Daniel Sedin scored 22 seconds into the game, Ryan Kesler got two, and the Canucks capitalized on some terrible defensive coverage and bad goaltending on the part of the Ottawa Senators en route to a 6-2 drubbing of the nation capital’s team today.
Pascal Leclaire was given the start for the Senators after missing three weeks in action due to a groin injury and didn’t get much help early–an early breakdown by Daniel Alfredsson gave the Sedin twins a 2-on-1 against Sergei Gonchar. Henrik to Daniel did not fail.
The Senators would control the play for much of the rest of the first, capitalizing on Canuck giveaways, but Roberto Luongo who was again, very good, hung in tight, weathered the storm and the Canucks escaped the period on even terms. Peter Regin scored the Ottawa goal on a dirty rebound in front.
In the second, the Canucks settled down a little. Rick Rypien embarassed the team a little getting into a couple of fights that really determined nothing (his first against Matt Carkner saw Carkner take him down seconds in. The second was against Chris Neil, which could have doubled as a closing scene from a Hugh Grant movie, as the two ‘combattants’ hugged it out for a minute) but Ryan Kesler got his first on a pretty set up from Jannik Hansen.
In the third, the Canucks blew it open. Burrows, Kesler (again) scored quickly one after the other, before Pascal Leclaire totally broke down and gave up goals to perennial scorers Tanner Glass and Mario Bliznak. The latter recorded his first career NHL goal.
Sergei Gonchar, who was a -2 on the night (although noticeable on all three goals he was on the ice for) scored on a slapshot just after the Bliznak goal to make the score somewhat respectable and knock Roberto Luongo off of Sportsnet’s three star selections, but that didn’t accomplish much else.
Charron’s Three Stars:
1: Ryan Kesler
2: Roberto Luongo
3: Alexander Edler
Fun with numbers:
To give you an indication of just how bad the Senators were on defense, 66% of the shots that the Canucks took ended up being seen by Pascal Leclaire. While the Canucks dominated on the scoresheet, Ottawa actually had most of the possession, 55.8% if determined by total percentage of Corsi (blocks plus misses plus shots).
Also of note:
It was Remembrance Day, of course, and rather than a morning skate, the Canucks instead visited the National War Memorial and took part in the ceremonies, which is probably the best thing to have after getting shut out two nights before:
“You’re so worried about the power play and not scoring and you go to this [ceremony] It’s good perspective,” Mikael Samuelsson told Ben Kuzma of The Province. “It doesn’t matter if you’re Canadian.”
Rabblerousing Canuck blog Pass It To Bulis also has a touching piece on November 11th.