CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff December 5, 2015
CANUCKS SHUTOUT FOR SECOND TIME IN LAST 4-GAMES
Vancouver came out playing aggressive, and battling including a fight a centre ice between Derek Dorsett and Zac Rinaldo at 2:07 but 47 seconds after the fighting majors were handed out, Boston got on the scoreboard first at 2:54 on a goal by Brad Marchand (13), a wrist shot high above the left shoulder of Markstrom, assisted by Patrice Bergeron (16) and Joe Morrow (1).
Just over four minutes later, the Bruins struck again, making it 2-0, as Torey Krug (3) scored on a slap shot, assisted by Kevan Miller (5) and David Krejci (17) at 7:03.
Vancouver got a power play opportunity at 14:02 with Brett Connolly off for crosschecking Ronalds Kenins. Canucks came up empty for the 30th time in 39 chances at home. That made19 for 97 overall this season on the power play; 1 for their last 9 man advantages.
After the two goals there was not a lot of action around both nets, and the period ended 2-0 Boston.
Shots were 5-5. Boston out hit Vancouver 7-6, and the Bruins had more face-off wins, 10 for 19. Bo Horvat was 4 for 6 on face-offs; Henrik Sedin, 3 for 5; Jared McCann, 1 for 3; Adam Cracknell, 1 for 5.
As for plus+/-, Jared McCann, Radim Vrbata and Chris Higgins were all a –2 in the opening period. Weber, Tanev, Edler and Hutton were all –1.
The Bruins were playing their 3rd game in four nights, so it would be interesting to see how Vancouver would adjust their game in response to a disappointing first period performance, where they could not generate any offense, and were poor defensively, allowing 2 even strength goals on 5-shots.
Vancouver got another power play, at 2:51 as Zac Rinaldo was penalized for slashing. As it was with the first power play in the 1rst period, the Canucks could not capitalize on the power play.
Landon Ferraro (2) made it 3-0 Boston as he came down the right side and put a wrist shot past Markstrom at 8:02 assisted by Zdeno Chara (10). His first goal as a Boston Bruin.
Vancouver was not able to come up with any answers to the Boston Bruins, as they went up and down the ice, time ticking away on the clock. And that is how the period ended, very little to get excited about in the last half of the period and the Bruins went into the intermission with a very easy, unchallenged and comfortable 3-0 lead.
Boston out shot Vancouver 9-7. Vancouver out hit Boston 4-2 in a physical game. Boston had more face-off wins, 9 for 17. Henrik Sedin was 6 for 8; Bo Horvat, 1-2; Jared McCann, 0-2; Adam Cracknell, 1-5. After two periods, Boston was 19 for 36 in the face-off circle.
At the end of two, Tanev and Edler joined McCann, Vrbata and Higgins at –2 for the game. Weber, Hutton, Daniel Sedin, Jannick Hansen, and Henrik Sedin were –1.
The period started with the Canucks on their heels, facing an uphill climb to whittling away at the Bruins 3-goal lead.
Zac Rinaldo was penalized again, his third penalty of the game and second penalty giving Vancouver a power play opportunity,their third power play of the game, at 6:39 for boarding. The power play started out promising for Vancouver, as it was easily their best effort of their man advantages, but once again, Vancouver did not capitalize.
Tyler Randell put Boston up 4-0 after Landon Ferraro drove to the Vancouver net. Randell picked up the puck and scored his 4rth goal of the season, on a wrist shot, at 11:32, assisted by Ferraro (2) and Zac Rinaldo (1).
Brandon Prust got a 10 minute game misconduct for spearing Brad Marchand in the groin at 18:07. Quickly after the play got underway, Derek Dorsett and Zac Rinaldo got into another fight, at the Boston blue line at 18:35.
The game came to an end with Boston winning 4-0. Vancouver’s 13th loss in their last 16 games. Boston out shot Vancouver 22-17.
Vancouver is now tied with Toronto and Carolina in the NHL with the least amount of wins in the league.
- Canucks were 0 for 3 on the power play. Canucks came up empty now 32 times in 41 chances at home. That makes 19 for 99 overall this season on the power play; 1 for their last 11 man advantages.
- Vancouver has recorded 16 shots against Los Angeles; 16 shots against Dallas; and tonight against Boston, 17 shots, in their last three games. It is the first time this season that the Canucks have had three games inwhich they have had 19 shots in a game or less; first time they have done it in three games straight. And Vancouver has lost each game doing it.
- Canucks in the face-off circle:
- Henrik Sedin, 12 for 18: 67 per cent
- Bo Horvat, 8 for 13: 62 per cent
- Adam Cracknell, 4 for 14: 29 per cent
- Jared McCann, 1 for 8: 13 per cent
- Radim Vrbata, 0 for 1: 0 per cent
- Total: 25 for 54: 46 per cent
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CANUCKS AT A GLANCE
CANUCK PLAYER STATS
Vancouver is 4-1 when Prust has a fight major in a game
Ben Hutton missed 7 games.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom will start
Injured: Luca Sbisa (hand), Jake Virtanen (hip), Chris Higgins (head), Brandon Sutter (sports hernia surgery)
Scratched: Alex Biega