A Second Consecutive Road Win For The Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks made it a Californian sweep by shooting down the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 Sunday night at the Honda Center just over 24 hours after beating the Los Angeles Kings; the back-to-back wins are Vancouver’s first in nearly a month.

Cory Schneider stopped all 26 shots against to record the first shutout of his NHL career in just his 17th start, while Manny Malhotra scored two goals, including the 100th of his career, and Daniel Sedin added a single for the rejuvenated Canucks.

The emphasis was on a hot start and Malhotra was happy to provide it by beating Dan Ellis a mere 42 seconds into the opening period. Jannik Hansen and Raffi Torres were both in on the goal as Vancouver’s checking line hit the scoreboard for the second straight game.

Sure they can hit, but when push comes to shove, the trio can also produce offensively.

“We’re definitely going to have to be a big part of this team’s push come playoffs, the fourth line as well,” said Torres, who is five assists off his career-best.

“We’re just having some fun out there, Hansen is playing some good hockey right now and Manny’s obviously playing great right now, we’re just keeping it simple, getting pucks deep, nothing flashy, just going out and playing hard.”

Much like the start of the first period, the Canucks again pounced on a hapless Ducks squad early in the second and again Vancouver’s third line was in on the action.

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