Canucks Suffer First Regulation Defeat In Preseason With 2-1 Loss To Calgary


Vancouver Canucks’ Jack Skille, right, goes for the puck in front of Calgary Flames goalie Brian Elliott, during second period pre-season NHL hockey action in Calgary, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh ORG XMIT: JMC105 Jeff McIntosh / THE CANADIAN PRESS

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

October 1, 2016

Vancouver (1-1-1) lost its first game in regulation play of the  2016 preseason schedule with a 2-1 road loss against the Calgary Flames (2-1-0) at the Scotiabank Saddledome last night.

Guillaume Brisebois (1-0=1) scored the Canucks lone goal, with  Markus Granlund (0-1=1) and Anton Rodin (1-2=3) picking up assists on the second period goal.

Richard Bachman and Thatcher Demko shared Canucks netminding duties.

Bachman had two goals against and 15 saves in 40 minutes of work while Demko allowed no goals on 11 shots in a scoreless third period.

Calgary outshot Vancouver 28-25, with the Canucks outhitting the Flames 18-12.

Canucks special teams were 0 for 5 on the power play with 6 shots on net and  6 for 8 on the penalty kill with no shots on net.

Vancouver special teams are 2 for 12 on the power play with 13 shots on net; 14 for 17 on the penalty kill with 8 shots on net and one shorthanded goal, so far this preseason.

Vancouver was also 35 for 70: 50-percent in face-offs in the game.

Vancouver in the face-off circle is 96 for 183: 52.5 percent after three games in preseason.

The Canucks had eleven players with a positive Corsi For (All Situations) in the game led by Philip Larsen, +16; Anton Rodin +13; Michael Zalewski +10.

Vancouver had ten players with a positive Corsi For 5-on-5, led by Borna Rendulic +10; Michael Zalewski +8; Larsen, Tuomo Ruutu, and Ben Hutton had +7 each.

For the game, Calgary finished with a positive Corsi For (All Situations) of +47, Vancouver +55. Both teams 5-on-5, Vancouver had a positive Corsi For of +40, Calgary +33.

Next Game: October 2, 2016 at Rogers Arena against San Jose Sharks 5 p.m. PST

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