CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff November 30, 2015
Disappointment All A Round
Anaheim (9-11-5) dominated, cruising to an easy 4-0 win as Vancouver (9-9-7) was ineffective and uninspiring, in its first shutout loss of the season, and 10th loss in the last 13 games.
The Anaheim Ducks wasted little time after the opening face-off in taking the game over, as Shawn Horcoff (4) snapped a shot passed Ryan Miller, assisted by Andrew Cogliano (6) and Carl Hagelin (5) to take a 1-0 lead at 1:19.
The Canucks, 29th best fore-checking team in the NHL entering the game, lacked intensity and urgency after the opening goal, as the Ducks continued to bring their game to Vancouver, out hitting, out shooting and out skating Vancouver.
The Vancouver penalty kill was tested three times in the opening period, and would yield a power play goal late in the opening period,when Yannick Webber took a retaliation penalty at 18:18.
The Ducks scored on their power play with 2.1 seconds left in the opening period, as Rickard Rakell (6) on a wrist shot made it 2-0, assisted by Ryan Getzlaf (15) and Sami Vatanen (9) at 19:57.
The Canucks had one unsuccessful power play. Anaheim outshot Vancouver 14-8; out hit Vancouver 11-9. The Ducks were better on the face-offs as well, winning 12 of 18.
Vancouver lost Jake Virtanen for the remainder of the game after sustaining an upper body injury to his ribs, courtesy of Ryan Getzlaf, in the first period, as Anaheim routinely took the body to Vancouver players, leaving them feeling pain and hurting.
The second period was mostly the Canucks continuing to give the Ducks little to worry about in the Anaheim end with the lack of a sustained attack. And Anaheim doing a great job at protecting their lead with little opposition.
The Canucks likely deflated by the late first period goal; and the Ducks sensing no urgency to score more, it was not surprising there was no scoring or special teams action in the middle period. Ducks out shot Vancouver 9-8; out hit Vancouver 11-10. Ducks better on the face-offs again, 8 for 15.
Vancouver went into the final period with point streaks at risk, along with the possibility of being shutout for the first time this season. The Canucks should have been looking for a Chicago comeback type of result that defeated Anaheim on November 27, but it was not to be.
Exactly one minute into the period, Ryan Miller disappointed, as Jakob Silfverberg (2) scored on a slap shot on a break away, assisted by Nick Ritchie (1) and Ryan Kesler (8), putting Anaheim up 3-0.
Corey Perry scored on another break away, over Ryan Miller’s shoulder, at 8:39, with a wrist shot, unassisted.
With the Ducks up 4-0, Miller was pulled in favor of backup goalie Jacob Markstrom. Anaheim soon after was given a high sticking double minor on Chris Stewart for cutting Matt Bartkowski at 9:15. Vancouver did not score.
The Ducks are moving on up after a disastrous month of October, while Vancouver is moving down in the standings and treading water. Overall in November, Anaheim was 8-4-3, while Vancouver finished the month 4-7-3.
With the victory, the Ducks moved within two points of the Canucks.
- Point streaks ended tonight:
- RADIM VRBATA (3-1-4 / 3 Games)
- HENRIK SEDIN (3-7-10 / 6 Games)
- DANIEL SEDIN (6-6-12 / 7 Games)
- JANNIK HANSEN (1-1-2 / 2 Games)
- Vancouver’s streak of scoring at least one power play goal was stopped tonight at eight consecutive games.
- Canucks penalty kill gave up another goal on three chances, making it 15 goals allowed on 49 opportunities in November. Overall, Canucks have allowed 18 goals in 79 penalty kill opportunities in 25 games.
- Canucks power play continues not to produce going 0-3 tonight and 11 for 56 chances in November. Overall, Canucks are 18 for 91 man advantages in 25 games.