Canucks Sign Defenceman Olli Juolevi to Three-Year Entry Level Contract

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VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER   By Andrew Chernoff   August 6, 2016

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced Friday by press release, that the club signed defenceman Olli Juolevi to a three-year entry level contract.

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“Olli is a talented all-around defenceman with high hockey sense who will be a big part of our organization’s future,” said Jim Benning.

“He’s had an outstanding year, winning the Memorial Cup and World Junior gold. We look forward to seeing him continue his development and compete at the NHL level during training camp in September.”

Juolevi a well-rounded blueliner:

A competitive spark-plug, Olli Juolevi is a complete, all-around defenceman who can hem the opposition in their own end or make things difficult for the opposition at home; either way, he puts the pressure on and lays it on thick. A strong and balanced skater, he can rush the puck through the neutral zone with ease or backcheck with haste. Uses his size to his advantage, but knows his physical limits and plays within them. Instead of playing overly physical, he makes his presence felt by exhibiting his high-end playmaking ability and puck possession play. All-in-all, a well-rounded blueliner who thrives under pressure and can be trusted in all situations. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)

Source: http://www.eliteprospects.com/

Juolevi, 18, finished third among Ontario Hockey League rookie defencemen in scoring in 2015.16, registering 42 points (9-33-42) in 57 games for the London Knights.

Skating in his first full season in North America, the 6-2, 182-pound defenceman also earned OHL Second All-Rookie Team and OHL Third All-Star Team honours.

During the 2016 playoffs, Juolevi registered 14 points in 18 games to help the Knights capture the OHL Championship. Named to the tournament All-Star Team, he then added seven points in four games to help the Knights capture their second Memorial Cup.

Prior to joining London, Juolevi appeared in 44 games in 2014.15 with Jokerit’s junior squad in Finland, registering 32 points (6-26-32). He was also named the league’s Best Defenceman, Rookie of the Year and selected to the First All-Star Team.

On the international stage, the Helsinki, Finland, native helped his country capture gold at the 2016 World Junior Championship where he led all defencemen with nine assists (0-9-9) and was named to the tournament All-Star Team.

From The Past: Cranbrook Hearld Newspaper of June 28th, 1900 Perpetrates Hoax

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From The Past: The Cranbrook Hearld, June 28th, 1900

By Andrew Phillip Chernoff

On Thursday, June 28, 1900 the Cranbrook Hearld newspaper published an article in its paper that would gather attention, raise a few eyebrows, result in a few laughs and create embarrassment for two other newspapers.

The article, titled “Taking A Look Forward: Excerpts From The ‘Morning Hearld’ Of September 10, 1907”, that showed the following occurrences at that time:  “Conflageration In The Warehouse District—Loss Nearly Half A Million” and “A Great Labor Strike Imminent”.

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On July 13, 1900, the Slocan Drill newspaper published an article that exposed the above Cranbrook Hearld post as a hoax, claiming two newspapers, the Spokane Review and Sandon Paystreak “were both caught for suckers having re-published the item as an alleged fact of today. It is a horse on them”.

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Source: https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcnewspapers

Canucks Sign Five More Free Agents On Canada Day After Landing Loui Eriksson

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    July 2, 2016

Canucks signed five more free agents on Canada Day after landing Loui Eriksson, caping off an eventful free agent frenzy.

Canucks sign Jayson Megna to one-year deal

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Canucks signed forward Jayson Megna to a one-year, one-way contract that will carry a value of $600,000.

“Jayson brings a combination of size, speed and skill to our team adding depth to our forward group this season,” said Jim Benning. “He has the ability to catch the opposition off-guard with deceptive speed and brings a willingness to play in the difficult areas around the net and in the corners. We’re pleased to be able to add Jayson to the team.”

Megna, 26, split the 2015.16 season between the New York Rangers and the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack. In six games with the Rangers, Megna tallied one goal and one assist (1-1-2) along with two penalty minutes. In 68 games with Hartford, he finished tied for third on the team in goals (15), tied for first in assists (29) and second in points (44). His totals on the year in games played, assists and points were all AHL career-highs.

The 6-1, 195-pound forward has skated in 54 career NHL games over parts of three seasons split between New York and Pittsburgh, registering 12 points (6-6-12) along with 22 penalty minutes. In addition, Megna has appeared in two career NHL playoff games.

Prior to his professional career, Megna played one season with the University of Nebraska-Omaha. During his freshman season in 2011.12, Megna was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team and finished third on the team in goals (13), assists (18) and points (31).

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Megna was originally signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent on August 1, 2012.

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Canucks sign Philip Larsen to one-year deal

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Vancouver signed defenceman Philip Larsen to a one-year, one-way contract that will carry a value of $1,025,000.

“Philip is a skilled, right shot defenceman who can anchor a power play,” said General Manager Jim Benning. “He had a terrific year in the KHL last season and we look forward to him adding offence from the blue line.”

Larsen, 26, spent the 2015.16 season with Jokerit Helsinki of the KHL where he accumulated 38 points (12-26-38) and 39 penalty minutes in 54 games. His 11 goals ranked him tied for second among KHL defencemen while his 36 points ranked him fifth. He also tallied four points (3-1-4) in four playoff games. The 6’1”, 183-pound defenceman has appeared in 125 career NHL games with Dallas and Edmonton, recording 31 points (8-23-31) and 42 penalty minutes.

On the international stage, Larsen has represented Denmark at the World Junior Championships (2008) and the World Championships (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014).

The Esbjerg, Denmark native was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a conditional fifth round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on February 24, 2016. He was originally drafted by Dallas in the fifth round, 149th overall, at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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Canucks sign Chaput, Rendulic & Billins

Canucks signed forwards Michael Chaput and Borna Rendulic as well as defenceman Chad Billins each to a one-year, two-way contract.

Chaput, 24, split the 2015.16 season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the AHL Lake Erie Monsters. In eight games with Columbus, Chaput posted a goal and an assist (1-1-2) along with five penalty minutes. In 63 games with Lake Erie, he finished second on the team in scoring with 45 points (16-29-45) along with 31 penalty minutes. Chaput also collected eight points (2-6-8) along with with 13 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games to help the Monsters capture their first Calder Cup Championship. The Ile Bizard, Quebec native has registered eight points (2-6-8) and 28 penalty minutes in 58 career NHL games, all with the Blue Jackets.

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Chaput was originally selected by Philadelphia in the third round, 89th overall, at the 2010 NHL Draft.

Rendulic, 24, split the 2015.16 season between the Colorado Avalanche and the AHL San Antonio Rampage. He appeared in three games with Colorado and 68 games with San Antonio, where he registered 38 points (16-22-38) and 41 penalty minutes. Among Rampage skaters, his 16 goals ranked second while his 22 assists and 38 points ranked him fifth. The 6-2, 200-pound forward has appeared in 14 NHL regular season games over parts of two seasons with Colorado, collecting a goal and an assist (1-1-2) along with six penalty minutes.

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A native of Zagreb, Croatia, Rendulic was the first player born in Croatia to sign a contract with an NHL franchise when he was signed by Colorado as a free agent on May 19, 2014.

Billins, 27, scored 31 points (7-24-31) with Linkopings HC of the Swedish Hockey League during the 2015.16 season. A native of Marysville, Michigan, Billins has played 10 career NHL games with Calgary and has recorded three assists (0-3-3). In 141 career AHL games split with the Abbotsford Heat and Grand Rapids Griffins, Billins has registered 79 points (20-59-79) and was a Calder Cup Champion with Grand Rapids in 2013

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The 5-10, 175-pound defenceman was originally signed by Calgary as a free agent on July 5, 2013.

Source: canucks.nhl.com

 

Canucks Offseason Update, 2016 NHL Draft, The Next Chapter

Just-saying           By Andrew Chernoff   May 28, 2016

The Vancouver Canucks have been busy trying to “rebuild”, or “retool” the team as they prepare for the upcoming 2016 NHL Draft and later the 2016-17 season.

CANUCKS OFFSEASON WHEELING AND DEALING

Canucks General Manager Jim Benning has been adding youth to the already formidable youth movement established by the Canucks since he has been the Canucks general manager.

On May 25, Benning demonstrated he was not shy about pulling a trade, if he felt it could help the club, when Vancouver acquired 24 year old defenceman Erik Gudbranson and Florida’s 2016 fifth round pick (NYI) in exchange for Jared McCann and the Canucks 2016 second and fourth round picks.

Benning has received criticism about the trade and questions about an apparent philosophical change to acquire Gudbranson, in trading away McCann and the Canucks 2016 second and fourth round picks.

Gudbranson is a 6-foot-5, 220-pound defenceman who will play in the team’s top four next season, according to Benning, and felt the deal was too good to pass up at this stage of the offseason.

It was a steep price to pay, but this past season Gudbranson came into his own for Florida, as he ranked third on the Panthers in hits (150), fourth in blocked shots (73) and fourth in average ice time per game (20:06). The 2010 3rd overall NHL draft pick ranked second on the Panthers and led Florida defencemen in average ice time in the 2016 playoffs (26:54) in addition to ranking second on the team in blocked shots (8).

Earlier in March, the Canucks signed 2009 draft pick, 25 year old right wing Anton Rodin to a one-year, one-way contract on March 22; and on March 9, signed their fourth pick (third round, 66th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, defenceman Nikita Tryamkin, to a 2-year entry-level contract.

Tryamkin was able to play in 13 games for the Canucks this past season after signing, registering a goal and an assist (1-1-2). He registered a career-high five hits, Apr. 1 at ANA…Notched a career-high three shots and 21:01 TOI, Mar. 27 vs CHI…Recorded four hits and a career-high four blocked shots, Mar. 19 vs STL…Appeared in his first NHL game and recorded his first NHL point, Mar. 16 vs COL. He collected his first career NHL goal, Apr. 7 at CGY.

2016 NHL DRAFT

Vancouver will enter the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, currently owning the 5th, 33rd, 63rd, 93rd, 153rd, 183rd and 193rd overall picks, potentially giving the Canucks a great opportunity to add to an already impressive collection of young talent, that Vancouver is hoping will payoff in an optimistic future for the team.

Since the Canucks reorganization in 2014, the Canucks drafts have yielded the following:

2014

Round 1, 6th overall pick: Jake Virtanen

Round 1, 24th overall (from Anaheim): Jared McCann

Round 2: Thatcher Demko

Round 3: Nikita Tryamkin

Round 5: Gustav Forsling

Round 6: Kyle Pettit

Round 7: Mackenze Stewart

2015

Round 1 (23rd overall): Brock Boeser

Round 3: Guillaume Brisebois

Round 4: Dimitry Zhukenov

Round 5: Carl Neill

Round 5 (from Rangers): Adam Gaudette

Round 6: Lukas Jasek

Round 7: Tate Olson

THE NEXT CHAPTER

According to Trevor Linden, President, Hockey Operations, the Canucks are developing their next core—the next generation of the team.

“We’re getting younger and faster. There’s nothing like seeing a young core group come together, right from the start. It’s an exciting time to be a Canucks fan.”

General Manager Jim Benning, echos the same thoughts, as the Canucks strive to build a winning team, assuring Canuck fans alike, it’s happening.

“We are accelerating the development of our young players by surrounding them with the best NHL leadership, character and talent. There are no shortcuts. No one says this will be easy. What it will be, is what you’ve come to expect from Canucks hockey at its best: Exciting. Energetic. Emotional. You’ll see the future of the team emerging in front of you, every night.”

And Coach Willie Desjardins is just as psyched about the Canucks future, and his expectations are crystal clear and unambiguous.

“Every time we hit the ice I want our guys to play hard, with energy and speed. It’s about competing every shift with passion, whether you’re a veteran or a rookie. That’s what we’re trying to teach here: a relentless belief that a Vancouver Canuck is going to do things the right way, for his teammates, every single day. That’s what makes great teammates, and that’s what makes great teams.”

Marketing is one thing, and well and good. The Canucks need to make it happen.

Make it happen, and the sell outs will return for all home games.

Make it happen. Winning makes believers, is infectious, builds, is good for the bottom line, provides stability.

Just saying.

Canucks 2016 NHL Draft Thoughts As Promised Change Continues

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Just-saying  By Andrew Phillip Chernoff  April 28, 2016

 

Canucks ownership promised “Change Is Coming” at the end of the 2014 season.

And it did:

  • the addition of Trevor Linden, who played 16 seasons as a Canuck and earned the nickname “Captain Canuck”,  as President of Hockey Operations for the Vancouver Canucks by team owner Francesco Aquilini on Wednesday, April 9, 2014;
  • the hiring of Jim Benning on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, a former teammate of Linden, to be the Canucks 11th general manager;
  • the announcement of Willie Desjardins as the 18th coach of the franchise on Monday, June 23, 2014, who led the AHL’s Texas Stars to a Calder Cup championship on Tuesday, June 17, 2014;
  • the signing of goalie Ryan Miller on July 1, 2014 to a 3-year contract.

demonstrated aggressive leadership by Canucks ownership and new management to put the club right and demonstrate to the media, fans and the league, that the Canucks were prepared to be competitive, relevant and put the pieces in place to once again be one of the elite teams in the NHL.

The trading of Ryan Kesler, before the start of the 2014 NHL Draft, ensured that Kesler would not be an issue with the Canucks moving forward and the moving of Jason Garrison which freed up cap space, continued the theme of “Change Is Coming”.

This past season was a struggle, disappointing, frustrating, and it is in the past now.

The 2016 NHL Draft  continues the theme of “Change Is Coming”, as the Vancouver Canucks continue to add pieces on their climb back to become one of the top teams in the NHL.

The Draft Lottery is on April 30th and Vancouver will find out where they will be slotted for their first pick of the draft.

The Vancouver Canucks can select as high as first and as low as sixth in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft June 24-25 in Buffalo.

My choices for the Canucks first pick of the 2016 NHL draft, in order of preference, are:

1)-Auston Matthews – Center

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Auston Matthews is an American professional ice hockey player. Matthews is currently playing for the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League A. Previously, Matthews played for the U.S. National U18 Team in the USHL. Wikipedia

A high octane dynamo that thrives under the microscope, Auston Matthews is a complete offensive forward who consistently boasts quick hands, feet, and thinking at both ends of the ice. Naturally nimble skater that accelerates to top speed very quickly. An unwavering focus on fine tuning elements of his own game facilitates confidence and competence in his young, but mature, mind. Prolific goal scoring ability and doesn’t wait for opportunities to show themselves. He makes his own luck, so to speak, maximizing the use of his body and stick to gain leverage against the toughest of opponents. All-in-all, a generational talent that has the potential to develop into a top flight franchise center.

Uncle: Wes Matthews(NFL Player – external link)

Source: http://www.eliteprospects.com/

2)-Matthew Tkachuk – Left Wing

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Matthew Tkachuk of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Matthew Tkachuk is an American ice hockey player. He is currently playing with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. Tkachuk is a top rated prospect who is projected to be a possible Top 5 pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Wikipedia

A multi-dimensional energy winger that plays a pro-style, adaptive game. Well-versed as a guy who can consistently put up points, but also as an agitator who plays with a little bit of bite and nastiness. Skates with excellent balance and speed, outclassing many in his age range. No lack of offensive instincts and knows how to score in many different ways. Confidence in his abilities and playing to the extent of his capabilities strengthens his work ethic and creativity. All-in-all, a unique and effective forward who defines his own limits and seeks to exceed them, along with all on-ice expectations.

Brother: Brady Tkachuk
Father: Keith Tkachuk
Cousins: Casey Fitzgerald, Ryan Fitzgerald, Scott Fitzgerald, Tom Fitzgerald, Jimmy Hayes, Kevin Hayes

Source: http://www.eliteprospects.com/

3)-Jesse Puljujärvi – Right Wing

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MONTREAL, QC – DECEMBER 27: Jesse Puljujarvi #13 of Team Finland skates during the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship game against Team Slovakia at the Bell Centre on December 27, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Team Slovakia defeated Team Finland 2-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Jesse Puljujärvi is a Finnish ice hockey player, currently playing with Kärpät in the Finnish Liiga. Puljujärvi is rated as a top prospect who is expected to be a top 5 pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Wikipedia

Puljujärvi is a big winger who combines size, skating and skill. A strong skater who can blast past the opposition in full speed. Able to use his size, reach and stickhandling skills to retain the puck in speed. A smart player at both ends of the ice, both on and off the puck. Great work ethic and positive attitude. More of a playmaker than a scorer and could improve his shooting skills. Doesn’t shy away from physical play, but could use his size more to his benefit.

A truly dominant two-way force that consistently demonstrates elite hockey sense, proactive defensive awareness, and a full array of offensive tools. Comparable to Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, Puljujärvi owns a dangerously accurate shot, as well as exceptional playmaking ability that pairs up quite nicely with his superb vision and enthusiasm. Has the ability to absolutely dominate by using his size and speed to keep possession of the puck until he determines it to be the right time for the rubber to hit the back of the net. Everything that he does, he does well, to the fullest of his ability; there are no empty holes in this electrifying and hard-nosed forward’s game.

Source: http://www.eliteprospects.com/

4)- Jakob Chychrun – Defenseman

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Jakob Chychrun is an American-born Canadian ice hockey defenceman. He is currently an alternate captain for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. Wikipedia

An unyielding two-way defenceman, Jakob Chychrun is a rising star with a toolbox bursting at the seams. Consistently displays elite four-way skating ability and is not afraid to throw his weight around physically. Plays with poise and composure through high pressure situations and, with the puck on his stick, can direct the play up-ice. Exhibits a particularly potent shot that works its magic on the power play and on the forecheck. Excellent first pass and uses his vision and awareness to keep the puck moving in the direction of the opposition’s tail or to a teammate with more time and space. Defensively adept at tracking the puck and staying a step ahead of the opposition. Proactive with his stick and body, exerting pressure on the opposition and forcing them to make hurried decisions.

All-in-all, a well-rounded two-way defender that competes with pro-level drive and makes his authoritative presence felt at both ends of the ice.

Father: Jeff Chychrun
Uncle: Luke Richardson
Cousin: Morgan Richardson

Source: http://www.eliteprospects.com/

5)-Pierre-Luc Dubois – Left Wing

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Pierre-Luc Dubois is a Canadian ice hockey player. He is currently playing with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL. Wikipedia

A dexterous and driven competitor that has all the makings of a dynamic two-way winger. Not the most electric skater, but is shifty and plays to the extent of his physical capabilities; he knows his limits and plays within them, which facilitates a student-like approach to the growth of his game. Possesses high hockey-IQ and is consistent in his efforts. Not the most physical player, but is when he needs to be. All-in-all, Dubois is an invaluable all-around player who plays in all situations and exceeds expectations when the opportunity arises. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)

A top-end talent that impacts all aspects of the game from different angles. May well be the most complete player in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. His multidimensional play and elite offensive prowess reminds scouts a little bit of James Neal. Competitiveness marks his game and he consistently proves to be a high impact player when he is on the ice. [EP]

Father: Éric Dubois

Source: http://www.eliteprospects.com/

6)-Patrik Laine – Right Wing

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Patrik Laine is a Finnish ice hockey player. He currently plays with Tappara in the Finnish Liiga. Laine is rated as a top prospect in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, and is expected by hockey analysts to be a top-two overall selection. Wikipedia

A natural scorer, Laine’s greatest asset is his intimidating shot. He’s not a speedy skater, but possesses power and a long stride, and protects the puck well with his large frame and longer stick. Overall, skating has been a minor issue through Laine’s development but has improved with some help from his ability to read the game. Laine has the hunger to create chances on his own from the wing and actively looks for and creates opportunities to use his shot. His elite wrist shot is notable for its quick release and his powerful one-timer from the top of the circle is a constant threat on the man-advantage.

Source: http://www.eliteprospects.com/

As for their other picks, the Canucks should take a good look at these available players, in no particular order:

Defensemen:

Forwards:

As of now, the Canucks have seven draft picks, and could have eight:

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The Canucks need size, great skaters and skillful players, both up front and on the back end.

The 2014 draft choices the Canucks made were: left wing Jake Virtanen sixth overall, centre Jared McCann 24th overall, goaltender Thatcher Demko 36th overall, defenceman Nikita Tryamkin 66th overall, defenceman Gustav Forsling 126th overall, centre Kyle Pettit 156th overall and defenceman MacKenzie Stewart 186th overall.

Right wing Linden Vey from the Los Angeles Kings was also acquired in exchange for Vancouver’s 50th selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Virtanen, McCann and Tryamkin were on the Canucks roster this past season; Linden Vey has been in and out of the Canucks line-up since he was acquired. Thatcher Demko signed with Vancouver a couple of weeks ago after an incredible 2015-16 college season.

The Vancouver Canucks selected a total of seven players in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft: right wing Brock Boeser 23rd overall, defenceman Guillaume Brisebois 66th, centre Dmitry Zhukenov 114th, defenceman Carl Neill 144th, centre Adam Gaudette 149th, right wing Lukas Jasek 174th, and defenceman Tate Olson 210th. The 66th overall selection was acquired by trade from Carolina, plus a 7th round pick in 2016 for Eddie Lack and the 210th pick was acquired from San Jose in exchange for Patrick McNally.

It is possible that one or more of the 2015 Canuck draft picks could see time on the Canucks playing roster next season depending on training camp and injuries.

With the current Canucks roster in a state of flux regarding cap space, free agency and change of direction regarding personnel, the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday will be the start of an interesting summer for the Vancouver organization.

The Canucks said change was coming, it definitely has, and continues. It remains to be seen how that change will continue to shape the team and its fortunes for the coming season and beyond.

 

 

Vancouver Makes It Three In A Row With 3-2 Win Over Kings

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    April 4, 2016

The Vancouver Canucks (30-36-13) ended their 5-game season series last night against the Los Angeles Kings (46-28-5) at Rogers Place.

Los Angeles came into the game, 2-5-0 in their past seven games, and one point behind the first-place Anaheim Ducks with four games remaining.

Vancouver entered the game fresh off a successful sweep of a set of California games, against San Jose and Anaheim on March 31 and April 1, snapping a 9 game “winless” streak (0-8-1); and sporting a record of 5-9-1 since March 4.

The Canucks made it three consecutive wins for the first time this season, as they made it a sweep of the California teams and notched their 30th win of the season, in a 3-2 victory on home ice.

Jared McCann scored the winner in the last minute of the second period. Emerson Etem and Jannick Hansen had goals. The Sedin brothers chipped in with assists, along with Derek Dorsett and Bo Horvat. Ryan Miller stopped 35 of 37 shots for a .946 Sv%.

Ryan Miller started the win streak last Thursday against the Sharks, continuing it last night, and now is undefeated in his last two starts.

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VANCOUVER, BC – APRIL 4: Milan Lucic #17 of the Los Angeles Kings, Christopher Tanev #8 and Dan Hamhuis #2 watch Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks make a save during their NHL game at Rogers Arena April 4, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

GAME REVIEW

Both teams started the game with something to prove: the Canucks, that they could play better at home then their 13 wins at home indicate; and the Kings, prove that their rise to the best team in the division is no fluke and that they can play playoff hockey and dominate, opposite from what their previous game indicate.

Jannik Hansen would get the first penalty of the game at 3:27 for tripping Brayden McNabb and the Canucks would kill the disadvantage with little trouble.

The Canucks inability at winning face-offs in the game, losing 6 of the first 7, and being out shot 7 to 1, would lead to the first goal of the game and put the Kings up 1-0 at six minutes.

Tyler Toffoli, his 30th of the season, assisted by Jeff Carter (37) and Drew Doughty (36).

Vancouver would get a chance at 7:51 to respond to the King’s opening goal, with the man advantage, with their second power play of the game, when Andy Andreoff would serve a tripping minor against against  Andrey Pedan.

The Canucks would fail to capitalize, adding to their futility on the power play, making it 1 for 39 in 15 games.

With 8:28 left, Canucks were being out shot 8 to 2; were 1 for 11 on face-offs; and being out hit 5 to 2. Kings with the momentum.

Vancouver would get another chance to improve their power play efficiency when at 14:54 Drew Doughty would visit the sin bin for tripping Jannick Hansen. Need I say more? That’s right, they are now 1 for 40.

Canucks would even up the score though, with 13 seconds left in the period, when Emerson Etem would score his 5th goal of the season, and 2nd goal in three games, assisted by Derek Dorsett (9) and Bo Horvat (23).

Tied at 1-1 after one period.

In the first period:
  • Vancouver out shot by Los Angeles 13-6 and won 6 of 19 face-offs.
  • Canucks out hit by Kings 10 to 8.
  • Vancouver face-off leaders: Markus Granlund-1 for 4; Bo Horvat-3 for 4; Brendan Gaunce-0 for 4; Henrik Sedin-2 for 6; Emerson Etem-0 for 1
  • Emerson Etem- 2 shots
  • Matt Bartkowski, Jake Virtanen and Emerson Etem: 2 hits
  • Vancouver power play 0 for 2; penalty kill, 1-1
  • Canucks TOI: Dan Hamhuis-8:31; Bo Horvat-6:01; Emerson Etem-6:41; Chris Tanev-6:46; Ben Hutton-7:40; Matt Bartkowski-6:19; Daniel Sedin-5:40; Henrik Sedin-5:37; Alex Biega-4:57
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Even Strength:  Vancouver-6; Kings-19
    • All Strengths: Canucks-9; Los Angeles-23
    • Top Canucks:
      • All Situations: Alex Burrows -1; Andrey Pedan -1
      • Even Strength: Alex Burrows, Alex Biega and Andrey Pedan: -1 each

Los Angeles would continue where they left off in the first period, but push back by the Canucks would be quicker than it was in the opening period, as Horvat and Dorsett were buzzing around Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

The Sedins would try a give and go that would lead to the Kings get the puck, leading to the go ahead goal at 9:15. Kyle Clifford, his 3rd goal of the season, deflecting Andy Andreoff (2) pass for the goal.

With 6:30 left, the Canucks were out shooting the Kings, 7-5, still losing face-off battles, 3 for 11; and even in hits at 6 each.

Vancouver would be back on the power play as Vincent Lecavalier  would get some rest time for slashing Daniel Sedin at 13:30. They would get a two-man advantage at 14:20, for 1:10, when Brayden McNabb would be punished with an  illegal check to head  of Alex Burrows.

Jannick Hansen would score on the 5-on-3, his 21rst goal of the season, assisted by Henrik Sedin (43) and Daniel Sedin (33), to make the score 2-2. Canucks second power play goal in 15 games. It was Hansen’s first ppg of the season.

In the last minute of this period, it would be Vancouver who would score again, this time Jared McCann, would get the puck on a turnover and go in all alone on Quick, shooting high on the Kings goalie to bury it on the breakway, giving the Canucks a 3-2 lead going into the 2nd period intermission.

Jared McCann, his 9th goal of the season, unassisted at 19:27.

VANCOUVER, BC - APRIL 4: Jared McCann #91 of the Vancouver Canucks is congratulated at the bench after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings during their NHL game at Rogers Arena April 4, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – APRIL 4: Jared McCann #91 of the Vancouver Canucks is congratulated at the bench after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings during their NHL game at Rogers Arena April 4, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

In the second period:
  • Vancouver out shot Los Angeles 12 to 9 and won 7 of 18 face-offs.
  • Canucks and Kings had 7 hits each.
  • Canucks face-off leaders: Markus Granlund-2 for 7; Bo Horvat-3 for 3; Brendan Gaunce-0 for 2; Henrik Sedin-2 for 6
  • After two periods: D. Sedin-4 shots; E. Etem-3 shots.
  • Vancouver Time On Ice: Alex Biega-5:40; Dan Hamhuis-8:02; Chris Tanev-4:17; Ben Hutton-7:05; Henrik Sedin-6:09; Matt Bartkowski-6:03;  Jannick Hansen-5:40; Daniel Sedin-6:48; Nikita Tryamkin-7:01
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Even Strength: Los Angeles-16; Vancouver-14
    • All Strengths: Kings-16; Canucks-18
    • Top Canucks After Two Periods:
      • All Situations: Bo Horvat +1
      • Even Strength: Alex Biega +2

The third period would come down to who wanted the win more, and both teams played hard, trying to leave everything on the ice when the third period buzzer sounded.

Nikita Tryamkin would give the Kings a man advantage when sent off at 15:15 for holding on Anze Kopitar. Canucks would kill the penalty mking it 2 for 2 in the game.

With two minutes it was anybodys game with the score 3-2 Vancouver. Miller standing on his head in the last half of the period, and the Kings driving hard on the Canucks net.

With 21 second the Kings would have a 6th attacker but all for not as the Canucks would hold on for their first three game winning streak of the season, all three wins coming against the NHL California hockey teams.

In the third period:
  • Vancouver was out shot by Los Angeles 20 to 6 and only won 8 of 20 face-offs.
  • Canucks out hit by Kings 7 to 4.
  • Canucks Time On Ice: Dan Hamhuis-6:36; Daniel Sedin-5:32; Henrik Sedin- 5:20; Chris Tanev-6:45; Ben Hutton-7:28; Jannick Hansen-6:24; Matt Bartkowski-7:05; Bo Horvat-6:31; Alex Biega-6:40; Nikita Tryamkin-5:40
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Even Strength: Vancouver-11; Los Angeles-26
    • All Strengths: Kings-32; Canucks-11
End Of The Game:
  • Vancouver finished with 24 shots, Los Angeles 42 shots, and Canucks won 21 of 57 face-offs.
  • Vancouver had 19 hits to the Kings 24 hits.
  • Canucks penalty kill was 2 for 2; power play was 1 for 4.
  • Vancouver Time On Ice: Ben Hutton-22:13; Dan Hamhuis-23:09; Matt Bartkowski-19:06; Chris Tanev-17:48; Daniel Sedin-18:00; Henrik Sedin-20:11; Alex Biega-17:17; Nikita Tryamkin-17:40
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Even Strength: Kings-61; Canucks-31
    • All Strengths: Kings-71; Vancouver-38
    • Top Canucks in game:
      • All Situations: Alex Biega -1
      • Even Strength: Alex Biega +2


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Vancouver Hosts Los Angeles Tonight At Rogers Place

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    April 4, 2016

CANUCKS VY FOR SEASON HIGH 3RD STRAIGHT WIN

The Vancouver Canucks (29-36-13) end their 5-game season series tonight against the Los Angeles Kings (46-27-5) at Rogers Place.

Los Angeles is 3-1-0 in the previous four games between the two Pacific division rivals.

Vancouver enters the game fresh from a successful sweep of consecutive California games against San Jose and Anaheim on March 31 and April 1. Against San Jose, the Canucks snapped a 9 game “winless” streak (0-8-1), 4-2.

Former Duck, Emerson Etem scored the wining goal against Anaheim with under seven minutes left in the game, for a 3-2  Canucks win. Jannick Hansen contributed two assists; Bo Horvat had a goal and an assist. Dan Hamhuis had the other Canuck goal; Henrik Sedin and Alex Biega each had one assist.

Jacob Markstrom snapped his five game “winless” streak with the victory, stopping 31 of 33 shots, for a .939 Sv%.

Los Angeles, 2-5-0 in the past seven games, are currently one point behind the first-place Anaheim Ducks with four games remaining.

Look for Ryan Miller to start in goal for the Canucks, coming off a 4-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night, after going 0-3-1 in his previous four starts, snapping a 4-game “winless” streak.

Miller is 16-23-9 in 49 game starts this season, with a 2.63 GAA and .917 Sv%, 1 shutout. In his last 7 game starts, his is 2-4-1, with a 2.58 GAA and .927 Sv%.

For the Kings, Jonathan Quick is expect to start, and is 39-22-4, with a 2.21 GAA and .919 Sv%, 5 shutouts.

 

Vancouver Leaves California With Perfect Road Trip As Former Duck Etem Scores Winner In 3-2 Win

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    April 1, 2016

The Vancouver Canucks (29-36-13) ended their 2-game California road trip tonight against the Anaheim Ducks (43-24-10), finishing off their 5-game season series, with a 3-2 win.

The Canucks snapped a 9 game “winless” streak (0-8-1), against the San Jose Sharks the night before 4-2 and were looking for a second consecutive win to sweep their road trip.

The Ducks entered the game having won five of their last seven games(5-1-1), and were looking to take top spot in the Pacific division with a win.

Former Anaheim Duck, Emerson Etem scored the wining goal with under seven minutes left in the game; Jannick Hansen contributed two assists; Bo Horvat had a goal and an assist. Dan Hamhuis had the other Canuck goal; Henrik Sedin and Alex Biega each had one assist.

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 01: Emerson Etem #26 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates his goal with Bo Horvat #53 and Brendan Gaunce #50 to take a 3-2 lead over the Anaheim Ducks during the third period at Honda Center on April 1, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 01: Emerson Etem #26 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates his goal with Bo Horvat #53 and Brendan Gaunce #50 to take a 3-2 lead over the Anaheim Ducks during the third period at Honda Center on April 1, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Jacob Markstrom snapped his five game losing streak with the victory, stopping 31 of 33 shots, for a .939 Sv%.

Both Chris Higgins and Linden Vey left the game late in the second period and did not return for the rest of the game.

GAME REVIEW

Anaheim wasted little time making the home fans happy, as they scored on their first shot of the game at 48 seconds to take a 1-0 lead.

Josh Manson, his 5th goal of the season, assisted by Jakob Silfverberg (17) and Andrew Cogliano (21).

Vancouver would receive the first man advantage of the game, when Corey Perry would trip Chris Tanev at 4:44. Canucks would continue their power play woes, going 0 for 1.

Vancouver not only got behind early but the Canucks were also feeling the physical side of the Ducks, being out hit early, 7 hits to 1 for Vancouver.

The Canucks would provide some push back on the physical side, and with less than seven minutes left, they had 6 hits to the Ducks 12 hits, and had tied the Ducks at 6 shots apiece.

Vancouver would receive a late power play when Ryan Kesler would go off for slashing Jacob Markstrom at 17:18. The result would be another flat power play, Canucks going 0 for 2 with the man advantage in the period.

Period ends with Ducks up 1-0.

In the first period:
  • Vancouver out shot Anaheim 9-8 and won 10 of 18 face-offs.
  • Canucks out hit by Ducks 15 to 8.
  • Vancouver face-off leaders: Markus Granlund-1 for 5; Bo Horvat-4 for 5; Brendan Gaunce-1 for 3; Henrik Sedin-3 for 4; Linden Vey-1 for 1
  • Jared McCann- 3 shots; Chris Higgins- 2 shots.
  • Andrey Pedan: 3 hits, Emerson Etem: 2 hits
  • Vancouver power play 0 for 2
  • Canucks TOI: Dan Hamhuis-8:10; Bo Horvat-6:33; Emerson Etem-6:41; Chris Tanev-6:58; Ben Hutton-6:29; Matt Bartkowski-6:19; Daniel Sedin-6:39; Henrik Sedin-6:06; Alex Biega-6:36
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Even Strength:  Vancouver-13; Ducks-11
    • All Strengths: Canucks-16; Anaheim-13
    • Top Canucks:
      • All Situations: Chris Tanev and Linden Vey +5 each; Chris Higgins, Emerson Etem, Dan Hamhuis: +4 each
      • Even Strength: Chris Tanev +5; Chris Higgins, Emerson Etem, Dan Hamhuis: +4 each

Canucks finished the opening period with the momentum in the game but not the lead, and they were hoping to continue battling and score a couple of hard-to-come-by goals, against this defensive minded Ducks team.

Vancouver got some shots within the first two minutes, and continued to do so, out shooting Anaheim 6 to 0 by the four minute mark of the period.

Finally, Bo Horvat would score between the legs of Ducks goalie John Gibson, on a sloppy Ducks line change, on the Canucks 7th shot of the period.

Horvat’s second goal in consecutive games, and 14th of the season, assisted by Jannick Hansen (15) at 4:22, to even up the game at 1-1.

Horvat’s goal was a career high, in just his second season in the NHL.

Tempers would spill over, as Nikita Tryamkin would get the Ducks attention, taking exception to some rough play by Tryamkin.

Both Tryamkin and the Duck’s Chris Stewart would get roughing penalties at 10:07.

Canucks were playing with a short bench late in the period with Chris Higgins and Linden Vey not taking their regular shifts on the ice and in the change room.

Last minute of the period, Alex Biega would put the Ducks on the power play as he would get a penalty for holding Ryan Getzlaf at 19:24.

In the second period:
  • Vancouver out shot Anaheim 13 to 8 and won 6 of 15 face-offs.
  • Canucks out hit by Ducks 10 to 8.
  • Canucks face-off leaders:Markus Granlund-1 for 3; Bo Horvat-1 for 3; Brendan Gaunce-0 for 3; Henrik Sedin-4 for 6; Linden Vey-1 for 1
  • Vancouver Time On Ice: Alex Biega-7:42; Dan Hamhuis-6:13; Chris Tanev-6:55; Ben Hutton-6:05; Henrik Sedin-6:59; Matt Bartkowski-7:48;  Jannick Hansen-6:22
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Even Strength: Anaheim-14; Vancouver-25
    • All Strengths: Ducks-14; Canucks-25
    • Top Canucks After Two Periods:
      • All Situations: Chris Tanev, Ben Hutton, Daniel Sedin, Brendan Gaunce +6 each; Chris Higgins, Alex Burrows, Markus Granlund, Linden Vey, Dan Hamhuis +5 each
      • Even Strength: Chris Tanev and Brendan Gaunce +6 each; Chris Higgins, Dan Hamhuis, Markus Granlund, Ben Hutton, Daniel Sedin +5 each

Anaheim would start the 3rd period with the power play left over from the second period, and register a few shots in trying to get the go ahead goal but would go 0 for 1 on their power play.

The Ducks would use the momentum built up from their man advantage to carry the play against the Canucks nearing the five minute mark of the final period, building up an 8 to 2 lead on shots, but going 2 for 7 on face-offs.

Anaheim would regain the lead at 8:42 when Nate Thompson would score on a disputed goal that the Canucks felt was goalie interference but was rule good.

Thompson’s 2nd goal of the season, assisted by Chris Wagner (1), to make it 2-1 Anaheim.

With 9:28 left, Ducks out shooting Canucks 11 to 3; Vancouver 6 for 14 on face-offs; and both teams with 5 hits each.

Dan Hamhuis and the Canucks would pull even, as Hamhuis would score the equalizer to make it 2-2 at 11:02, assisted by Henrik Sedin (42) and Jannik Hansen (16) , just two minutes and twenty seconds after the Ducks went out in front.

Former Duck Emerson Etem would put Vancouver up by a goal at 3-2, as the Canucks scored twice in two minutes and twenty-one seconds.

Etem’s 4rth goal of the season, assisted by Alex Biega (5) and Bo Horvat (22) at 13:23.

With 2:22 left in the game, the Ducks pulled Gibson for a 6th attacker to get the tying goal.

The Ducks called a time-out with 45 seconds left to draw up a scoring plan to even up the game, while the Canucks took a breather.

Time would run out on Anaheim, as Vancouver would play spoilers again, in winning their second consecutive game to make their California road trip perfect, as they head back to Vancouver.

In the third period:
  • Vancouver was out shot by Anaheim 20 to 6 and only won 12 of 26 face-offs.
  • Canucks out hit Ducks 8 to 5.
  • Canucks Time On Ice: Dan Hamhuis-8:36; Daniel Sedin-6:54; Henrik Sedin- 7:06; Chris Tanev-8:36; Ben Hutton-8:02; Jannick Hansen-8:00
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Even Strength: Vancouver-11; Anaheim-28
    • All Strengths: Ducks-34; Canucks-11
End Of The Game:
  • Vancouver finished with 28 shots, Anaheim 36 shots, and Canucks won 28 of 59 face-offs.
  • Vancouver had 24 hits to the Ducks 30 hits.
  • Canucks penalty kill was 1 for 1; power play was 0 for 2.
  • Vancouver Time On Ice: Ben Hutton-18:55; Dan Hamhuis-22:59; Matt Bartkowski-19:56; Chris Tanev-22:29; Daniel Sedin-19:45; Henrik Sedin-20:11; Alex Biega-19:29
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Even Strength: Ducks-53; Canucks-49
    • All Strengths: Anaheim-61; Vancouver-52
    • Top Canucks in game:
      • All Situations: Chris Higgins, Linden Vey +5 each; Andrey Pedan, Brendan Gaunce and Alex Burrows +2 each.
      • Even Strength: Chris Higgins +5; Linden Vey +3; Andrey Pedan, Alex Burrows, Brendan Gaunce and Markus Granlund +2 each.

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Vancouver Takes On Anaheim Tonight In Final Game Of Road Trip

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    April 1, 2016

CANUCKS LOOK FOR CONSECUTIVE WINS ON CALIFORNIA ROAD TRIP

The Vancouver Canucks (2 8-36-13) end their 2-game Californian road trip tonight against the Anaheim Ducks (43-23-10), finishing off their 5-game season series.

Anaheim is 2-0-2 in the previous four games between the two Pacific division rivals.

Vancouver played last night in San Jose, where Jannick Hansen scored the winning goal, his 20th of the season,and picked up an assist, as the Canucks snapped a 9 game “winless” streak (0-8-1).

Daniel Sedin, Bo Horvat,  and Markus Granlund had a goal in support, with Alex Burrows and Henrik Sedin earning an assist each. Ryan Miller stopped 32 of 34 shots for a .941 Sv%, in the Canucks first win since March 12 against the Nashville Predators.

Anaheim enters the game on a winning note, defeating the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night 8 to 3.

The Ducks have won five of their last seven games(5-1-1), and are 31-8-4 since Dec. 26, the best record in the NHL. They are one point behind the Los Angeles for top spot in the Pacific Division.

Look for Jacob Markstrom to start in goal for the Canucks, coming off a 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

He is 11-13-4 on the season, with a 2.63 GAA and .917 Sv% with no shutouts.

Markstrom is 2-6-0 in his last 8 games, and has lost his last five starts, through no fault of his own. The Canucks in supporting him have only scored 3 goals and surrendered 16 goals. He has faced 169 shots, stopping 154, for a .911 Sv%, in his five losses.

For the Ducks, John Gibson is expected to get the start. He is 19-11-3 for the season, with a 2.04 GAA and .920 Sv%, with 4 shutouts.

Vancouver Defeats San Jose 4-2, Snap 9-Game Losing Streak

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    April 1, 2016

The Vancouver Canucks (28-36-13)  faced the San Jose Sharks (43-29-6)  in the second of two consecutive games between the two teams, on Thursday night at the SAP Center in San Jose, to finish up their 5-game season series against the Sharks.

San Jose had won three of the previous four games this season between the two Pacific division rivals.

Vancouver entered the game having lost their last 9-games (0-8-1).

In their nine consecutive losses, Vancouver had only 8 goals for, surrendered 28 goals against, and scored only one power goal in nineteen opportunities. Their penalty kill, 5th best in the NHL in that span though entering tonight’s game, at 91.3 percent (21 for 23).

Jannick Hansen scored the winning goal and picked up an assist; Daniel Sedin, Bo Horvat,  and Markus Granlund all scored; Alex Burrows and Henrik Sedin had an assist each; Ryan Miller stopped 32 of 34 shots for a .941 Sv%, in the Canucks first win since March 12 against the Nashville Predators.

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 31: Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save during their game against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 31: Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save during their game against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

GAME REVIEW

Daniel Sedin scored 69 seconds into the game, to get Vancouver into the game on the right foot, giving the Canucks an early 1-0 lead; his 28th of the season, assisted by Jannik Hansen (14) and Henrik Sedin (41) at 1:09.

Bo Horvat would make it 2-0 Canucks at 13:55 of the period with the Sharks dominating the game. Horvat’s 13th goal of the season, unassisted.

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 31: Bo Horvat #53 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a goal on Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 31: Bo Horvat #53 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a goal on Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Vancouver got the first man advantage opportunity of the game when Ben Hutton was tripped by Melker Karlsson at 14:21. Canucks were unable to score.

  • one power play goal in their last thirty-three opportunities for 3.03 percent, going back to March 7 against the Los Angeles Kings. Their only power play goal coming against the Nashville Predators on March 25.

San Jose would get their first power play, right after the Canucks did, when Henrik Sedin would be sent off for holding the stick of Joonas Donskoi at 17:09. Canucks would kill it off.

  • Vancouver 23 for 24 on the penalty kill in last 11 games (including tonight), for 95.8 percent success.

Canucks would finish the first period with a 2-0 lead having been dominated otherwise by the home team.

In the first period:
  • Vancouver out shot by San Jose 13-10 and won 7 of 23 face-offs.
  • Canucks out hit by Sharks 9 to 5.
  • Vancouver face-off leaders: Markus Granlund-0 for 3; Bo Horvat-3 for 9; Brendan Gaunce-2 for 3; Henrik Sedin-2 for 7.
  • Alex Burrows and Ben Hutton: 2 shots each.
  • Matt Bartkowski, Emerson Etem and Alex Biega: 2 hits each
  • Vancouver power play 0 for 1; penalty kill 1 for 1
  • Canucks TOI: Dan Hamhuis-8:33; Bo Horvat-6:33; Emerson Etem-6:41; Chris Tanev-7:49; Ben Hutton-6:18; Matt Bartkowski-6:03
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Even Strength:  Vancouver-16; Sharks-12
    • All Strengths: Canucks-21; San Jose-17
    • Top Canucks:
      • All Situations: Daniel Sedin +8; Henrik Sedin +7; Alex Burrows, Ben Hutton and Ryan Miller- +4 each
      • Even Strength: Daniel Sedin +5; Henrik Sedin, Alex Burrows, and Ryan Miller- +4 each

Entering the the second period, Canucks announced that Sven Baertschi was unable to play the rest of the game due to a lower body injury.

With 14:36 to go in the period, Canucks were being out shot 4 to 1 and continuing to struggle on face-offs as San Jose were pressing to get their first goal.

Canucks would be shorthanded again as Jared McCann would be penalized for  hooking Chris Tierney at the 6-minute mark, giving the Sharks a great opportunity to pull within a goal, but as Vancouver has been doing of late, the Sharks were held scoreless.

Vancouver would be back on the power play at 11:30 of the period when dylan DeMelo would get a minor for interference on Emerson Etem. Vancouver would get four shots with the man advantage but no goal and would be 0 for 2 in the game.

Canucks found it hard to stay out of the penalty box in the middle frame. Jannik Hansen would get caught slashing Logan Couture at 13:55, putting the Sharks back on the power play.

San Jose would finally get a power play goal, from Patrick Marleau at 14:30, his 22nd goal of the season, assisted by Joe Thornton (58) and Brent Burns (45), to make it 2-1 Canucks.

Vancouver would give San Jose their third power play late in the period, with Alex Biega sent off for slashing Tommy Wingels at 18:30.

The Sharks would lose their man advantage when Joe Pavelski would get a minor for tripping at 19:00.

Vancouver would barely escape the second period with a lead, but they did, 2 to 1.

In the second period:
  • Vancouver were out shot by San Jose 13 to 9 and won 13 of 21 face-offs.
  • Canucks out hit by Sharks 8 to 5.
  • Vancouver penalty kill was 2 for 3; power play 0 for 1
  • Canucks face-off leaders: Markus Granlund-3 for 5; Bo Horvat-4 for 5; Brendan Gaunce-2 for 2; Henrik Sedin-4 for 8.
  • Vancouver Time On Ice: Alex Biega-6:33; Dan Hamhuis-7:11; Yannick Weber-7:16; Chris Tanev-6:39; Ben Hutton-6:04; Henrik Sedin-6:35; Matt Bartkowski-7:09; Markus Granlund-6:41
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Even Strength: San Jose-18; Vancouver-9
    • All Strengths: Sharks-25; Canucks-19
    • Top Canucks After Two Periods:
      • All Situations: Daniel Sedin +9; Henrik Sedin +7; Alex Burrows, Brendan Gaunce- +4 each
      • Even Strength: Brendan Gaunce +5; Alex Burrows +3; Emerson Etem and Chris Higgins- +2 each

Vancouver holding a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes, and were inching closer to snapping their 9-game losing streak.

Both teams started the period 4-on-4, and the Canucks were unable to score with their short time on the power play, so the Canucks continued the period 0 for 3 on their power play that was hard to imagine being any worse.

Vancouver was  holding their own in the period tied with the Sharks with two shots apiece and 4 for 6 on face-offs, and getting plenty of action in the Sharks end, with 10:16 left in the period.

Logan Couture would score his 4rth goal in consecutive games against the Canucks, his 14 goal of the season at 10:58, assisted by Brent Burns (46) and  Joonas Donskoi (24), to even up the game at 2-2.

Jannick Hansen would score on a 2-on-1, and take a hard slap shot that would score, blowing it by Martin Jones, his 20th of the season, to put Vancouver back into the lead, 3 to 2. Unassisted.

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 31: Jannik Hansen #36 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a goal in the third period against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 31: Jannik Hansen #36 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a goal in the third period against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 31, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The good turn would continue as Vancouver would be rewarded with their 4rth power play of the game with four minutes left in the game, and a chance to go up by two goals. Instead they were happy to skate around with the puck and have seconds tick off the clock.

The Sharks took advantage of the lack of interest by Vancouver on their power play and put a 6th attacker on the ice with two minutes left.

With under a minute left, Markus Granlund would negate an icing, grab the puck and eventually score an empty net goal, to give Vancouver an insurance goal, with a 4-2 lead.

Granlund, his 6th goal of the season, assisted by Alex Burrows (13) at 19:39.

Vancouver win, and snap their winless streak at 9-games.

In the third period:
  • Vancouver was out shot by San Jose 8 to 7 and only won 9 of 20 face-offs.
  • Canucks out hit Sharks 13 to 7.
  • Vancouver power play was 0 for 1
  • Canucks Time On Ice: Dan Hamhuis-6:34; Daniel Sedin-6:27; Henrik Sedin- 7:18; Chris Tanev-7:50; Ben Hutton-8:02; Matt Bartkowski-8:05
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Even Strength: Vancouver-13; San Jose-14
    • All Strengths: Sharks-18; Canucks-19
End Of The Game:
  • Vancouver finished with 26 shots, San Jose 34 shots, and Canucks won 29 of 64 face-offs.
  • Vancouver had 17 hits to the Sharks 39 hits.
  • Canucks penalty kill was 3 for 4; power play was 0 for 4.
  • Vancouver Time On Ice: Ben Hutton-20:24; Dan Hamhuis-22:18; Matt Bartkowski-21:17; Chris Tanev-22:18
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Even Strength: Sharks-44; Canucks-38
    • All Strengths: San Jose-60; Vancouver-59
    • Top Canucks in game:
      • All Situations: Daniel Sedin +9; Alex Burrows +7; Henrik Sedin +6;Brendan Gaunce +5
      • Even Strength: Alex Burrows +6; Brendan Gaunce +5; Emerson Etem and Chris Higgins- +2 each