Lucky 13- Canucks Win Halloween Thriller

Joel LefevreAnalyst IOctober 31, 2008

The Canucks tired, and battered, were able to get a win in Anaheim in a thrilling game that appeared like it would never end.  On a night where scary, goofy costumes and haunted stories normally rule the day this game was the hottest haunted story around.  Two teams with alot of history of late put on a real horror show defensively in a game that no one appeared too eager to win. 

Early on the Ducks looked like they would pounce all over a no doubt exhausted Canucks team not even 24 hours removed from a 4-0 win in Los Angeles.  However newcomer Steve Bernier who had been brought here to help with the scoring finally showed up, and what a game to do so.  Down 2-0 in the first Bernier responded just 19 seconds after Selanne had scored to cut the deficit in half.  That goal seemed to spark the team as they came out in the second a completely new team which was fitting cause it was Halloween.  The second period erupted with a plethora of goals from both sides, the Canucks got things going with 4 straight goals coming from Kesler,Burrows,Ohlund,and Bieksa, (the last 3 coming less than 4 minutes apart).  Carlyle responded by pulling Giguerre in place of Jonas Hiller which seemed to spark to Ducks as they responded immediately with 3 goals in 1:40 to tie the game going into the third.  The Canucks again managed to take the lead through Benier but yet again gave it away late as Correy Perry collected his fifth point of the game that sent the game into a shootout, the first for the Canucks this season.  With Wellwood scoring early the Canucks looked to be ok but more Drama was in store as Getzlaf tied it in the shootout, 18 shooters later it was still tied and down to Mathias Ohlund who finally put an end to the shootout win and sweep they're California road trip winning it 7-6 in the shootout.

While this game was very sloppy the Canucks showed a great deal of character too stick this one out as the Ducks just would not go away. A big credit once again has to go to Roberto Luongo who was simply sensational in the shootout with dazzling saves, seemingly getting bigger with every shooter. This game was very important psychologically for the Canucks, to be able to put up 6 goals on a beast like Anaheim and without your gunner  Demitra is a huge accomplishment and will hopefully get the teams confidence back.  After a very sluggish beginning on the road, this win was huge for the teams morale moving forward.  The Canucks now are home for the next two weeks and will be hoping to build on this road trip as they host the defending Champion Red Wings at gm place Sunday night.  With the win the Canucks improve to 6-5 on the year and back into the playoff picture in the West.