By Andrew Chernoff
October 22, 2016
Vancouver (4-0-1=9 pts) played their first road game of their two-game California road swing, tonight at Staples Center against division rival, Los Angeles Kings (2-3-0=4 pts).
The Vancouver Canucks came into the game with the chance of starting the season with 5-consecutive wins, a feat that no Vancouver hockey team had ever accomplished in its’ 47 year history, and this team would not do it either.
The Canucks finished the game in first place in the NHL (tied with Montreal and St. Louis) and atop the Pacific division, , ahead of Edmonton, who have 8 points.
Henrik Sedin (1-1=2 pts) and Philip Larsen (0-2=2 pts) both had two point games; Markus Granlund and Alex Edler had the other goals. Brandon Sutter (4), Jannik Hansen (2), and Daniel Sedin (2) had assists to help the Canucks cause.
Canucks starting goalie Jacob Markstrom, stopped 28 of 31 shots in the game.
Markstrom after four game starts, has a 1.94 GAA and a .923 SV%. He is now 3-0-1 for the season.
The Kings came out to play, and caught the Canucks flatfooted and quickly began to take control of the game from the first faceoff, and Vancouver had to find a way to escape with at least a point by the end of the game, which they did…barely.
The Kings drew first blood, scoring the opening goal of the game at 4:35 of the first period. Brayden McNabb (2) from Dustin Brown (2) and Nic Dowd (1).
With 1:36 left in the opening period, Tanner Pearson (4), scored on the power play, assisted by Dustin Brown (3) and Alec Martinez at 18:24, to take a 2-0 lead into the first period intermission.
The Canucks failed to score in the first period for the 5th consecutive game.
In the second, Canucks started the middle frame with a man-advantage for 1:29, continued from the first period.
The Kings wasted little time, scoring a shorthanded goal at 0:33, to make it 3-0, Dustin Brown (1), assisted by Anze Kopitar (3) and Vancouver really had an uphill climb..
Markus Granlund (2), after a scoring chance by Jannik Hansen on Kings goalie Peter Budaj, would cut the Canuck deficit by two, scoring at 8:40, to make it 3-1 Kings, assisted by Jannick Hansen (2) and Brandon Sutter (4).
With six minutes left in the middle period, Derek Dorsett would go to the Canucks dressing room after a solid hit along the right boards in the Kings end. He would return in the final period, but sustained a shoulder injury that most likely will keep him out of the Anaheim game.
Vancouver would get a power play on a take down of Jannik Hansen, and the Canucks would capitalize at 15:57 with just their second power play goal of the season, to narrow the Kings lead to 3-2.
Henrik Sedin (2) from Philip Larsen (1) and Daniel Sedin (2).
For the fourth time in five games the Canucks would finish the second period of a game, trailing in the score.
In the third, Vancouver would have to shut down the Kings and score a couple of their own.
The Canucks made it hard on themselves, wasting power play opportunities until, late in the game, with the power play and Markstrom pulled, Vancouver scores on their 6th power play of the game, to tie the game at 3-3, at 19:35.
Alex Edler (1) from Philip Larsen (2) and Henrik Sedin (2).
And off to overtime the game went, for the 26th time going back to last season for Vancouver.
Overtime would not settle anything, except take the game to a shooout, which the Kings would win, taking the game 4-3.
- Canucks were behind, 2-0 after one; trailing 3-2 after two, 3-3 at end of regulation and overtime.
- Vancouver outshot by Los Angeles 31-25 in the game.
- The Vancouver penalty kill was 2 for 3, with 8 shots against; the power play was 2 for 6, with 9 shots for, 2 shots against and 1 shorthanded goal against.
Next Game: Oct 23, 2016: Canucks at Ducks at the Honda Center @5 p.m. PST
Canucks Post Game Notes
Regular Season Game 5, Road Game 1
Final Score 1 2 3 OT SO F
Van 0 2 3 0 0-3 3
LA 2 1 3 0 1-3 4
Van: 4-0-1 (Road:0-0-1)
LA: 2-3-0 (Home: 1-1-0)
Stats: SF SA PP PK SHG PIM CF CA SCF SCA HITS
Van 25 31 2-6 2-3 – 11 45(30) 74(54) 14(10) 25(15) 20
LA 31 25 1-3 4-6 1 17 74(54) 45(30) 25(15) 14(10) 31
5v5 stats in parenthesis for CF & CA SCF=scoring chances for; SCA=scoring chances against.
- Total: 29-68: 43 percent
- defensive zone: 10-21: 48 percent
- offensive zone: 11-26: 42 percent
- neutral zone: 8-21: 38 percent
- Horvat was 9-22; H.Sedin, 6-12; Sutter, 13-29; Gaunce, 1-5
- Philip Larsen and Henrik Sedin led the Canucks with 4 shots; Jake Viranen and Sven Baertschi had 3 shots each.
- Derek Dorsett and Alex Edler led all Canucks with 3 hits.
- Jacob Markstrom had 3 giveaways.
- Erik Gudbranson had 3 shot attempts blocked .
- Chris Tanev had 6 blocked shots; Alex Edler had 5 blocked shots.
- Vancouver had 21-blocked shots; 5-giveaways; 3-takeaways, 8-shot attemps blocked and 12-missed shots, in the game.
- The Canucks had 3 players with a positive Corsi For (All Situations) in the game led by Daniel Sedin +4; Henrik Sedin and Philip Larsen were +3.
- Vancouver had 1 player with a positive Corsi For (5-on-5): Erik Gudbranson at +1.