Make it four! Canucks best Blues to extend win streak to 4 games
The Canucks won again, their 4th straight, and are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games. Impressive stats to say the least. Here are some more;
Ryan Kesler is on a 4 game point streak (4-2-6), Aaron Volapatti scored his first career NHL goal in just his second game, and the Sedin twins have 27 points combined in their last 11.
But let's focus on tonight.
The Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 in a plodding, slow moving game. There were some exciting moments; hey, every hockey game has to have at least one, and the Canucks showed they can win a tight checking, defensive game.
Aaron Volpatti, recently called up from the Manitoba Moose had his first NHL goal, and it came after a strong forecheck from Tanner Glass. Glass laid a huge hit on Blues Defenceman Alex Pietrangelo, which freed up the puck for Alex Bolduc, who then fed a perfect pass to Volpatti who beat Jaro Halak on the stick side.
Ryan Kesler continued to be the go to guy on the Canucks for the moment, as he had yet another goal for the boys from Van City. Racing in on Halak on a 2 on 1 break, Kesler snapped a shot right under the crossbar. It's hard to fault Halak on a shot placed as well as that one.
Kesler had another strong game and could have had two or three goals, had it not been for some timely saves by the Blues goaltender.
Alex Steen made the game interesting as he raced into the Canucks zone, cut inside, and wired a backhand past Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo late in the second period. It was steen's third goal in four games.
The games score stayed the same for much of the third period; Mikael Samuelsson hit a post, Ryan Kesler was stopped on a breakaway, and Halak denied Jeff Tambellini in close.
However, Tambellini did solve Halak late in the third period on the powerplay, when he put the game out of reach. He converted a crisp Mikael Samuelsson pass from behind the net into the back of it for his sixth goal of the season.
It was smooth sailing for the Nucks after that, and Roberto Luongo improved to 9 and 1 in his last ten games.
The Canucks next play in Detroit on Wednesday at 4:30 pt.
The Canucks went 1-5 on the powerplay... Luongo only faced sixteen shots from the Blues... The Canucks had 29 shots...Mikael Samuelsson had two assists