It’s amazing what difference one game makes.
At this time yesterday, all the talk was about the Canucks’ 4 losses in a row, their 6 losses in 8 games, and the double-digit scoring slumps some of their forwards were in.
Despite the rain, this morning already seems brighter. With their 7-1 win, the Canucks became the first team in the Western Conference to hit the 30-win mark this season. They also increased their Western Conference lead on the Detroit Red Wings to 5 points, and are once again tied with the Philadelphia Flyers with the most points in the NHL (the Flyer have a game-in-hand).
More importantly, the Canucks finally got scoring from players other than Sedin, Sedin, Kesler and Edler. Alex Burrows scored his first goal in 7 games, Mason Raymond his first in 12 games and Samuelsson his first in 15 games. While they didn’t score, Raffi Torres and Jeff Tambellini both recorded assists, their first points in 7 and 14 games, respectively. In all, 14 Canucks hit the scoresheet; only Bieksa, Malhotra, Hansen and Glass didn’t.
Consider their slump busted.