After playing horribly and losing 5-1 to San Jose on Thursday, Henrik Sedin and the Canucks were frustrated.
They were so frustrated Shawn Matthias and Yannick Weber nearly fought each other in practice Friday. Afterwards, Henrik Sedin had something to say.
Asked about his frustration stemming from last night, henrik said he sometimes wishes the team played “more frustrated”
— Jason Botchford (@botchford) February 6, 2015
Being the captain and leader of the team, Hank led the way.
In the game, too, Hank and his linemates led the way. The Canucks beat the Penguins 5-0.
1. Sedins and Burrows go back in time
The difference between the top line and the rest of the Canucks was stark when you looked at the advanced stats – focus on the Corsi +/- numbers here:
They don’t do it every night, but when the Sedins have energy and they play with determination, they look as dominant as they always did. Here are Burrows’ and Daniel’s goals.
After the game, Cassie Campbell-Pasqual talked to Burrows and asked if he thinks he’s added some energy to the Sedin line.
“Well I don’t know, they’re so good. They’re normally the ones that carry me and take me along for the ride.”
No chance. Like a Red Bull, Burrows is giving the Sedins wings.
2. Kassian finally returns
After Zack Kassian went off about how frustrated he was on Monday, he had to be itching to get back in the lineup.
— Revid.TV (@RealtyCinema) February 4, 2015
Still, that didn’t stop Kassian from living life the way he wants to. Kass was spotted at the Parlour Friday night (according to Snoopy – @87ASandhu), and he wasn’t holding back on the drinks.
Kassian was at the Parlour getting drunk last night, he’s in the lineup tonight. Hopefully he has my non-hangover genes. #Canucks
— G. Justine Galo (@Aviewfromabroad) February 7, 2015
It’s not Kassian’s fault, coach told him to take more shots
— Geoff (@Stats87) February 7, 2015
— T.(eam Canada) (@BigNasty604) February 5, 2015
Is that it or does Canucks management just hate him?
3. Kassian’s TRIUMPHANT return
Kassian had a fight in the first period, and during the second, he had a staredown with his hands.
— Chad Forrest (@C_Forrest) February 8, 2015
Immediately after the camera caught this – it was even funnier than it looks here because he looked perplexed as his hands trembled uncontrollably – Kass scored this goal.
Note: WATCH THIS – just for the way Kass pats little Linden Vey’s head after the goal. Funniest thing you’ll see all day.
Cory’s take on Zack’s pep-talk with his hands nails it.
4. Canucks fans feel shame
It’s not often Canucks fans will vocalize feeling guilty about a call going their way, but that’s what happened after the Penguins (and everyone watching) thought they scored during the second period.
After Pittsburgh’s Derrick Pouliot shot the puck, Brandon Sutter batted it in just as Ryan Stanton was throwing him into the post and knocking the net off.
Rhys explains it well:
Logically, I think this should be a goal. By the letter of the law, I have no idea whatsoever.
— Rhys Jessop (@Thats_Offside) February 8, 2015
Fans were happy, but sheepish…
— heidi*** (@quita_bunnies) February 8, 2015
I do feel for the Penguins but woooo no goal #Canucks
— Melissa (@Bellaira) February 8, 2015
— Jim Morris (@jememorris) February 8, 2015
So was it the right call? Kuz…
Further to non-goal, according to Rule 78.5 (x) “Apparent goals shall be disallowed by referee when the net becomes displaced accidentally.”
— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) February 8, 2015
And the Kuz has spoken.
5. Consistency pays off
After losing to the Sharks Thursday, Desjardins was not happy with his top players. In his presser he noted how “good” Derek Dorsett, Bo Horvat and Ronalds Kenins played and wondered why his other lines weren’t doing the same.
The other Canuck forward who’s been consistent while others have slept is Shawn Matthias.
Dorsett and Horvat combined for this bad-ass first period goal – please notice that Dorsett passes a bouncing puck and Horvat shoots it out of the air.
— Mike S.™ (@Mike_Stefanuk) February 8, 2015
And Matthias scored this cracker.
6. Better than my summary of the game
— Ryan Biech (@ryanbiech) February 8, 2015