Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Call him "Clutch" Carter

Anson Carter's reputation in Vancouver continues to grow, besides being the missing piece of the Sedin's puzzle of the last few years, Carter has also proven to be a rather big play kind of guy of late.

Wednesday night at GM Place it was Carter's goal with only 6.1 seconds to play in the third that sent the Canucks on to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild and helped to give themselves a bit more room to maneuver in the NHL Western Conference playoff chase.

Carter has been the main ingredient to the increased profile of the Sedin twins in Vancouver, his passing plays setting up the Swedish brothers time and time again, making the second unit in Vancouver the more prolific of the lines of late. Wednesday night it was Daniel and Henrik returning the favour in the set up department on the winning goal of the night.

Carter's goal Wednesday, his 30th of the year provided the Canucks with a key two points in the playoff hunt, when combined with an LA loss earlier in the night to Calgary, the Canuck's can now see the Kings falling a little further behind them in the rear view mirror. One less combatant for that final couple of spots in the West.

The only drawback to the Kings loss is the fact that the Flames won, giving them a bit more room on the Canucks in the battle for the NW division title and a seeding in the top three spots in the playoff round.

With the win Wednesday, Vancouver claimed a piece of 6th place tied with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. They can add to their point total again on Friday when they take on the Wild in the conclusion of the two game set once again at GM Place.

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