CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff November 27, 2015
CLOSE DOESN’T CUT IT
The Vancouver Canucks (9-8-7) entered the game against the Dallas Stars (18-5-0) in 3rd place in the Pacific division and in a playoff position.
The Stars, top team in the Central division and the Western Conference, had not lost back to back games during the season.
The Canucks defeated Minnesota Wild in their last game on November 25, 3-2; Dallas lost in their last game on November 24 to the Ottawa Senators, 7-4.
The Stars power play second best behind the Boston Bruins; the Canucks penalty kill allowing 12 power play goals against in the month of November (12 games). Vancouver’s power play ranked 7th in the NHL.
When the Canucks met Dallas on October 27, the game went into overtime with Vancouver losing 4-3.
Tonight’s game was that close, and as it was last visit to Texas, not in Vancouver’s favour, and the Canucks are tied with Arizona for 3rd place in the Pacific division with 25 points.
Jaime Benn notched his 17th goal of the season on the power play to open the scoring, assisted by Patrick Sharp (11) and Tyler Seguin (20), making it 1-0 Dallas at 15:27 in the first period. The opening period ended with Dallas up 1-0. Canucks outshot the Stars 15-8.
In the second period, the Canucks waited little time in answering the Stars first goal, as Daniel Sedin (11) off a pass from Janick Hansen (8) scored an even strength goal to tie the game 1-1.
Soon after entering the final half of the middle period, Dallas took a 2-1 lead on a great shot on a Stars power play that Ryan Miller should have had by Jason Spezza, assisted by Patrick Sharp (12) and John Klingberg (21) at 11:52.
The Canucks outshot the Stars 21-14 over two periods. Vancouver power play 0-3 while Dallas was much better at 2-3 after two.
Vancouver kept battling, and it paid off as Henrik Sedin (8) scored with 4:10 left in regulation play on the power play, assisted by Daniel Sedin (16) and Radim Vrbata (6) to even the game at 2-2.
Nothing would be decided the rest of the way in regulation and the game went into overtime.
Overtime was frantic and both teams had their chances. Canucks with a shot on the Dallas net with Antti Niemi out of the net but he rushed back for the save. And Dallas with a two minute power play when Vancouver was called for too many men on the ice.
But alas nothing was resolved in the overtime and off to a shootout the two teams went with Dallas the victor and winning by a score of 3-2.
The shootout was the first for Dallas this season.
- The Canucks are 1-7-3 against the Stars in the last 11 games played, dating back to the 2012.13 season; 0-6-3 in their last 9 games.
- Daniel Sedin has 16 points (7-9-16 in his last 9 games including two four point performances during that span – Nov. 10 at CBJ and
Nov. 21 vs CHI. He also sits on a 7 game point streak, notching 12 points (6-6-12) during that span. He currently leads the team in
points (27) and goals (11), is t-first in assists (16) and ranks fourth in League scoring
- Canucks power play is 9 for 51 on the road; 18 for 88 overall.
- Canucks penalty kill has allowed 17 ppga in 76 attempts. 11 ppga in 46 attempts on the road.
- Canucks have allowed 14 power play goal against in their 13 games in November. 11 ppga in 9 road games.
- Henrik Sedin’s points streak continues as he is 3-7=10 in his last 6 games after his goal tonight.
- Daniel Sedin’s points streak continues as well as he is now 6-6=12 in his last 7 games after a goal and assist tonight.
- Radim Vrbata is not to be left out as his points streak continues too, with 3-1=4 in his last 3 games, with an assist tonight.
- Alex Edler’s points streak ends at 3 games. He was 0-4=4 entering tonight’s game.
Next game: Monday, November 30 against the Anaheim Ducks, game #3 of Canucks 4 game road trip.
CANUCKS AT A GLANCE
Statistics courtesy of the NHL and Vancouver Canucks, with thanks.