Raymond has hat trick; Canucks extinguish Flames
Three Stars: 1) Mason Raymond 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points.
2) Jeff Tambellini 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points.
3) Henrik Sedin. 2 assists, 2 points. Won 69% of his faceoffs.
Mason Raymond had three goals, his second career hat trick in a 7-2 thrashing of the Calgary Flames Wednesday night, and the Canucks won their third straight game.
Not only was it a third straight win, it was a second straight dominant win. Four nights ago, the Canucks blasted the Sharks 6-1; tonight, it was the Flames turn to feel the burn.
Alex Burrows scored for the third straight game, Jeff Tambellini for the second straight, and Dan Hamhuis and Daniel Sedin accounted for the other goals.
The score was lopsided, but the play throughout the first fourty minutes was not. The Canucks struck early, with Raymond throwing a pass out front that deflected off Calgary defenceman Brendan Mikkelson and past Mikka Kiprusoff at exactly the two minute mark of the first.
As soon as the puck dropped after the goal, so did the gloves of Tanner Glass and Tim Jackman, with Jackman landing most of the blows.
However, just about six minutes later, Jeff Tambellini whipped a shot through the five hole of a screened Kiprusoff. It was his fourth goal of the season, and it's hard to think that this kid was actually sent down to the Moose a couple of weeks ago. The second line was the most dominant the entire night, with the Flames defense unable to match the speed of Raymond, Kesler and Tambellini.
The Flames managed to make it close before the frame ended, as Tim Jackman scored three minutes later on a nifty tip in front that fooled Luongo.
Jackman ended the night an assist short of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick.
The Second period started much like the first; with Vancouver all over the flat footed Flames. (Say that three times fast)
Calgary made costly mistakes all night. The most noticable was the amount of penalties they took, 8, against the NHL's number one powerplay. Highlighted by this was Curtis Glencross getting a game misconduct for a high cross check on Keith Ballard. Theres no word if he will recieve further disciplinary action.
The Canucks ended up cashing in on those mistakes, and their special teams were terrific, scoring 3 power play goals and one shorthanded.
Daniel Sedin scored at 3:55 of the second period after his brother Henrik's shot was stopped. Ryan Kesler then fed Daniel a neat backhand pass for his fourteenth goal of the season already.
The Flames fought back admirably, at least for a while, capped by Alex Tanguay banking a shot off of Luongo's back just about three minutes after Daniel Sedin's tally.
Luongo seemed to be uncomfortable all night, but managed to make the saves he needed to.
The third period was filled with penalty minutes, and also a highlight reel goal. Mason Raymond got his second of the night after whipping down the ice at breakneck speed, dekeing Kiprusoff with a beautiful forehand to backhand, and roofing it for his sixth of the season.
Not long after, Alex Burrows got his third goal in three games by sniping a shot past Mikka Kiprusoff who looked to be caught out of position, thinking Burrows was going to pass to Daniel Sedin.
Raymond then scored his third of the night for his second career hatty, much to the chagrin of the Flames faithful at the Saddledome.
Dan Hamhuis capped the scoring with a Powerplay goal with three minutes left.
Flames Defenseman Mark Giordano showed why hockey players are the toughest athletes out there. After taking a slapshot to the face and bleeding all over the ice, he missed the latter half of the second period, but was back out there for the third.
It showed tremendous guts.
Roberto Luongo fought the puck all night long. He was only tested twenty times, yet gave up two goals. Not to say that he played horrible, but it was far from a stellar game for him.
The Canucks had thirty six shots on Kiprusoff.
Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, and Jeff Tambellini all had two point nights while Raymond had four. (3 g 1 a)
The fourth line continued to be invisible, and even worse, Mikael Samuelsson, whom many thought was starting a hot streak after scoring twice in San Jose, was a defensive liability on the ice, and invisible for most of the game. If you did notice him, it was generally his lack of speed, his carelessness with the puck or his poor passing decisions.
Brendan Morrison had no shots, was a +1 and had 16 minutes of ice time against his former club. In other words, he wasn't much of a threat.
The Canucks continued their dominance in the faceoff circle, with Ryan Kesler, Manny Malhotra and Henrik Sedin all winning more than 50% of their draws.
The Canucks next play Friday in *cue scary music* Chicago.