You know that it has been a good night for the Vancouver Canucks when the over-riding discussion in the dressing room after the game is whether Dale Weise did or did not register a Gordie Howe hat trick. And, in particular, talk like this is indicative of a great night for Weise. “I was joking about it before the game, like it would be crazy to get a Gordie Howe hat trick,” Weise said of the legend's benchmark of a goal, assist and fight in one game. “I actually said that, which is the craziest thing. I've never had one, not even in junior.” Weise still may not have had one. True, he fought Ottawa Senator Mark Borowiecki in the first period. Certainly, he banged in the rebound from Jason Garrison's point shot in the second. But the official scorer in Ottawa, as of press time, was depriving the Canuck winger an assist despite Weise's claim of being in on the scoring on linemate David Booth's goal. “They don't want to believe me now, but whatever,” Weise said. “I'll take it.” So will the Canucks, gladly. After gasping for oxygen following a six-game, one-win homestand, Vancouver players are able to breathe easily, at least for today, after dumping the porous Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Thursday night. Their second victory in nine games, alone, would have lifted Canuck spirits. But what really had players bouncing and chirping post-game was that four of their five goals came from guys who hadn't scored in forever. Garrison's power-play goal ended a 24-game goal famine – the longest of his career – for the heavy-shooting defenceman. Booth's goal was his first in 12 games. Centre Mike Santorelli scored for the first time in nine games, and Weise's goal ended a 13-game drought. Collectively, these four players shed the debilitating weight of 56 games without a goal. Oh, one Canuck who scored Thursday had done it a few times before, as Daniel Sedin's goal was the 300th of his career. Sedin is only the third Canuck to reach that threshold since Vancouver joined the NHL in 1970.
Canucks break out of slump, dump Senators 5-2
Vancouver Sun | Nov 29