Canucks Wreak Havoc on the Ice to Defeat Toronto Maple Leafs
Coming into tonight’s game, the Canucks knew they were in for a tough match against the Toronto Maple Leafs, a proud team looking for their first victory of the season.In a strange twist of fate, having lost several games this season where they outplayed the opposition, the Canucks were on the other side of the coin in their 3-1 victory over the Leafs.
The Leafs controlled the play at even strength the entire game and if not for a stellar performance from Roberto Luongo and two timely power play goals against the worst penalty kill unit in the league, there would have been a very different result.
The only forward line to generate any offense for the Canucks tonight was the second line trio of Ryan Kesler, Mason Raymond, and Michael Grabner who used their world class speed to wreak havoc on forecheck and create turnovers all over the ice. The three combined for 14 shots on goal and 5 points while the rest of the Canuck forwards generated 6 shots on goal and 0 points.
The game must have been especially gratifying for Mason Raymond, who was rewarded with two goals tonight. Prior to tonight, Raymond had strung together a number of quality games in a row but had only generated a single goal off of 30 shots on goal.
Most importantly, however, was the play of Roberto Luongo. He faced a number of scoring chances and shut the door to preserve the Canucks lead. The Canucks were outshot 23-13 through the last two periods and Luongo only allowed a Niklas Hagman shot on the power play by in the second period. The Canucks spent nearly the entire third period in their own zone and were only held in the game by the strong play of Luongo.
The game ended with some potential bad news for the Canucks, as it’s been reported that Alex Edler (shoulder) and Kyle Wellwood (foot) finished the game with injuries. It remains to be seen if either player will miss time due to these injuries.