CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff FEBRUARY 5, 2016
CANUCKS LET IMPORTANT POINT SLIP AWAY
The Vancouver Canucks (20-19-12) hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets (20-28-5) last night at Rogers Place, in-game two of a three game home stand.
Columbus visited Vancouver in the second of a three game Western Canada road trip that started Tuesday night against Edmonton, with a 5-1 loss, and finishes tonight against Calgary.
Linden Vey scored his 2nd goal of the season (2-3=5 in last 8 games played); Bo Horvat had an assist (7-6=13 in last 12 games played); Sven Baertschi picked up a helper (4-3=7 in last 11 games played); and Ryan Miller stopped 27 of 28 shots for a .964 Sv%., but it was not enough as the Canucks ended the game on the short end of the score, losing 2-1 to Columbus in a shoot out; their second straight loss on their current 3-game home stand.
Miller is now 1-3-2 in his last 6 game starts, with a 2.27 GAA, and .934 Sv%. Last 8 game starts at home, he is 4-3-1 with a 2.01 GAA, and .930 Sv%.
The Blue Jackets took the game to the Canucks from the opening face-off, getting the first shots of the game and getting scoring chances on Miller.Columbus outhitting Canucks 6-1, out shooting Vancouver 2-0 after five minutes played.
Canucks were getting shots, but missing the net as the period continued but with 12:18 left, Canucks were out shot 3-1; out hit, 6-1, losing face-offs 3-1;had 2 giveaways; 3 blocked shots.
Vancouver got their first break of the game when the first power play of the game went to the Canucks as Cam Atkinson hooked Ben Hutton at 7:42.
Canucks would score on power play as Linden Vey, his 2nd goal of the season from Sven Baertschi (9) and Bo Horvat (14) at 9:05, put Vancouver up 1-0.
The rest of the period saw the Canucks take their game to the Blue Jackets as they eventually took the lead on shots, and started to be competitive in the face-off circle.
The Canucks would hold the lead after the opening period, 1-0.
After one period:
- Team Shots On Net: 10-9 Canucks; Team Hits: 13-2 Columbus; Team Face-offs: 8-6 Columbus
- Team Blocked Shots: 5-3 Canucks; Team Takeaways: 0-0; Team Giveaways: 4-1 Canucks
- Power Play: 1 for 1 Canucks; Penalty Kill: 0 for 1 Columbus; Individual Shots: Edler, Hutton, Sutter, Vey: 2 shots each
- Individual Hits: Edler,Vrbata: 1 hit each; Individual Face-offs: Horvat, 2 for 4; H.Sedin, 2 for 6.
- Teams Corsi For: EV 5v5—> 18 Columbus; 16 Canucks; Teams Corsi For: All Strengths—> 18 Columbus; 17 Canucks
- Individual Corsi For: EV 5v5—> Sbisa +5; Hutton +4; Sutter & D.Sedin +2 each; Individual Corsi For: All Strengths—> Sbisa +5; Hutton +5; Sutter & D.Sedin +2 each.
In the middle frame, the Canucks received their first penalty of the game on a sloppy change at 1:44 for too many men on the ice. Sven Baertschi would serve the bench minor.
The Canucks killed the penalty but soon after, Columbus got a great scoring opportunity and the Blue Jackets drew a Canuck penalty on the play.
Sven Baertschi went off at 4:16 for holding Boone Jenner. Vancouver would kill off the shorthand situation for a perfect 2 for 2 on the penalty kill.
The Canucks spent the majority of the opening minutes of the second period shorthanded and it allowed Columbus to get the momentum in the game.
Blue Jackets continued to dominate the Canucks on hits and face-off wins, and eventually started to out shoot Vancouver as they neared the halfway point of the middle frame.
With under five minutes left in the period, the Blue Jackets were dominating the Canucks in their end, when the Canucks would break out and spend some time in the Columbus zone trying to go up by two goals in the game. Both teams would exchange time on the offense but shots were few and the period ended without any goals.
Canucks still leading after two period, 1-0.
After two periods:
- Team Shots On Net: 7-7; Team Hits: 22-7 Columbus; Team Face-offs: 14-12 Canucks
- Team Blocked Shots: 9-8 Canucks; Team Takeaways: 3-1 Canucks; Team Giveaways: 8-2 Canucks
- Power Play: 1 for 1 Canucks; Penalty Kill: 2 for 2 Canucks; 0 for 1 Columbus
- Individual Shots: Vey and Edler, 4 shots each; Individual Hits: Edler, 3 hits; Biega, 2 hits
- Individual Face-offs: Sutter, 4 for 4; Horvat, 5 for 7; Vey, 2 for 5; H.Sedin, 2 for 9.
- Teams Corsi For: EV 5v5—>Columbus-31; Canucks-28; Teams Corsi For: All Strengths—>Columbus-34; Canucks-30
- Individual Corsi For: EV 5v5—>Sbisa +8; Hutton +6; Burrows & Etem, +3 each; Individual Corsi For: All Strengths—>Sbisa +7; Hutton +6; Etem & Vey, +3 each
The Canucks came out in the last period playing sloppy including being caught on another sloppy change that resulted in a Columbus scoring opportunity.
Jared McCann would answer that with a great scoring opportunity of his own but was stopped cold by the Blue Jackets goaltender.
Vancouver would get another power play opportunity when Chris Tanev was high sticked by Rene Bourque at 6:06. Canucks power play had great scoring opportunities and great puck movement, even hitting a goalpost, but were unable to bury the puck with the man advantage.
After killing off a penalty, the Blue Jackets received a power play of their own when Jared McCann would go off for hooking Brandon Dubinsky at 8:35.
Columbus would waste little time taking advantage of their third power play of the game, when Scott Hartnell would score to even up the game at 1-1, 31 some 31-seconds later.
Hartnell, his 18th goal of the season, on a wrist shot, assisted by Cam Atkinson (16) and Ryan Murray (13) at 9:06.
Canucks continued to press for the another goal but kept wasting their opportunities.
Going into the last five minutes of the third period, it was anybody’s game.
Vancouver dominated the final five minutes of the game, with the Blue Jacket goalie coming up with save after save, as the Canucks kept pressing.
The game would end tied at 1-1 in regulation play and go to overtime.
Canucks were 3-9 in the season going into overtime, and needed the extra point to keep pace with Anaheim and Arizona.
Columbus player William Karlsson would get a penalty for interference at 2:26 and the Canucks went on a 4 on 3 power play.
The Canucks power play could not score and Ryan Miller would end up making a great save to send the game to a shoot out to decide the game winner.
Columbus won the game 2-1 in the shoot out.
Vancouver sits in 5th place in the Pacific division, with 52 points and are 3 points behind Anaheim and 2 points behind Arizona, in 3rd and 4rth respectively; and 6 points behind 2nd place San Jose.
CANUCKS GAME NOTES
- Vancouver ended their consecutive streak at home of not winning the face-off battle against their opponent, at 16 games, as they won 31 of 56 face-offs against Columbus tonight.
- Canucks ended their consecutive games streak without a power play goal at 6 games tonight.
- Vancouver ended their consecutive streak at home of opponents scoring the opening goal at 8 games, with the Linden Vey goal tonight.
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STATISTICS COURTESY OF THE NHL AND VANCOUVER CANUCKS