CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff November 22, 2015
Winning Streak Ends At One
The Canucks (8-8-6) looked to sweep their two-game home stand with a win over the New Jersey Devils (11-8-1) tonight at Rogers Arena, and move into a share of first place with the Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific Division.
Instead, Vancouver got shown the door by the New Jersey Devils, in a 3-2 loss that started another losing streak at Rogers Arena.
The Canucks haven’t had consecutive wins since they beat the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 30 and the Arizona Coyotes on Nov. 2.
It was critical that the Canucks not squander the momentum gained from last night’s slump ending win, by following it up with a poor effort tonight against the Devils, a team that was desperate for a win themselves.
Henrik Sedin was disappointed in the loss, feeling the Canucks lost a great chance to build more momentum on top of the Chicago victory.
“Especially going on the road, a tough road trip, it was a chance for us to get moving up in the standings, start feeling good about ourselves and get some wins and get some momentum. That didn’t happen. I thought we played good enough to win.”, Henrik Sedin added.
There was an effort but not the intensity and urgency that was present in last night’s emotional 6-3 win over the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks.
Cammalleri opened the scoring 65 seconds into the second period, set up Andy Greene’s power-play goal 91 seconds into the third and assisted on Adam Henrique’s goal eight minutes later for the Devils.
Henrik Sedin ended Schneider’s shutout bid with a shorthanded goal 7:21 into the third period after the Devils goalie misplayed the puck to Daniel Sedin in front of the net, and Radim Vrbata scored a power-play goal on a deflection with 0.6 seconds left.
New Jersey avoided going winless on their three-game Western Canadian road trip which concluded tonight following losses in Calgary and Edmonton.
After welcoming Brandon Prust back to the line-up yesterday, the Canucks were hoping they would be bolstered by returning veteran Radim Vrbata, who missed the last two games with a groin injury. Except for his penalty shot, Vrbata did a good job of being inconsequential in the game, even with scoring Vancouver’s final goal with just tenths of a second left to play.
The Devils took advantage of the opportunity to do something Sunday night that they’ve never done before, sweep a season series from the Vancouver Canucks.
Winning in Vancouver never has been easy for the Devils, who are now 7-19-1 all-time and 2-5-1 since 1999-00.
The Canucks are 4-0 in games where Brandon Prust fights. Unfortunately, Prust had no fights. Canucks hand no win. Just saying.
Jacob Markstrom was 1-0-1 with a .914 save percentage and 3.41 goals-against after his 4-3 overtime loss to Montreal last Monday. He adds a loss to his season record, with his first regular season appearance of the year at Rogers Arena.
Markstrom made 19 saves for the Canucks, who have one win in their past six games (1-4-1).
Corey Schneider made 17 saves in the third period, stopping 36 shots in total, including a Vrbata penalty shot at 5:14 of the final period.
Vancouver had 38 shots to the Devils 22 shots.
The Canucks now get set for a 4-game road trip, starting with Minnesota on November 25 and finishing with Los Angeles on December 1.
In between they play the Dallas Stars on November 27 and San Jose Sharks on November 30.
- Vancouver’s power play before tonight was 8 for 21 in its previous 5-games after going 0-16 the 5-games previous. Tonight, the Canucks were 1 for 7 on the power play.
- Canucks have allowed 9 power play goals against in their last 10-games.
- Vancouver’s penalty kill was 4 for 5 against the Devils.
- Henrik Sedin’s shorthanded goal was his 7th shorthanded goal of his career.
- Canucks outhit the Devils 14-12.
- Vancouver had 7 giveaways and 6 takeaways tonight.
- Vancouver has now surrendered three or more goals in 10 straight games.
- Rookie defenceman Ben Hutton will be at least two weeks with a foot injury after blocking a shot Wednesday in Winnipeg.
- Brandon Sutter will be out at least two weeks with abdominal injury.
- Recalled Utica player Taylor Fedun, 27, could surface on the upcoming four-game road trip with the injury to Hutton.
CANUCKS AT A GLANCE