In the last seven days, the Vancouver Canucks have amassed 17 goals in three games and led the National Hockey League in scoring.
We know, this hardly makes up for the last 49 years. But the rebirth of the Canucks’ offence this season is significant.
The team was 26th in the NHL in scoring the last two years, 29th the season before that. They expected to be better this season, but no one thought the Canucks would be scoring like it was 2011 in Vancouver.
In Monday’s 7-2 fricasseeing of the Florida Panthers, the Canucks started their touchdown by generating four goals from four different lines in the first nine-and-a-half minutes. Then coach Travis Green ran out of lines, so one of the forward groups went back for seconds and another, Elias Pettersson’s top line, eventually had thirds.
The universality of Vancouver scoring was impressive enough, but that it came one game after the Canucks managed to lose after building a 5-1 lead against the Washington Capitals on Friday made Monday’s fireworks even louder and brighter.
"It’s fun obviously; it’s nice to score seven goals," veteran defenceman Alex Edler said after a three-assist, plus-four night. "But it’s really good to see how we get on the forecheck and stick to our game and try to wear teams down. I thought we did it pretty good tonight.
"I don’t think we played bad in the third period against Washington, but whenever you give up a 5-1 lead, obviously you’re not happy about it. It was important tonight once we got the lead to try to keep going."