CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff January 1, 2016
CANUCKS NOW 4-1-1 IN LAST SIX GAMES
Vancouver (15-15-9) grinded it out against the Anaheim Ducks (15-15-7), giving them a taste of their own game, in a 2-1 shootout victory at Rogers Place, in the third game of four straight against Pacific division opponents on their 7-game home stand.
Chris Tanev, in his first game since December 22, scored the tying goal; and Alex Burrows got his first point in 17 games with an assist on the 1-1 goal.
The win vaulted Vancouver ahead of San Jose into 3rd place in the Pacific division and a playoff position for now with 39 points.
San Jose has three games in hand on the Canucks; Los Angeles, Arizona, Anaheim and Calgary, each have two games in hand on Vancouver.
The opening frame was uneventful except for a couple of Anaheim goal posts by Mike Santorelli and Rickard Rakell. The good scoring chances either team had, both starting goaltenders Jacob Markstrom and Frederik Andersen, stood solid, keeping the game scoreless after the first period.
Canucks were out shot, 9-6; were 7 for 19 in the face-off circle; and were out hit 7 to 4. No Canuck had more than one shot in the opening period.
Both Linden Vey and Adam Cracknell were 2 for 3, for 67%; Bo Horvat, 2 for 5, for 40%, in the face-off circle.
For Anaheim, Ryan Getzlaf, was a perfect 6 for 6 on face-offs. Both teams were 0 for 1 on their power plays.
Vancouver came out in the second period with some jump, and played well in the first five minutes, out shooting the Ducks 5-2, before Yannick Weber took a penalty for interference on Kevin Bieksa at 5:31.
The Ducks would get on the score sheet with their second power play opportunity of the game, on their fourth shot with the man advantage, as Ryan Kesler popped in his first goal against his former team in 8 games.
It was Kesler’s 5th goal of the season, with assists from Chris Stewart (5) and Mike Santorelli (3) at 7:24. And the Ducks 4rth power play goal in their last 4 games.
Brandon Prust locked skates with Ryan Kesler and left the game in the last three minutes of the period.
Canucks down 1-0 after two periods.
Both teams were even in shots in the period with 9 each. Canucks were 8 for 14 in the face-off circle, and out hit the Ducks 8 to 6. Four Canucks had 2 shots each after two periods: Yannick Weber, Alex Edler, Jannick Hansen and Bo Horvat. Seven other Canucks had one shot each after forty minutes.
Anaheim went into the final period looking for a third consecutive shutout to end their three game Western Canada road swing.
And Vancouver breathed a sigh of relief as Brandon Prust came back into the game for the final period.
The Canucks started off the period with an early man advantage at 0:33 seconds as Jakob Silfverberg got an interference penalty on Jacob Markstrom. The Canucks were unsuccessful at tying the game and became 0 for 19 in their last 9 games on the power play.
Vancouver played with a sense of urgency and purpose, with the game opening up, and both teams getting scoring opportunities.
Nearing the seven minute mark of the period, Vancouver continued to be thwarted and frustrated by the Duck’s back checking and fore checking, intercepting Canucks passes and interfering with Vancouver break out attempts from their end.
Canucks persistence would pay off, as a long wrist shot by Chris Tanev, off the post and in, evened up the game at 1-1. It was Tanev’s 2nd goal of the year at 10:24 with assists from Alex Burrows (7) and Linden Vey (1). It was Burrows first point in 17 games.
As the Canucks continued to take the game to Anaheim and attempt to get that go ahead goal, Ryan Kesler took a minor penalty at 15:28 for tripping Jannick Hansen that put Vancouver on the power play for the 3rd time in the game. The Canucks would end up 0 for 3 on their man advantage for the game, and 0 for 20 in their last 9 games (including tonight’s game).
Vancouver is now 2 for 35 in their last 13 games with the man advantage (2 for 24 at home).
The Ducks and Canucks went into overtime to try and settle the game, with Anaheim having an edge on shots, hits and face-off dominance with Vancouver having 9 giveaways to 3 for the Ducks in regulation play.
Henrik Sedin had a great chance in the final seconds of overtime as he broke in on Andersen on a break away but could not pull off a victory in overtime.
Vancouver would eventually defeat Anaheim 2-1 in a shootout as Corey Perry was unable to extend the shootout against Jacob Markstrom.