CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff November 18, 2015
Four Game Losing Streak Going Home
Vancouver and Winnipeg entered the game tonight set on changing their fortunes and ending streaks of futility: Canucks on a 3-game losing streak; and Winnipeg, winless in 6-games.
Forward Alex Grenier was recalled from the Utica Comets Tuesday night and in the game against Winnipeg for his NHL debut. And Ryan Miller was back in net after a brief rest on the road trip.
The Jets scored first in the opening period, with a power play goal by Mark Scheifele (6). Winnipeg was 0-13 on their power play before that goal. The first period ended with the Jets up 1-0. Vancouver was 0-2 on the power play in the period. The Jets out hit Vancouver 17-9, and pressed the Canucks for 5-takeaways to one for Vancouver. The Canucks outshot Winnipeg 14-11.
The Canucks struck first in the second period with their only goal of the game, on the power play, by Daniel Sedin(7), to tie the game at 1-1. It was Vancouver’s 5th and last power play goal on the road trip. Winnipeg scored with less than three minutes in the period, on a goal by Drew Stafford(6). Winnipeg continued to out hit Vancouver, as they had 11-hits to 2-hits for Vancouver. Both teams had 5-takeaways and 2-giveaways in the middle period. Canucks out shot the Jets, 10-6.
Both teams came out in the final period with urgency, the Jets up 2-1. Each team had two power plays each, with neither team scoring with the man advantage. The Canucks had their chances but could not bury the puck for a timely goal, and began taking chances for the tying goal.
With less than three minutes left, the Jets burned the Canucks on the second goal of the game by Mark Scheifele(8), and then an empty net goal by Drew Stafford(7) for his second goal of the game, sealed Vancouver’s fate. Winnipeg out shot the Canucks in the final period, 17-6 and in the game, 34-30. Canucks out hit the Jets 5-2 in the period.
Rookie Alex Grenier had 15-shifts, and 8:52 TOI during the game (1rst: 7 shifts; 3:34 TOI; 2nd: 6 shifts;3:58 TOI); 3rd: 2 shifts; 1:20 TOI).
ROAD TRIP SUMMARY
Goals For: 18
Goals Against: 25
PPG For: 5-28
PPG Against: 9-27
Shots For: 234
Shots Against: 230
Short Handed Goals Against: 3
Short Handed Goals For: 0
Ryan Miller was held winless on the road trip in 5-games.
Jacob Markstrom had the only Canucks victory on the road trip.
Statistics courtesy of the NHL, and the Vancouver Canucks, with thanks.