Canucks Record: 39-16-6 (2nd in Western Conference)
The Canucks shattered Detroit’s 23 game win streak last night 4-3 in shootout. Daniel Sedin was nothing short of heroic as fans were treated to a glimpse of what they spend all season salivating about: playoff hockey.
The Canucks were absolutely flying for the first period, outshooting the Wings 17-5. But halfway through the period, a boneheaded play at the blue line by Bieksa created a 2-on-1. The end result was an embarrassingly soft goal by Darren Helm on Luongo.
Daniel Sedin tied the game up in the second after Edler shot the puck towards the net, which was slowed down beautifully by Henrik, for Daniel to tuck into the net around Howard. Pure Swedish magic.
The third had all the makings of a classic and it didn’t disappoint. Kyle Quincy punished the Canucks after bad defensive-zone play, but it was quickly tied up by Hodgson who threw the puck towards the net and deflected it off Kronwall’s skate. But in heartbreaking Canuck fashion, just 20 seconds after Cody tied it, Abdelkader managed to force a loose puck through Luongo for the go ahead goal.
I was distraught. All hope was lost. Then, flashback to Bieksa tying the Colorado game after a diving save or Kesler storming through San Jose in the playoffs with 17 seconds left, Daniel Sedin tied it up after a terrible icing by Detroit with just 15 on the clock.
Que overtime. It couldn’t be solved so let’s head to shootout. All that recent practice really showed with Luongo stopping all 3 shots. Burrows got the winning goal to break the Wings’ home streak and leave fans at the Joe slack jawed and stunned.
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