December 2010 - Vancouver Canucks Wiretap
Sedins Combine For Seven Points In Wn
Henrik and Daniel Sedin combined for seven points in Vancouver's 7-3 win over Columbus on Thursday night. NHL assists leader Henrik Sedin had a goal and three assists to match his career high with four points, brother Daniel had a goal and two assists.
Canucks Win Third Straight Road Game
The Canucks defeated the Oilers on Sunday for their third-straight road win. Vancouver hasn't won three consecutive road games in more than a year. "They didn't play to their standards and we played a really solid game," Daniel Sedin said. "That's what happens sometimes. I felt we played one of our best games of the year." The Canucks outshot Edmonton 32-12, with the Oilers registering only one shot in the third period for the second game in a row.
Markus Naslund's No. 19 Retired
The Canucks retired Markus Naslund's No. 19 during a 50-minute ceremony before Vancouver faced Tampa Bay on Saturday night. When Naslund came to Vancouver in 1996, he had a tough time just getting into the Canucks' lineup. "To go from being up in that press box as a healthy scratch to being here tonight is amazing," Naslund told the crowd. "There's only one way something like that can happen and that's to have support from a lot of great people."
Samuelsson Out One Week With Concussion
Canucks forward Mikael Samuelsson is expected to miss at least a week after sustaining a concussion, according to an Associated Press report. Samuelsson appeared to get hurt in a collision with Blues center Vladimir Sobotka late in Sunday night?s loss.
Canucks Coach Rips Blackhawks
Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault didn't back off his stance Friday that the Blackhawks tried to run up the score the last time the teams met in Chicago's 7-1 victory. On Nov. 20 in Vancouver, the Blackhawks held a 6-0 lead when they went on a 5-on-3 power play with about 11 minutes remaining in the game. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville put out his first line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Viktor Stalberg along with defensemen Duncan Keith and Nick Boynton. Neither Boynton nor Stalberg normally play on the power play, and Quenneville claimed he was just rolling his four lines and regular defensive pairings, and those five players were up next. "We basically embarrassed ourselves tonight in front of our fans, and they did everything they could tonight to rub it in our face -- 6-0 and they throw their No. 1 power play unit when it's 5-on-3," Vigneault said that night. "They have every right to do that. They did it. They were pushing it, and they did." Vigneault reiterated that stance Friday morning in almost the same language. "I think it's every team's right to do what they want," he said. "Obviously, we weren't very good. Five-on-three you sent Kane and Toews on the ice. They have every right to do that. They did it. And that's it."