CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff December 15, 2015
Updated at 8:55 pm PST
CANUCKS MAKE LOSING LOOK EASY
The Vancouver Canucks (11-13-8) registered their 21rst loss of the season, in a lopsided loss, to the Minnesota Wild (16-7-6), and continue to be winless on their 6 game road trip.
Vancouver came out skating with the Wild and got the first two shots on Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper but the home team scored first on the power play when Ben Hutton took a penalty for holding Charlie Coyle, at 4:50.
Thomas Vanek scored on the power play, his 11th goal of the season, on a tip in, assisted by Zach Parise (7) and Jason Pominville (14) at 5:17.
The Wild continued to take the game to Vancouver as they pressed the Canucks in their own end, with Miller coming up with timely saves. At the halfway point of the period, Minnesota had built up a 13 to 5 shot lead.
After a few good shifts that saw the Canucks get some good scoring opportunities, Minnesota beat Vancouver to the net, scoring at 12:47 to make it 2-0, on an even strength goal,when Jason Zucker scored his 7th goal, on a wrist shot, assisted by Thomas Vanek (10) and Mikko Koivu (17).
- Minnesota outshot Vancouver 17-12. Canuck defensemen got most of the shots in the first period for Vancouver: Matt Bartkowski had 3; Alex Edler and Alex Biega, 2 each; no Canuck forward had more than one shot in the period.
- Canucks were not very good in the face-off circle, successful on 8 for 22. Adam Cracknell was 3 for 5; Henrik Sedin, 2 for 7; Bo Horvat, 2 for 5; Jared McCann, 1-5.
- Canuck defensemen had four of the 5 block shots, led by Chris Tanev with 2; Chris Higgins had the only block shot amongst the Vancouver forwards. Vancouver and Minnesota had 7 hits each, with no Canuck having more than one.
In the middle period, Vancouver continued to get into penalty trouble, and play with little intensity or push back, and Minnesota continued to make Vancouver pay.
Yannick Weber got a penalty at 5:17 for holding Charlie Coyle, and the the Wild wasted little time adding to their lead as Zach Parise scored his 10th goal, assisted by Thomas Vanek (11) and Mikko Koivu (18) at 5:25, to make it 3-0 Wild.
Miller had stopped Parise on two previous shots, but he couldn’t stop the third, and a frustrated Miller had to be wondering where his teammates were on that goal. Minnesota had out shot Vancouver 5-0 up to goal.
A little over a minute later, the Canucks spoiled Kuemper’s shutout bid, as Jannick Hansen scored his 9th goal, on a wrist shot, assisted by Henrik Sedin (21) and Daniel Sedin (21), at 6:45, and Vancouver pulled within two at 3-1.
Less than two minutes later, the Wild scored a disputed goal that was challenged by the Canucks when Mikko Koivu scored on Miller with a snapshot at 8:12. Vancouver believed the play to be offside but on review was ruled a good goal. Assists went to Thomas Vanek (12) and Nate Prosser (2), and the Wild were once again up by three goals at 4-1, on an even strength goal.
At 11:04 Jared McCann got a double-minor for high sticking Zach Parise and Minnesota were on power plays three and four of the game.
And once again, the Wild were efficient with their time as, they scored their 3rd power play goal of the game; Ryan Suter, on a wrist shot, his 5 goal, at 12:36, assisted by Zach Parise (8) and Mikko Koivu (19), making it 5-1.
Before the period would end, Minnesota would make it 6 to 1, on an even strength goal, when Marco Scandella scored his 4rth goal, on a wrist shot, assisted by Matt Dumba (4) and Nino Niederreiter (5) at 16:03.
- The Wild outscored the Canucks 4-1 in the middle period and out shot Vancouver, 19-9.
- The penalty kill was put to sleep as the Wild were 2 for 3 on the power play, needing little time to score against a lacklustre Canuck team.
- At the end of two, Zach Parise led both teams in shots with 8, with teammates Jason Zucker and Ryan Suter having 4 each.
- The Canucks defensemen had a total of 10 shots after two, led by Matt Bartkowski with 4. Jannick Hansen led the Vancouver forwards with 3 shots.
- Vancouver did not do any better on face-offs in the middle period as they were 9 for 27. Adam Cracknell and Bo Horvat were the best face-off men after two period, both 6 for 12.
The final period started with a new goalie for Vancouver as coach Willie Desjardin replaced Ryan Miller with Jacob Markstrom, and Minnesota took their hand off the throttle, as there would be only one goal scored.
Just over six minutes into the period, a turnover to the Canuck captain, Henrik Sedin, resulted in Vancouver’s second goal, as he fed a pass to brother Daniel to make it a four goal game at 6-2 Minnesota.
It was Daniel Sedin’s 14th goal of the season, and Henrik Sedin’s 22nd assist of the campaign, at 6:16.
- Canucks were out shot 41-31 in the game.
- In the face-off circle, Vancouver was 25 for 72.
- Jannick Hansen had 5 shots for Vancouver; Zach Parise led the Wild with 8 shots.
- Canucks had no power play opportunities; and were 2 for 5 on the penalty kill.
- Canuck defensemen Alex Biega and Yannick Weber led all Canucks in hits with 3 each.
- Chris Tanev finished with 3 block shots.
- Vancouver has been outscored 10-2 in their first two games on the road trip.
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