Lucky Seven for the Vancouver Canucks
In a goal-filled late-night (on the East Coast, anyway) game between the Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks, the home team was able to beat the generally low-scoring Preds by finding scoring from seven different sources.
Yes, in a 7-4 victory, no two players scored more than one goal.
Andrew Ebbett got the goal-scoring started a little over a minute into the first period, tallying his first goal of the season. When the Predators found an answer two minutes later, Alexander Edler replied with his fifth of the season and then Mason Raymond made it 3-1 before the end of the first 20. Ebbett was looking to make an impression on the Canucks staff and perhaps not have to go back down to AHL Chicago again. I think he was able to do just that–he also had two assists for a three-point evening–and considering that the Canucks lineup is in desperate need of centers, he may be able to stay around a little longer.
Another low-scoring Canuck found the back of the net to start the scoring deluge in the second: Maxim Lapierre, tallying just his second of the season. Jannik Hansen piled on another, Henrik Sedin scored on a penalty shot in the third and then David Booth put the game to bed with his first of the year, an empty-netter.
This was the first time the Canucks won consecutive games since beating the Dallas Stars on Feb. 21 and then shutting out none other than the Predators the next day.
The Canucks, who play in a Rogers Arena now adorned with green bins to encourage recycling and composting of certain items, were especially efficient with their shots in this game. They took just 22 of them and scored on seven, which means that about a third of their shots resulted in goals.
Their next game will be against the struggling Detroit Red Wings at home on March 16. Maybe they’ll be eco-friendly with their shots and score efficiently again.