Ryan Kesler had 2 goals and Roberto Luongo made 36 saves in Canucks’ 5-2 win

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With the Canucks on a power play, Henrik Sedin slid a pass from the top of the left circle to Kesler in the high slot.. From there, Kesler beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne to the stick side with a wrist shot through traffic.. “I just shot through a screen there,” Kesler said.. “Great play by Hank and Danny to get me the puck and I found the back of the net.” Roy made it 2-0 for Vancouver lead three minutes later.. Former Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis’ shot from the high slot was kicked aside by Rinne, but Roy was able to dive and backhand the puck by Rinne just inside the right post.. The assist extended Hamhuis’ point-scoring streak to six games, a career high for the defenseman Nashville selected with the 12th pick in the 2001 draft.. Spaling cut the Predators’ deficit to 2-1 at 1:34 of the second.. Sergei Kostitsyn had the puck behind the Vancouver net.. His centering pass found Spaling alone in front, where he one-timed the puck by Luongo for his eighth goal of the season.. Butler tied the game at 2 at 11:40 of the second.. Carrying the puck down the right side, Butler cut toward the faceoff circle where he fired a wrist shot by Luongo on the far side. source: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2013/04/16/ryan-kesler-had-2-goals-and-roberto-luongo-made-36-saves-in-canucks-5-2-win/

Vancouver Canucks at St. Louis Blues

“I thought it had some good moments.. …. They showed some good offensive abilities.” The Canucks split their first two meetings this season with seventh-place St.. Louis (23-16-2).. If the Blues are to earn a postseason berth, Vancouver is one of the teams it could face in the opening round.. St.. Louis, however, must find a way to generate some offense after it scored five goals the last five games and was outscored 6-1 in consecutive losses to Columbus and Chicago.. “I think it’s a fine line the whole season at this time.. Everybody’s on the fine line,” coach Ken Hitchcock told the Blues’ official website.. “You need something positive to happen, somebody to step up and get us to the next level.” The Blues recorded 30 shots at home Sunday, but seemed to have few prime scoring chances during a 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks. source: http://stats.washingtonpost.com/nhl/preview.asp?g=2013041619&home=19&vis=22&final=true

Roberto Luongo steps up, helps keep Canucks atop Northwest

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Derek Roy, Jason Garrison and Alexandre Burrows also lit the lamp for the Canucks.. However, it was Luongo who saved Vancouver from what might have been a second straight loss to a nonplayoff team.. After a 4-3 overtime defeat in Colorado Saturday, the Canucks established a 2-0 lead and then floundered for most of the second period.. “Lu made some big saves for us to be up by one after the second,” Burrows said.. “We turned the puck over way too many times and they came at us with speed.. If it hadn’t been for him, we would have been down by one.” It was the fourth straight win for Luongo, who’s 9-4-3 as the backup to Cory Schneider.. No Vancouver goalie has won more games (233) or compiled more shutouts (35), but it’s unlikely he’ll play a minute of the Stanley Cup playoffs unless Schneider is injured or fails.. However, Luongo is taking his new role as understudy in stride.. “I just try to be ready,” he said.. “You never know what’s going to happen.. The worst thing you can do is not be ready.” While the Canucks skated another stride closer to a division title, Nashville (15-21-8) was officially eliminated from the playoffs. source: http://www.torontosun.com/2013/04/16/roberto-luongo-steps-up-helps-keep-canucks-atop-northwest

Canucks’ win eliminates Predators from playoff race

Roy put it in for his fifth goal and a 2-0 lead.. Nick Spaling broke a scoreless streak by Nashville of 89 minutes 22 seconds with a goal at 1:34 of the second period to make it 2-1.. Spaling snuck right in front of the crease and roofed a pass from Sergei Kostitsyn , who was behind the net, over Roberto Luongo .. Bobby Butler tied the game at 11:40.. In the second period, the Canucks’ defense was leaving a big gap for the Predators’ forwards and they took advantage of the extra ice.. Skating down the right wing off the rush, Butler had plenty of space to rip a wrist shot low to Luongo’s blocker side.. Vancouver made it 4-2 just 50 seconds into the third period when Burrows redirected Henrik Sedin ‘s shot form the high slot.. Kesler added his second goal at 15:53 with a 19-foot wrist shot.. “He’s a fun guy to play with,” Kesler said of Roy.. “He’s very crafty out there.. He’s good all over the ice.” In goal for Vancouver, Roberto Luongo had to withstand a 19-shot onslaught in the second period – Nashville’s most in a period this season. source: http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020628&navid=nhl:topheads

Daniel Sedin likes Canucks’ chances

Those are three guys that you can kind of name, but overall I think everyone has done their job.. STRANG: You’ve been pretty consistent over the years.. What’s been the key to sustaining that offensive production?. SEDIN: I think going in with the same mindset every game, trying to do the right things.. And [you] just focus every game on creating scoring chances.. If you get too caught up in producing and scoring goals and things like that, it’s going to be tough on you mentally, I think.. I think you have to put that aside and focus on doing things the right way.. Then, goals and those sort of things will come over the course of a year.. That’s been our focus for the last six, seven years.. STRANG: How much of the twin factor or the brotherly intuition actually plays a part in you and Henrik’s success on the ice?. Does it really play a role or is that a completely media-driven exaggeration?. SEDIN: I think it has [played a role]. source: http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/9178381/nhl-new-york-minute-vancouver-canucks-star-daniel-sedin

 

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