IN with a bang!
The Vancouver Canucks ended the season on a beautiful note with a 3-2 overtime, come from behind victory at the Saddledome against their arch rival Flames.
While the game may not have meant much of anything for either team, it did have some interesting elements.
1) Daniel Sedin had 2 more assists, giving him 104 points and assuring his Art Ross trophy
2) Ryan Kesler set a new career high in goals with 41
3) Cory Schneider allowed 2 goals, therefore winning the Jennings Trophy with Roberto Luongo. Schneider, making his 25th appearance, qualified for the award.
4) Christian Ehrhoff had the overtime goal, giving him 50 points for the first time in his career.
It was a disappointing end for the Calgary Flames, but an remarkable third period performance. They had been dogging it, obviously wanting the season to end. Head coach Alain Vigneault must have scared the crap out of them in the second intermission, because the Canucks came out and out shot the Flames 17-6, and outscored them 2-0. Let's see how the game shook down:
The first period was a tight checking affair, with neither team potting a goal. In the second, Jarome Iginla, on an absolute tear in this second half of the season, scored his 43rd goal of the year. It was a nice little shot after a beautiful feed from Alex Tanguay on the powerplay.
The Flames continued to pour it on, and nine minutes later, on the powerplay again, Mikael Backlund scored his 10th of the year, and fourth against the Canucks this season. The Flames outshot the Canucks, get this, 19-7.
In the third, however, it was Alex Burrows tapping home a Daniel Sedin pass for his 26th of the year past Flames backup goalie Henrik Karlsson. Then, on an absolutely beautiful tic tac toe passing play, Ryan Kesler shot home his 41st of the campaign.
Overtime brought about Christian Ehrhoff whipping a shot past Karlsson, who was livid afterwards, getting in the referees face, slamming his stick on the bench and so on. He felt he had been interfered with by Mason Raymond, though on further review that did not seem to be the case.
Cory Schneider made 34 saves in the win, Henrik Karlsson, 36 for the loss.
PLAYOFF TIME BABY!!