The Vancouver Canucks welcomed in a red-hot Edmonton Oilers team that has won five games in a row, including a 4-0 victory over Vancouver just five days ago. With first place in the division up for grabs, the Canucks took to the ice for the first time with newly acquired Derek Roy in the lineup, and turned the tables with a 4-0 win Friday night.
The game was lopsided from start to finish. The Canucks attacked the offensive zone with ferocious forechecking, causing the Oilers to commit five penalties, one of those leading to a Vancouver power-play goal. The twins, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin conjured up some of their magic; Daniel found his brother Henrik for a sneaky goal as Henrik crept out from behind the net.
The Canucks took a 2-0 lead into the third period and doubled that tally to return a 4-0 defeat to an Oilers team who seemed to be in disarray all night. The Canucks out shot and out chanced the Oilers, winning most of the battles along the boards and dominating in puck possession.
Maybe the Canucks just needed some home cooking, or perhaps it was the Canucks for Kids Fund Telethon that spurred them on. If you ask Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen, they will tell you that the addition of Derek Roy has made all the difference.
“He saw me all the way and feathered a beautiful pass over to me. It was a hell of a pass,” Higgins said, via NHL.com “He’s put up points throughout his whole career and he’s obviously going to create offense all by himself, it’s just a matter of me and Jannik finishing off his opportunities.”
Roy not only set up Chris Higgins on a 2-on-1 to give the Canucks a 3-0 lead 6:47 into the third period, but he was efficient on the penalty kill as well as transitioning the puck out of the defensive zone, generating several great chances in his debut.
For a team that has struggled to score goals as of late, it is a promising effort from the newcomer. The Canucks are a much more dangerous team with Roy and will continue to stay hot approaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs.