That escalated quickly! The game of hockey has it’s ups and downs and the Canucks are a prime example of that. Monday night, Vancouver throttled the Arizona Coyotes 7-1 at Rogers Arena. The previous game against Calgary went to OT but the Canucks snuck out a beauty from the stick of Chris Tanev. Losses were mounting, systems felt flawed and the bounces weren’t bouncing but if you play YOUR game consistently it’s bound to come back.
As for Tom “play me or trade me” Sestito, he finally got his wish: he played. He looked a little rusty on the score sheet however, with every player but him getting a point. He did shoot back with this gem though:
Oh Tom, you can stay, you’re funny.
It was a night of slump busters up and down the lineup; Alex Burrows potted two goals and fought hard to try for three, Kevin Bieksa redeemed his penalty by coming out of the box and netting a slick one, Daniel Sedin did a goal score and rounding out the fun, so did Matthias, Richardson and Higgins. Everyone had a point except Sestito, but really, who’s surprised?
What a game to get back some positivity! Canucks fans get to feel good going into the Christmas break with a two game win streak and every line getting back to their scoring ways. A new line comprised of Burrows, Bo Horvat and Derek Dorsett fit right away and seemed to energize the once surefire Burrows.
The Sedins got back to being productive as well and gave some hope to coach Willie D that things are about to get better. Does this mean Vancouver is about to make a run? Probably not, but when the Canucks roll 4 lines, they are a force to be reckoned with.
Sitting 6th in the West after Monday, the Canucks still need to build on that fortune they have created. Anaheim has taken over the position Vancouver once held and it won’t be easy to get back there.
Even though the Canucks beat the Coyotes, they can’t fight the moonlight…..that’s Tom Sestito’s job.
Just couldn’t resist the Coyote Ugly reference.