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So maybe Tambellini didn't score in the Avs game, but he did open the scoring tonight!

Woo!

(In the photo he's just fist pounding Raymond like it's just another day at the office)

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And there was this beautiful hip check by Dan Hamhuis on Douglas Murray that sent Murray flipping over.

Here's the video of that hip check



And no scrum after the check either. Love that.

Lots of videos from tonight's game and a bit of recap tucked after the jump...

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Ok, so this game was full of win by the Canucks. Goals came from all four lines and has twelve different players contributed offensively tonight for the win.

They came out in the first period and outshot the Sharks 15 to 8. There was lots of speed and hustle by all four lines of the Canucks. Tambellini opened up the scoring halfway throughout he first period with a nice wrist shot past Niemi as the Sharks D were too busy thinking about covering Kes and Raymond.



At some point Kesler runs over his own goalie and Luongo puts on a great paint acting face like he's on an audition for a telanovela.

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The Canucks continued to pressure the Sharks throughout most of the first period. Joe Thornton wires a shot at Luongo who gives out a huge rebound. Setogouchi missed the initial rebound but Dany Heatley then capitalized with a goal at 15:22.

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Raffi Torres who hadn't scored in like 8 or 9 games finally broke the slump and scored in the beginning of the second period from a beautiful pass from Jannik Hansen.



Then only a few minutes after, starting from a blocked shot from Tanner Glass, Samuelsson fakes a shot then puts the Canucks up 3-1 at 4:24 of the seconds.



Halfway through the second period is when the Sharks finally began to wake up a little. Joe Thornton looked like a beast out there out muscling players out of the faceoff (Raymond) working the puck along the boards past players (Hamhuis) and just angry Joe out there. But Joe's hustle couldn't fix the defensive problems that the Sharks were having and Luongo is beginning to see the puck a little better. The Sharks do get some breaks from Alberts being last years Alberts and giving away the puck.

The Sharks outshoot the Canucks 16 to 6 in the second period.

The third period is where Luongo played his best period of the night. He was covering up the puck better and not giving as many huge rebounds as he did in the first and the second. And I'm sure it helps if your team decides to score three more goals.

First Samuelsson gets a nice pass from Danny Boyle to set up his 2nd of the night:


Then after some passing between Burr to the Sedins that get the puck behind the net to Henrik who then feeds Burrows for his third of the year:


And since I've posted videos for five of the goals so far, here is the last goal scored by Keith Ballard.


Nice to see Ballard finally get his first goal as a Canuck. And, I'm sure it was nice to score it on your birthday as he turned 28 today.

In the end the Canucks played well and rolled four lines of offence. And Luongo played good enough.

The Sharks only started the game with 11 forwards as Scott Nichol was injured during practice earlier today from an errant puck to the eye. They also lost Devin Setogouchi after the first period with an injury. Antti Niemi had a valient effort in net for the most part but wasn't helped out in the least by his defencemen tonight in the least. Especially not by Boyle's pass that set up Samuelsson's 2nd goal of the night. As for the forwards, Thornton and Heatley played well, but where was Marleau?

The Canucks now have a break coming up until Wednesday when we take on the Calgary Flames.