CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff November 17, 2015
The Vancouver Canucks (7-6-6) pulled out to a 3-0 lead, on goals by Adam Cracknell, Jared McCann, both in the first period; and Daniel Sedin in the second period. And then the Canucks became their own worst enemies and imploded.
Montreal (14-3-2) stormed back with three straight goals to tie the game at 3-3 at the end of regulation play.
A shorthanded goal by Lars Eller, and an even strength goal by Max Pacioretty made the score 3-2 Vancouver after two periods. An even strength goal by Tomas Fleischmann with just over three minutes left in regulation evened things up for Montreal, who seemed down and out for the count nearing the middle of the second period.
The Canadians completed their comeback with their first win in overtime this season, handing the Canucks their 3rd consecutive loss, and their 6th loss in overtime, on a goal by David Desharnais.
The Canucks have lost 5 of 6 on the road trip, and lost 7 of their last 10 games, with their last game on this road swing on Wednesday night against the Winnipeg Jets.
The Canucks are 4-5-2 since defeating Montreal in Vancouver on October 27.
The point Vancouver earned in overtime, boosts the Canucks ahead of Arizona for sole possession of 2nd spot in the Pacific Division, 2 points behind the Los Angeles Kings, and 2 points ahead of the San Jose Sharks.
Los Angeles and San Jose have 2 games in hand on Vancouver, while Arizona, Anaheim and Edmonton, each have a game in hand on the Canucks.
POWER PLAY GETS A LIFT
- Vancouver was 2 for 6 on the power play against the Canadians
- The Canucks are getting 2.84 goals per game and are scoring scoring on 17.5 percent of their power play chances (11 of 63) overall after tonight
- On the road, the power play is now 15.8 percent (6 of 38).
- The power play is 4-20 on the current road trip going into Winnipeg
- Adding insult to the man advantage: Canucks have been stung for 3-shorthanded goals on the road trip.
PENALTY KILL BACK TO PERFECT
- The penalty kill allowed no goals on four Montreal opportunities
- Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.63 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their power play chances (42 of 57) overall after tonight
- On the road, it is 79.4 percent (23 of 34).
- Canucks have allowed 7 goals on 22 attempts during the current road stretch.
- The Canucks had surrendered at least one power play goal in six straight games but a seventh straight game was not to be.
- Previously they had not given up PPGs in a 6-game stretch since the start of the 2009-10 season when they allowed PPGs in their first six games from October 1 to 16
- Jannik Hansen leads the Canucks in +/- with a +9, while Radim Vrbata is the worst Canuck at -11, after tonight’s game
- Rookie Jared McCann scored his first power play goal, 6th goal of the season. McCann is tied for 3rd most goals by a rookie; and is tied for top sniper on the Canucks with Daniel Sedin with his 6 goals.
- Ryan Miller is 0-4-1 with a 3.46 GAA over a five-game stretch in which he’s surrendered three goals or more each time
- Miller has a 27-12-6 record against Montreal.
- In 4 games on the road trip, Miller has allowed 14 goals on 115 shots, a save percentage of .878.
- Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen had no points tonight but has 4 goals and 3 assists over his last 8 games.
- The Canucks have at least one power-play goal in their last 3 games
- Canucks C Brandon Sutter (lower body) did not practise Sunday and missed his third straight game.
- Both D Luca Sbisa (foot) and LW Brandon Prust (ankle) rejoined the team in Toronto and practised.
- Hunter Shinkaruk called up from Utica Comets after scoring 10 goals in 12 games in the AHL could made his NHL debut against the Canadians getting 13 shifts and 9:35 minutes/seconds in playing time.
- Jacob Markstrom played tonight giving Ryan Miller a rest..
- Jake Virtanen leads the team and all NHL rookies in hits with 44.
- Daniel Sedin has 14 points (5-9-14) in his last 15 games.
- Ben Hutton ranks t-second on the team and second among NHL rookies in assists (8). Hutton has 4 assists in the last 8
games and had a career-high three game point/assist streak from Nov. 7-10/15. He also ranks t-third among rookies in blocked shots
- Ryan Miller ranks first in a number of statistical categories this season including games played/started (16), TOI (966:31) and shots
- Alex Edler leads VAN in time on ice (24:46) and has led the team in that category in 17 of 18 games he’s played, including 10
games where he’s led all skaters in TOI. He currently ranks t-12th in the NHL in TOI/GP. Last season, Edler ranked first on the team
in average ice time per game (23:58) and led the team in TOI on 59 separate occasions including 26 games where led all skaters in
- The Canucks have had 18 different goal scorers this season (tied for most in the League with St. Louis and Nashville)
- The Canucks are tied for 9th in the League with 2.84 goals for per game; their 54 goals on the year are tied for 4rth most in the NHL.
- VANCOUVER’S 2015.16 RECORD WHEN…
Score 4+ Goals: 5-0-0
Score 3 Goals or Less: 2-7-5
Allow 4+ Goals: 0-2-3
Allow 3 Goals or Less: 7-4-3
On 0 Days Rest: 2-0-1
On 1 Day Rest: 2-3-4
On 2 Days Rest: 2-2-1
On 3+ Days Rest: 0-1-1
Score a PPG: 2-3-4
Give up a PPG: 2-4-3
20+ Shots on Goal: 7-6-6
Less than 20 shots:
CANUCKS AT A GLANCE
Statistics courtesy of the NHL, Vancouver Canucks and ESPN, with thanks.