CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff MARCH 24, 2016
CANUCKS END SCORING DROUGHT
SCORE FIRST POWER PLAY GOAL IN NINE GAMES
The Vancouver Canucks (27-33-13) continued their late season meltdown, losing their 6th consecutive game to the Nashville Predators (38-23-13), 3-2 in a shootout, after the Predators stormed back in the final period in one minute and twelve seconds, forcing an overtime and eventual shootout.
Bo Horvat and Daniel Sedin scored for the Canucks, while Henrik Sedin, Sven Baertschi and Alex Burrows had helpers.
- Bo Horvat’s goal ended the Canucks scoring drought that came into the game at 228 minutes without a goal.
- Daniel Sedin’s goal was on the power play and ended a 0 for 26 man advantage slump.
- Ryan Miller stopped 30 of 32 shots for a .938 Sv%.
Vancouver are now 1-5-1 in their last 7 games and during that stretch, have been shutout three times; lost 6 straight games; have scored only 5 goals, surrendered 17 goals against. They are 1 for 18 on the power play but are 17 for 18 on the penalty kill for 94.4 percent efficiency, good for 5th best in the NHL during that stretch.
Their face-off winning percentage is 46.8 percent in the last 7 games good for 25th in the NHL since March 10, above their season average of 45.2 percent, worst in the NHL.
The Canucks first goal in 234 minutes and 52 seconds opened up the scoring as Bo Horvat scored his 12 goal of the season at 6:52 of the first period, to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead, assisted by Sven Baertschi (13).
Vancouver took the momentum of the opening goal of the game, and continued to press the Predators out-shooting them in the period, 9 to 3, at one point.
The Canucks drew a penalty in front of the Predator net, when Jannick Hansen was hooked by Shea Weber at 14:24, and ended up going up by two goals in the game, 2-0. It was their first power play goal in their last 27 opportunities.
Daniel Sedin, his 27th goal, at 14:39, assisted by Henrik Sedin (40) and Alex Burrows (12), and it only took 15 seconds.
The period would end 2-0 Vancouver.
In the first period:
- Canucks out shot Nashville 11-9 and won 14 of 24 face-offs.
- Canucks edged the Predators with the physical play, out hitting Nashville 12 to 11.
- Vancouver power play was 1 for 2.
- Corsi For:
- Even Strength: Nashville-20; Vancouver-18
- All Strengths: Canucks-22; Predators-20
- Top Canucks:
- All Situations: Daniel Sedin +6; Henrik Sedin +6
- Even Strength: Daniel Sedin +3; Henrik Sedin +3
The Canucks went into the second period having killed 14 of their last 15 penalties in the last 6-games, and need to thank Mike Fisher for increasing it to 15, when Fisher knocked the puck away from entering the Canucks net on Nashville’s first power play of the game, to keep it 2-0 early in the period.
Shots were few entering the last 9:24 of the second frame, with the Predators having 3-shots to 1-shot for the Canucks.
The period would have momentum shifts and the Canucks had a few opportunities to go up by three goals but the period would end, as the first did, 2-0 Vancouver.
In the second period:
- Canucks tied Nashville for shots with 6 and won 4 of 15 face-offs.
- Canucks matched the Predators with the physical play, with 8 hits each.
- Vancouver penalty kill was 1 for 1 in the period.
- Corsi For:
- Even Strength: Vancouver-16; Nashville-14
- All Strengths: Predators-17; Canucks-16
- Top Canucks After Two Periods:
- All Situations: Daniel Sedin +12; Henrik Sedin +8
- Even Strength: Daniel Sedin +9; Henrik Sedin +5
Canucks would try to end a 5-game losing streak entering the 3rd period, and they carried the play in the first five minutes of the period, attempting to increase their lead by three goals.
As the period moved along, the Predators would push back, finally breaking Ryan Miller’s shutout opportunity, scoring two quick goals in a minute and twelve seconds, tying the game at 2-2.
James Neal at 11:56 with his 29 goal, assisted by Colin Wilson (17); and then, Filip Forsberg, his 31 goal, at 13:08, assisted by Mattias Ekholm (25) and Ryan Ellis (21).
What seemed like a sure win, would result in the Canucks continuing to struggle to regain the lead, as Nashville continued to buzz around the Canucks, looking for the go ahead goal.
With time running out, Vancouver was unable to get shots on net, as the Predators forced them to take perimeter shots or dump the puck in the Nashville end.
The third period would end tied 2-2.
In the third period:
- Canucks had 8 shots; Nashville 11shots, and won 7 of 12 face-offs.
- Canucks edged the Predators with the physical play, 9 to 8 in hits.
- Corsi For:
- Even Strength: Vancouver-17; Nashville-24
- All Strengths: Predators-17; Canucks-24
The overtime period would be exciting as Nashville would press hard, especially when they went into the final two minutes with a power play when Brendan Gaunce received a penalty for holding Shea Weber but the game would be decided by a shootout. Nashville out shot Vancouver 5 to 0 in the OT.
Predators would complete the comeback in the shootout, winning 3-2.
END OF GAME:
- Canucks finished with 25 shots, Nashville 32 shots, and won 27 of 55 face-offs.
- Canucks edged the Predators with 29 hits to 26 for Nashville.
- Vancouver penalty kill was 1 for 1; power play was 1 for 2.
- Corsi For:
- Even Strength: Nashville-61; Canucks-53
- All Strengths: Predators-70; Canucks-57
- Top Canucks in game:
- All Situations: Daniel Sedin +10; Henrik Sedin +6
- Even Strength: Daniel Sedin +7; Brendan Gaunce +5
The Canucks were without D Alex Edler (broken fibula), D Chris Tanev (back), D Luca Sbisa (shoulder), C Brandon Sutter (broken jaw), C Markus Granlund (upper body), RW Radim Vrbata (knee) and LW Derek Dorsett (upper body).