CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff December 13, 2015
KANE EXTENDS POINTS STREAK TO 26 GAMES
CANUCKS SHUTOUT FOR 3RD TIME IN 7-GAMES
Vancouver (11-12-8) gave a valiant effort, but has been the case this season, it was not enough for the Canucks to defeat Chicago (17-10-4) for the second time this season.
Chicago opened up the scoring early in the last half of the opening period, with a power play goal by Duncan Keith (5), on wrist shot, at 11:51, assisted by Artemi Panarin (20), Patrick Kane (27).
The first period ended 1-0 Chicago.
Except for the Sedin line, there was little time in the offensive zone for the other Canuck forwards, adding to the concern about secondary scoring and shots.
Vancouver was 9 for 19 in the face-off circle. Henrik Sedin was 1 for 3; Bo Horvat, 3 for 6; Adam Cracknell, 2 for 4; Jared McCann, 2 for 4; Derek Dorsett, 1 for 1; Radim Vrbata, 0 for 1. Canucks were 0 for 1 on the penalty kill.
Shots were 8-8. Canucks out hit Chicago, 15-4. Jannick Hansen and Matt Bartkowski had 3 hits each; Bo Horvat, 2 hits. Radim Vrbata had 2 shots for Vancouver.
Canuck defensemen had all seven blocked shots in the opening period for Vancouver led by Chris Tanev with 3; Yannick Weber with 2; Ben Hutton and Alex Biega had one each.
The second period was scoreless with both teams have scoring chances but both Miller and Crawford were in their zone.
Chicago’s strength on face-offs made life difficult for the Canucks but Ryan Miller was outstanding between the pipes.
Vancouver, who dominated in shots for most of the period, out shot Chicago 14-11, as Chicago pressed hard in the last eight minutes of the period, with shots on Miller, to increase their lead. Miller stopped them all.
Vancouver out hit the Blackhawks, 10-5. Vancouver was 0 for 2 on the power play and 1 for 1 on the penalty kill.
In the face-off circle, Chicago continued to dominate as Vancouver was 8 for 23 in the middle period. Bo Horvat was the best Canuck in the face-off circle after two periods at 6 for 10.
Canucks defensemen had 12 hits after two periods led by Matt Bartkowski with 4. Weber and Edler had 3 each. Bo Horvat led the forwards with 4 hits.
Radim Vrbata and Daniel Sedin were the only Canucks with more than two shots after two, as they each had 4 shots.
The Canucks entered the final period not having won a game after trailing after two periods this season (0-7-3).
Chicago made it 2-0 at 11:51, after both teams were battling for the next goal. Dennis Rasmussen (2) on a tip-in, assisted by Bryan Bickell (1) and Andrew Shaw (7).
A Canuck goal soon after Chicago made it 2-0 was waved off for a glove pass from Daniel Sedin to Henrik Sedin.
With just over three minutes left in the game, the Canucks pulled Miller for a sixth attacker in an attempt to pull within a goal, but with less than a minute left, Chicago scored when Andrew Shaw put the puck into an empty net with 31 second left, assisted by Niklas Hjalmarsson (9).
To add insult to injury, the Blackhawks made it 4-0, with 10 seconds left in the game, when Brandon Mashinter (1) scored, assisted by Trevor Daley )6) and Dennis Rasmussen (1).
And Vancouver continues not having won a game after trailing after two periods this season (0-8-3).
- Shots were even in the game at 30 apiece.
- Daniel Sedin had 6 shots, while Radim Vrbata had 5 shots.
- Canucks were 0 for 3 on the power play; and 1 for 2 on the penalty kill.
- Vancouver out hit Chicago, 35-16. Canuck defensemen had 18 hits led by Matt Bartkowski with 6. Yannick Weber, Jannick Hansen and Bo Horvat had 4 hits each. Alex Burrows and Alex Edler had 3 hits each.
- Canucks defensemen had 12 block shots, led by Chris Tanev with 3. Ben Hutton, Alex Edler and Matt Bartkowski had 2 block shots each.
- Ryan Miller stopped 26 of 29 shots he faced for a SV% of .897. His record is now 9-10-6.
- As for the plus/minus, thirteen players finished the game in the minus category.
- Vancouver was 21 for 59 on face-offs and continue to be the NHL worst on face-offs.
NEXT GAME UP: AT MINNESOTA WILD TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015
CANUCKS AT A GLANCE
CANUCKS PLAYER STATS
Statistics courtesy of the NHL and Vancouver Canucks, with thanks.