful tic tac toe passing play from Alex Edler and Henrik Sedin for his 18th goal of the season.
Then, four minutes later, Jannik Hansen broke in on a two on one with Ryan Kesler. Hansen delayed, then fed a beautiful pass to Kesler, who tapped in an easy goal for his 17th of the year.
Then, yet another four minutes later, Daniel did a great impression of his brother, as he fed a seeing eye backhanded pass to Henrik, who was left alone as he charged the front of the net. He then whipped a shot into the back of the net.
By that time it was six nothing, and you could hear the fans in Columbus getting restless. RJ Umberger tried to calm the storm with his ninth, beating Cory Schneider on a wrap around, but Raffi Torres scored six minutes into the third period to remind everyone what was going down. It was his tenth.
The Blue Jackets scored twice in the third to make the score semi-respectable, but it was definitely a night to forget.
The Canucks however, looked terrific despite playing on back to back nights with their backup goaltender in net. Go figure.
The Canucks next play Boxing day in Vancouver against the Edmonton Oilers.
Notes: Henrik Sedin's 4 point night matched his career high.. Cory Schneider has not lost in regulation this season...Ryan Kesler has seven goals in eight games and is one behind team leader Daniel Sedin