CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff December 22, 2015
CANUCKS TAKE 5 OF 6 POINTS IN FINAL 3 GAMES OF 6 GAME ROAD TRIP
Vancouver (13-14-9) played the last game of their six game road trip against Tampa Bay (17-15-3) tonight, and outlasted the home team for a 2-1 win.
The Canucks got on the winning side of things, after a tough 5-4 shoot out loss to Florida on Sunday afternoon.
The opening period saw Vancouver dominate play and they were rewarded before the end of the period.
Sven Baertschi, with his 5th goal of the season and 3rd goal in three games, on a backhand shot, put Vancouver up 1-0 at 15:57. Radim Vrbata (8) and Alex Biega (2) assisted on the goal.
Vancouver out shot Tampa Bay, 7-4. Jannick Hansen had 3 shots; Sven Baertschi, 2 shots. Canucks were better in the face-off circle, 8 for 15. Bo Horvat was 3 for 5; Henrik Sedin, 2 for 5. Vancouver out hit Tampa Bay, 9-6 with Alex Biega leading the way with 3 hits. Six other Canucks had one hit each.
Vancouver was 0 for 1 on the power play; 3 for 3 on the penalty kill, with no shots allowed
In the middle frame, Tampa Bay continued getting the favour of the referees by being given three power plays, scoring on one to tie the game up at 1-1 in the final minute.
Jonathan Marchessault, his 5th goal of the season, on a snap shot, off the post, assisted by Nikita Kucherov (12) and Anton Starlman (10) at 19:38.
It was a Tampa Bay’s period as they out shot Vancouver 13-9; and dominated the face-circle, winning 16 of 20 face-offs. Alex Edler had 4 blocked shots after two periods.
A fast start for Tampa Bay in the final period greeted Vancouver, as they continued where they left off in the second period.
Markstrom came up with a huge save on Steven Stamkos in the first minute of the final frame, and the Lightning continued to press Vancouver.
And as happened in the first two periods, the Canucks continued to be subjected to the bad side of the referees, as they continued to get penalized, making it difficult to get their even strength game going.
But the Canucks would score, at 6:08 of the period, but a penalty to Henrik Sedin for tripping wiped out the goal that would have given Vancouver a 2-1 lead.
Instead, Tampa Bay ended up going on their 8th power play and the game continued to be tied 1-1.
The referees obviously thought the Canucks were a goon squad as they ended up shorthanded for a 9th time at 8:49 when Radim Vrbata got a penalty for hooking.
Shortly after killing off the Vrbata penalty, the hockey gods looked favourably upon Vancouver, as Daniel Sedin scored on Ben Bishop, on a slapshot, his 16th goal of the season, giving Vancouver a 2-1 lead, assisted by Henrik Sedin (23) at 11:09.
A too many men on the ice penalty with less than two minutes left, gave Tampa Bay a chance to tie the game on their 10th power play opportunity of the game.
And soon after getting control, Tampa Bay pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker, but the Canucks would hang on for an important 2-1 victory, taking 5 of a possible 6 points in the final 3 games of their 6 game road trip.
Canuck defenseman Chris Tanev took a shot on his leg in the final seconds of the game, and would limp off the ice at the buzzer.
Vancouver was out shot in the 3rd period, 10 to 3 and 27-19 in the game. Canucks were 0 for 1 on the power play and 9 for 10 on the penalty kill. The 10 power plays opportunities against are the most this season for Vancouver.
After a promising start in the face-off circle after the first period winning 8 of 15 draws, Vancouver was 9 for 37 the rest of the game (4 for 20 in the second period). Bo Horvat was 8 for 25: 32%; Henrik Sedin, 4 for 12: 33%; Jared McCann, 3 for 6: 50%.
Alex Edler had 7 blocked shots; Chris Tanev, 4 blocked shots. Derek Dorsett had 4 hits; defensemen Alex Biega and Matt Bartkowski, 3 hits apiece.
Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 of 27 shots in grinding it out for his 2nd win of the season, 2-3-3. He was 17 for 17 on even strength shots, and finished with a .963 Sv%.
With his goal, Daniel Sedin now has 18 points (9-9-18) in his last 16 games played.
Sven Baertschi extended his points streak to three games with a goal in three consecutive games, to go with his lone assist, for 4 points.
With his goal tonight, Baertschi matched his longest goal streak of three games that occurred March 11-15, 2012.
Bo Horvat, Jannik Hansen and Jared McCann had their points streaks come to an end tonight.
ROAD TRIP REVIEW……
- Vancouver record: 2W-3L-1SO (GF:11; GA: 20)
- Canucks had six different goal scorers:
- Jared McCann, Radim Vrbata, Sven Baertschi
- Henrik Sedin, Jannik Hansen, Daniel Sedin
- Sven Baertschi and Jannik Hansen finished with 4 points each.
- Shot leaders:
- Daniel Sedin: 24
- Radim Vrbata: 23
- Alex Edler: 20
- Face-off win percentage:
- Alex Burrows: 77.8%
- Bo Horvat: 50.0%
- Daniel Sedin: +4
- Henrik Sedin: +3
- Yannick Weber, Ben Hutton: +2
- Chris Higgins: -7; Alex Edler: -3
- Chris Tanev: -3;
- Matt Bartkowski: -3
- Alex Burrows: -3
- Penalty Kill: 21 for 28, 75%; Power Play: 0 for 11, 0%.
- Face-off win percentage: 39.3%
- Shots For: 190; Shots Against: 199
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