Nov 28, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT
Pretty crazy night in the Canadian capital.
Vancouver scored four goals on its first eight shots of the period — in less than nine minutes, no less — chasing Ottawa starter Craig Anderson from the goal:
Then, in an effort to spark his struggling club, Sens forward Chris Neil tried to land a big hit on Vancouver defenseman Ryan Stanton… only to draw the ire of heavyweight Tom Sestito, who threw down in a very spirited scrap:
The four-goal outburst was fairly unexpected, as the Canucks have struggled on offense lately and mustered just three goals in consecutive losses to Chicago and L.A. But against Ottawa, things clicked — Daniel Sedin started by scoring 31 seconds into the period, followed by David Booth at the 1:16 mark.
Defenseman Jason Garrison made it 3-1 with a power play goal at the 4:06 mark, and Dale Weise ended off Anderson’s night by scoring his second of the year at 9:22. Booth, Sedin and Garrison all finished with a goal and an assist during the outburst, a welcome development for Booth especially as he’s been a healthy scratch in recent games.
It’s worth noting that Mika Zibanejad cut the Vancouver lead to two with 1:02 left in the period.
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