The Vancouver Canucks may be right to give thanks after their 4-3 shootout win over the Dallas Stars last night. They withstood an own goal and some untimely, sloppy defensive play but got the two points anyway, thanks to Kyle Wellwood’s and Ryan Kesler’s beauties in the shootout.
In their first game without Daniel Sedin, the Canucks played a much simpler game. They got the puck and moved it up quickly. They threw the puck on net and crashed Turco’s crease. They kept thing simple on the powerplay as well – they moved the puck around and got shots from the point – and scored 2 of their goals with the man-advantage.
Which is a good thing because, to be honest, the offense looked less dynamic without Daniel on the first line. Henrik still had a couple of assists but it’s obvious that his line with Bernier and Burrows has some gelling to do. Based on the chances they got last night, the goals are going to have to be more gritty than pretty.
Sami Salo suffered a left leg injury Sunday in a cornerboards collision with Dallas Stars rookie Jamie Benn at GM Place. The Vancouver Canucks defenceman appeared to favouring the leg when he left the game midway through the opening frame and played just 2:51. He had missed three defensive rotations and then lasted just 10 seconds on another shift before heading to the dressing room.
The good news is, the Canucks don’t play again until they meet the Flames in Calgary on Friday night so that should give Sami plenty of time to recover. The other good news is, we’re used to Sami missing time now that this shouldn’t even bother us anymore.