Sedin gets first hat trick as Canucks down Avs
In game No. 667,
The center – an All-Star last season – notched his first NHL hat trick, helping the Vancouver
Sedin’s three-goal spurt was part of Vancouver’s biggest offensive outburst of the season, and broke the
“It was huge for us, especially after the last few games where we haven’t scored a whole lot of goals,” said Sedin, whose team had found the net three times in three games. “So we got some easy ones tonight. That’s what happens when you put pucks to the net.”
There were plenty of Vancouver players joining in on the scoring parade.
Even more, 11
“It’s something to build on,” Sedin said. “It gives the guys confidence.”
As for his hat trick, better late than never.
“I’ve played almost 700 games, but of course it’s nice to get a hat trick,” Sedin shrugged.
Luongo was making his third appearance since coming back from a broken rib that sidelined him for about two weeks. He wasn’t tested much until the third period when Colorado turned up the pressure.
Sedin, Bernier and Glass then scored in about a 7-minute window to decisively pull away.
“They made a strong push, they had a few chances,” Luongo said. “Unfortunately, they got a couple goals but we bounced right back and answered right away.”
Budaj fared even worse, allowing four more on eight shots.
“They outworked us in all aspects of the game,” forward
They needed to try something new. Since a sizzling 10-1-2 start, the
Sedin sparked Vancouver early as he scored two of the team’s three goals in the opening period. He poked in a puck that had trickled behind Anderson 1:57 in.
Later, Sedin lofted a shot over a sprawled-out Anderson on a goal made possible by the hustle and thievery of Raymond.
Just out of the penalty box, Raymond flew after a puck deep in the
Hansen scored midway through the first period when Glass found him wide open in front.
“Sometimes, it’s a mental game,” Stastny said. “You can make mental mistakes when you don’t know where you’re going and boom, boom, boom, it’s one, two, three to nothing and that’s tough to come back from.”
Luongo had a great view of the offensive fireworks in the first period. From his vantage point, he saw a team generating traffic in front.
“We weren’t giving (Anderson) that room to come out and challenge the shooter,” Luongo said. “We did a great job in the first period, a lot of pucks went to the net – and then away we went. It was a good effort all the way around.”