Virtanen, Baertschi Get Goals In 3-2 Loss To San Jose

CANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    MARCH 3, 2016

Canucks Drop Their Third Straight Game

The Vancouver Canucks (24-27-12) looked to pick up their first win of March, on the second visit by the San Jose Sharks (35-22-6) in five days, on Thursday night.

Vancouver could not find a way to win against division rival San Jose for the second time, after taking a one goal lead into the final period, this time losing 3-2 to San Jose, as the Sharks scored three unanswered goals, two in the 3rd, to pull out the win, and move further ahead of the Canucks for the final playoff spot in the Pacific division.

“Our 2nd period wasn’t great, game got away from us. San Jose came with a better effort in the 2nd and it made the difference” – Desjardins

Source: Vancouver Canucks Twitter

Jake Virtanen with a goal and an assist; Sven Baertschi with a goal; Dan Hamhuis with two assists; Chris Tanev with a helper; and Ryan Miller stopped 27 of 30 shots, to lead the Canucks.

Markus Granlund, Daniel Sedin, Bo Horvat, Ben Hutton, and Alex Biega had good games in the loss.

“After their second goal, we stepped back. We didn’t start to play in the 3rd until they went up 3-2. We needed more” – H. Sedin

Source: Vancouver Canucks Twitter

Penalty kill is 37 for 43 in last 14 games for 86.0 percent, 4th best in the NHL since January 25, after going 3 for 4 tonight.

Power play is 6 for 22 in last 9 games for 27.3 percent, 5th best in the NHL since February 12, after going 0 for 1 tonight.

Ryan Miller is 3-5-1 in his last 9 game starts, with a 2.35 GAA and .926 Sv%, after tonight’s game.

Jacob Markstrom is 6-4-1 in his last 11 game starts, with a 2.59 GAA and .914 Sv%,

The same two teams meet again in their next games in San Jose on Saturday night.

GAME REVIEW

The Canucks started the game taking the play to the Sharks, out shooting them 8-1 after a an unsuccessful power play opportunity when Michael Haley went off for hooking Bo Horvat at 4:59.

Vancouver would score 15-seconds after their power play when Jake Virtanen would put in his 6th goal, at 7:14, on a backhand shot, with assists from Dan Hamhuis (7) and Chris Tanev (12), to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead.

VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 3: Jake Virtanen #18 of the Vancouver Canucks fires a shot at Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks during their NHL game at Rogers Arena March 3, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – MARCH 3: Jake Virtanen #18 of the Vancouver Canucks fires a shot at Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks during their NHL game at Rogers Arena March 3, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

With eight minutes left in the period, the Canucks led in shots 13-4 but were 4 for 13 on face-offs.

Dan Hamhuis would get a holding penalty with 4:55 left in the opening period, giving the Sharks their first power play of the game. Alex Burrows had a great shorthanded opportunity for the Canucks but hit the goal post, as Vancouver would kill the penalty.

Sven Baertschi would make it 2-0, as the line of Virtanen-Granlund and Baertschi, was all over the Sharks in their end.

It was Baertschi’s 13 goal, and 11th in the last 28 games, at 18:31, assisted by Dan Hamhuis (8) and Jake Virtanen (5).

Vancouver 2-0 after the opening frame.

After one period:

  • Team Shots: Sharks-7    Canucks-15
  • Team Face-offs: Sharks-11/16   Canucks-5/16
  • Team Hits: Sharks-2     Canucks-5
  • Team Blocked Shots: Canucks-3        Sharks-0
  • Team Takeaways: Sharks-2     Canucks-4
  • Team Giveaways: Sharks-2     Canucks-2
  • Power Play: Sharks:  0/1     Canucks:  0/1
  • Penalty Kill: Canucks:   1/ 1     Sharks:  1/1
  • Canucks Individual Shots: D. Hamhuis-3
  • Canucks Individual Hits: 1-by 6 Canucks
  • Canucks Individual Face-offs: H.Sedin-3/5; B.Horvat-2/6
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • EV 5v5—Sharks-15    Canucks-16
    • All Strengths—Sharks-15    Canucks-20
  • Canucks Individual Corsi For:
    • EV 5v5—M.Granlund +6; D.Hamhuis +6; J. Virtanen +5; S.Baertschi +4
    • All Strengths—D.Hamhuis +7; M.Granlund +7; J. Virtanen +6; S.Baertschi +6
  •  Corsi For measures the shot attempt differential of a player while on the ice including shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots for and against.

Sharks came out motivated in the second period, building up a quick 4-0 lead in shots, and having most of the play in the Vancouver zone, within the first minute and a half.

The Canucks would finally turn the tables and get some time in the Sharks end, trying to go up by three goals in the game.

San Jose dominated the first five minutes, out shooting Vancouver 9-2 and winning 4 of 5 face-offs.

Derek Dorsett received a penalty for slashing Joe Thornton at 6:23, giving the Sharks the man advantage opportunity, their second of the game, but they could not score.

Nearing the ten minute mark, Sharks continued to out shoot the Canucks, 13-4, and won 5 of 9 face-offs.

San Jose would finally put one past Ryan Miller on a deflected shot at 10:29 but it would come under review for a possible high stick in front of the net. The goal would stand.

“That’s 100 per cent a high-stick on their first goal, I just watched the replay. Big game for us and they call that a goal” – Miller

Source: Vancouver Canucks Twitter

Thomas Hertle, his 16 goal, assisted by Brent Burn (34) and Joe Thornton (46), cutting the Canucks lead to one goal at 2-1.

With 7:48 left in the period, Vancouver was finally dominating face-offs, with a 7-5 advantage but were still being out shot 14-4, as the Canucks were anything but overly physical at laying the body on the San Jose players in the Vancouver zone.

Derek Dorsett of the Canucks and Michael Haley of the Sharks would receive fighting majors at 13:02. It was the first fight between them in the NHL.

VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 3: Derek Dorsett #15 of the Vancouver Canucks and Micheal Haley #38 of the San Jose Sharks fight during their NHL game at Rogers Arena March 3, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – MARCH 3: Derek Dorsett #15 of the Vancouver Canucks and Micheal Haley #38 of the San Jose Sharks fight during their NHL game at Rogers Arena March 3, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Ben Hutton would go off for covering up the puck with 4:56 left in the period, the Sharks third power play of the game, second of the period, and they would be 0 for 3.

With under a minute left in the period, Daniel Sedin would get a penalty for high sticking at 19:03.

Canucks would end the period with a 2-1 lead.

After two periods:

  • Team Shots: Sharks-23    Canucks-23
  • Team Face-offs: Sharks-20/40   Canucks-20/40
  • Team Hits: Sharks-9     Canucks-11
  • Team Blocked Shots: Canucks-11     Sharks-6
  • Team Takeaways: Sharks-4     Canucks-9
  • Team Giveaways: Sharks-3     Canucks-5
  • Power Play: Sharks: 0/4     Canucks: 0/1
  • Penalty Kill: Canucks: 4/4      Sharks: 1/1
  • Canucks Individual Shots: D.Sedin-4; D.Hamhuis-3; A.Biega-3
  • Canucks Individual Hits: A.Biega-3; Daniel Sedin-2; L.Sbisa-2
  • Canucks Individual Face-offs: H.Sedin: 9/13; B.Horvat: 8/15; M.Granlund-3/8
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • EV 5v5—Sharks-33    Canucks-30
    • All Strengths—Sharks-39    Canucks-35
  • Canucks Individual Corsi For:
    • EV 5v5—D. Hamhuis +7; M. Granlund +5; L.Sbisa +3
    • All Strengths—D.Hamhuis +5; L.Sbisa +5; M. Granlund +3; J.Virtanen +3
  •  Corsi For measures the shot attempt differential of a player while on the ice including shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots for and against.

The Canucks went into the final period with a one-goal lead, the same situation they had on Sunday night against this same team, when the Sharks would score four straight times, to pull out a victory.

How would it end in this game?

Brent Burns on the power play would even the game up at 2-2 for the Sharks, on their first shot of the period. His 22 goal of the season at 0:43, assisted by Thomas Hertl (19).

The Canucks would get caught up in the Sharks end, as Dan Hamhuis pinched in, and the Sharks broke out of their end to score to get their first lead of the game at 3-2.

Patrick Marleau, his 19th goal, at 5:29, assisted by Joonas Donskoi (18) and Logan Couture (17).

Can you say Déjà vu?

With 4:52 left, Sharks out shooting Canucks 6-4.

With time winding down, the Canucks and Sharks slowed the game up to unbearable proportions, unbelievable for the Canucks who should be motivated in front of their home fans to out work the Sharks.

With 2:21 left on the clock Ryan Miller was pulled for an extra attacker, in an attempt to get the tying goal.

Vancouver was unable to get sustained pressure in the San Jose zone, but with 66-seconds left, they would get a face-off in the Sharks end and take their time-out.

Daniel Sedin would get a glorious opportunity but was robbed by Martin Jones, and that would be as close as they would get.

Sharks winning 3-2, out scoring Vancouver 2-0 in the final period.

End of Game:

  • Team Shots: Sharks-30    Canucks-30
  • Team Face-offs: Sharks-30/60   Canucks-30/60
  • Team Hits: Sharks-12     Canucks-14
  • Team Blocked Shots: Canucks-21    Sharks-16
  • Team Takeaways: Sharks-5     Canucks-9
  • Team Giveaways: Sharks-3     Canucks-11
  • Power Play: Sharks: 1/4     Canucks: 0 /1
  • Penalty Kill: Canucks: 3/4      Sharks: 1/1
  • Canucks Individual Shots: D.Sedin-5; D.Hamhuis-3; A.Biega-3; B.Gaunce; S.Baertschi-3
  • Canucks Individual Hits: A.Biega-4; L.Sbisa-3
  • Canucks Individual Face-offs: H.Sedin-12/18; B.Horvat-11/23; M.Granlund-6/14
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • EV 5v5—Sharks-52    Canucks-50
    • All Strengths—Sharks-61    Canucks-55
  • Canucks Individual Corsi For:
    • EV 5v5—A.Burrows +4; L.Sbisa +4; D.Hamhuis +4; M. Granlund +3
    • All Strengths—L.Sbisa +6; D.Sedin +3; A.Burrows +2
  •  Corsi For measures the shot attempt differential of a player while on the ice including shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots for and against.

San Jose Sharks @ Vancouver Canucks

2016-03-01
3–2
Final

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