CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff December 7, 2015
CANUCKS END 5 GAME WINLESS STREAK
The Vancouver Canucks (10-11-8) took to the ice at Rogers Place tonight against the Buffalo Sabres (11-14-3), and battled, pushed back for a deserved 5-2 win.
Vancouver received secondary scoring from a line other than the Sedins and Jannick Hansen.
Radim Vrbata, scored three goals; Brandon Prust had a goal and an assist; Canucks defensemen had three helpers by Dan Hamhuis, Ben Hutton and Alex Edler.
Adam Cracknell had two assists, with Chris Higgins and Derek Dorsett each getting a helper each.
The Sedins were not left out of the offensive showing by Vancouver as Daniel had two assists and Henrik scored a power play goal.
Ryan Miller recorded his 3rd win in his last 10 starts, making 32 saves for a .941 SV%.
Vancouver led 2-1 after the first period; 4-1 after the middle period, enroute to their win.
- The Canucks were 1 for 6 on the power play; and killed all 3 shorthand opportunities they faced tonight.
- Vancouver’s penalty kill has not allowed a power play goal against on their 4 game home stand, going 7 for 7 in their last three games; and are 14 for 16 in their last 6 games.
- With the five goals tonight Vancouver doubled its’ goal production of the last five games. They now have 10 goals scored in their last 6 games.
- Derek Dorsett led all Vancouver players with 5 hits and was +1 in plus/minus.
- Derek Dorsett leads all Canucks in hits this season with 70, followed by Adam Cracknell with 57; Matt Bartkowski, 56; and rookie Jake Virtanen has 53 hits.
- Radim Vrbata had 6 shots and was a +3 tonight.
- Only two Canucks were negative in plus/minus tonight: Jannick Hansen at -2 and Henrik Sedin at -1.
- Canuck defensemen had 9 of 10 blocked shots in the game. Alex Burrows was the only forward to block a shot.
- In the face-off circle, Adam Cracknell led the team, 9 for 12: 75%; Bo Horvat, 7-12: 58%; Jared McCann, 4 for 11: 36%; Henrik Sedin, 8 for 22: 36%; Derek Dorsett, 1-1:100%; Radim Vrbata, 0-1: 0%. Total: 29 for 59: 49.15%
NEXT GAME UP: NEW YORK RANGERS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015
CANUCKS AT A GLANCE
CANUCKS PLAYER STATS
Statistics courtesy of the NHl and the Vancouver Canucks, with thanks.