CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff MARCH 25, 2016
CANUCKS LOSING STREAK AT 7 GAMES
VANCOUVER SHUTOUT FOR FOURTH TIME IN 5 GAMES
ELLIOTT GETS 3RD CONSECUTIVE SHUTOUT FOR THE BLUES
The Vancouver Canucks came into the state of Missouri tonight to take on the St. Louis Blues on a 6 game losing streak, facing possible elimination from the playoffs, in the final game of their three game road trip.
The Canucks were looking for Lady Luck to smile upon them, along with divine intervention to bless them with a much needed win, in the first of seven straight games against playoff teams.
The Blues were looking for a victory to punch their ticket for the NHL playoffs, their 40th postseason appearance in franchise history and the sixth appearance in the last 11 seasons, and fifth season in a row.
Who would make it a really “Good Friday” with a win tonight?
- Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who stopped 47 of 49 shots against the Winnipeg Jets on March 22 and was named the first star of the game, in a 2-0 loss, was making his 7th start of the month, entering the game with a 2-4-0 record, including a .923 Sv% and 2.53 GAA in March.
- Markstrom in his previous two starts faced 70 shots, and responded with a .959 Sv% and 1.53 GAA.
- Goalie Brian Elliott made his third consecutive start tonight for the Blues, earning two consecutive shutouts, after returning from a lower-body injury that kept him sidelined for 10 games.
Markstrom did his best, stopping 32 of 36 shots, but Vancouver could not get a puck past the Blues goalie and lost 4-0, ending their playoff hopes and extending their losing streak to 7 consecutive games, in the final game of their 3 game road trip.
St. Louis would open the scoring on a Canucks turnover on the Blues blue line, resulting on a St. Louis 3-on-1 on Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom, eventually scoring, to make it 1-0 with a shorthanded goal, at 10:51. Kyle Brodziak, his 4rth goal, on a tip-in, assisted by Scottie Upshall (5), with Vancouver on the power play.
The Blues would continue to dominate the period, and would use their well executed puck possession in the Canucks ends to go up by two goals at 15:25, on a wrist shot by Robby Fabbri, his 18 goal, assisted by Paul Stastny (31) and Troy Brouwer (17).
The Canucks would come close in the last minutes of the period to cutting the Blues lead by a goal when Chris Higgins had a great opportunity going in on Blues goalie Brian Elliott all alone but Elliott responded with a superb save.
In the first period:
- Canucks out were out shot by the Blues 11-7 and won 10 of 18 face-offs.
- Canucks were out hit 8 to 5 by the Blues.
- Vancouver power play was 0 for 1, and penalty kill was 1 for 1.
- Corsi For:
- Even Strength: St. Louis-16; Vancouver-12
- All Strengths: Canucks-13; Blues-22
- Top Canucks:
- All Situations: Jake Virtanen +6; Sven Baertschi +4
- Even Strength: Sven Baertschi +5; Jake Virtanen +5
Vancouver had the edge in play in the first five minutes of the second period, establishing time and shots in the Blues end, but were unable to generate any serious scoring chances.
Similar to the Nashville game, shots not plenty in the second period. With 8:53 left in the period, the Blues were out shooting the Canucks 5 to 3, with the Canucks 2 for 7 on face-offs.
With 4:28 left in the period, and the Canucks unable to get the puck out of their end, the Blues took advantage of the flustered Vancouver team, scoring to make it 3-0. Carl Gunnarsson, his 3rd goal of the season, on a slap shot, assisted by Paul Stastny (32) and Robby Fabbri (20) at 15:32.
Period ends with St. Louis up 3-0.
In the second period:
- Canucks were out shot by Blues 10 to 6 and won 8 of 16 face-offs.
- Canucks were out hit by the Blues 21 to 6.
- Corsi For:
- Even Strength: St. Louis-16; Vancouver-14
- All Strengths: St. Louis-16; Canucks-14
- Top Canucks After Two Periods:
- All Situations: Daniel Sedin +6; Jake Virtanen +6
- Even Strength: Dan Hamhuis +8; Sven Baertschi +6
Vancouver would go into the 3rd period with an uphill battle, with a supposed insurmountable three goal deficit pretty much sealing the end of their playoff hopes, and their losing streak going to seven straight.
The Canucks did not make things easy early in the final period as they would receive two penalties resulting in a two-man advantage for the Blues, giving St. Louis a great opportunity to extend their lead.
Jannick Hansen at eighteen seconds for high sticking and Dan Hamhuis at twenty-three seconds for delay of game, gave the Blues a 5-on-3 for 1:55. The Canucks would end up killing off both penalties, going 3 for 3 in the game on the penalty kill
St. Louis had a 10 to 1 edge in shots going into the last half of the period, with Vancouver unable to generate any offense at all, to cut the Blues lead. Canucks had the edge with face-off wins though, 7 to 6.
The Blues would add another goal to pad their lead at 4-0 at 12:15 when Joel Edmundson would score his first NHL goal, on a slap shot, assisted by Vladimir Tarasenko (30) and Colton Parayko (23.
That is all she wrote, as the Blues clinched a berth in the playoffs and Elliott registered his third consecutive shutout, by a 4-0 score, eliminating Vancouver from the playoff picture.
In the THIRD period:
- Canucks out shot by St. Louis 16 to 2 and but won14 of 23 face-offs.
- Canucks out hit by St. Louis 4 to 1.
- Vancouver penalty kill was 2 for 2 in the period.
- Corsi For:
- Even Strength: Vancouver-5; St. Louis-25
- All Strengths: St. Louis-27; Canucks-5
END OF THE GAME:
- Canucks finished with 15 shots, Nashville 37 shots, and won 32 of 57 face-offs.
- Canucks had 12 hits to the Blues 33 hits.
- Vancouver penalty kill was 3 for 3; power play was 0 for 1.
- Corsi For:
- Even Strength: Blues-56; Canucks-31
- All Strengths: Blues-65; Canucks-32
- Top Canucks in game:
- All Situations: Daniel Sedin +2; Jake Virtanen +1
- Even Strength: Jannick Hansen +2; Daniel Sedin +1; Sven Baertschi +1