Game Review: Montreal Remains Undefeated In Regulation, Canucks Lose 6th In A Row 3-0

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price concentrates on the puck despite being bumped by Vancouver Canucks Jannik Hansen during second period of National Hockey League game in Montreal Wednesday Nov. 2, 2016. JOHN MAHONEY / MONTREAL GAZETTE


andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 2, 2016

Vancouver (4-5-1=9 pts) played the first of a six game road trip tonight at the Bell Centre against Eastern conference rivals, Montreal Canadiens (9-0-1=19 pts), and came up on the short end of the score, losing 3-0.

It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Canucks after starting the season with four wins. Adding salt to the wound, Vancouver has been shut out in three of their last four games.

It was the first of two meetings this season; the Canadiens visit Rogers Arena on Mar. 7, 2017.

Vancouver is now 0-2-1, on the road, and will be looking for their first road win of the season against Ottawa tomorrow night.

Canucks now sits in 21st place in the NHL (tied with four other teams for 18th); and are tied for 4th place in the Pacific division with Calgary, with 9 points each; 6 points behind the Oilers, 1 point behind the Anaheim Ducks.

Canucks starting goalie Ryan Miller, stopped 19 of 21 shots in the game.

Miller, after five game starts, has a 1.79 GAA and a .934 SV%. He is now 1-4-0 for the season.

The Canucks have scored only 3 goals for Ryan Miller in his five starts this season, against Calgary, Anaheim, Ottawa, Edmonton and now Montreal, while giving up 9 goals against, and being shutout three times with Miller in net.

His goal support averages 0.60 G/GP, worst in the NHL.

In the first, there was no scoring but there was no lack of effort from the Canucks, as Jannik Hansen led his teammates with 3 shots in the opening period, and Vancouver out shot the Canadiens 13-3, and out hit Montreal 9-4. Canucks had 5 takeaways and Montreal had 6 giveaways in the period.

In the second, Vancouver continued to take the game to the Canadiens out shooting Montreal 11-0 early in the period, drawing a penalty and getting good scoring opportunities.

The Canadiens would start to get their legs, and push back, eventually getting shots on Ryan Miller, out shooting Vancouver 5-0 at one point.

Eventually, Montreal would get the opening goal of the game to make it 1-0. Nathan Beaulieu (1), assisted by Brendan Gallagher (4) and Alex Galchenyuk (6) at 12:22.

Vancouver gave up the opening goal of the game tonight for the 9th time in its first 10 games this season.

Montreal would get a 2-0 lead in the final minute of the middle frame on a giveaway by Ben Hutton who threw the puck out in front of the Montreal net.

Torrey Mitchell (5), assisted by Phillip Danault (3) and Brian Flynn (2) at 19:11.

In the third, the Canucks needed to finish and get a goal. The effort had been there after two period; the shots, the takeaways, the saves by Ryan Miller, the hits.

But it was not to be, as the Canadians and Carey Price would continue to stymie the Canucks, and Vancouver could not capitalize on their many chances and finish.

With less than two minutes left to go in the game, Ryan Miller would be pulled and with 1:55 left, the Canadiens would be awarded a goal on an attempt by Montreal to score on the empty net, when Alex Radulov was interfered by Alex Edler on a scoring attempt.

Alex Radulov (3), assisted by Alex Galchenyuk (7) and Brendan Gallagher (5) at 18:05, to make it 3-0 Canadiens.

And that’s all she wrote.

In brief:

  • Canucks tied 0-0 after one; behind 2-0 after two.
  • Vancouver outshot Montreal 42-22 in the game.
  • The Vancouver penalty kill was 3 for 3, with 0 shots against; 1 shots for; 0 shorthanded goals for; the power play was 0 for 5, with 4 shots for, 0 shots against and 0 shorthanded goals against.

Next Game: Nov 3, 2016: Canucks at Ottawa @4:30 p.m. PST

Canucks Post Game Notes

Regular Season Game 10, Road Game 3

Final Score      1     2     3     OT   SO     F
Van                       0     0     0                          0
Mont                    0      2     1                          3

Van: 4-5-1 (Road:0-2-1)
Mont: 9-0-1 (Home: 4-0-0)

Stats:   SF   SA     PP     PK   PIM    CF        CA        SCF      SCA   HITS 
Van         42   22      0-5     3-3     6      74(66)  40(33)   30(25)   18(16)     26
Mont      22   42      0-3     5-5     10    40(33)  74(66)    18(16)   30(25)     19
                                    5v5 stats in parenthesis for CF & CA                                                                SCF=scoring chances for; SCA=scoring chances against.


  • Total: 31-60: 52 percent
    • defensive zone: 6-13: 46 percent
    • offensive zone: 17-32: 53 percent
    • neutral zone: 8-15: 53 percent
  • Horvat was 8-18; H.Sedin, 6-15; Sutter, 11-19; Gaunce, 6-8

Game Stats Reports:  Game, Face-OffsShotsEvent


  • Loui Ericksson finished the game with 5 shots and 3 shot attempts blocked.
  • Alex Burrows and Brandon Sutter and Philip Larsen had 4 shots each.
  • Larsen had 4 shot attempts blocked.
  • Players with 3 shots included: Derek Dorsett, Daniel Sedin, Jannik Hansen, Sven Baertschi and Brendan Gaunce.
  • Alex Burrows and Derek Dorsett had 5 and 4 hits respectively. Ben Hutton and Brendan Gaunce had 3 hits each.
  • Chris Tanev had 5 blocked shots and Erik Gudbranson had 3 blocked shots.
  • Vancouver had 12-blocked shots; 8-giveaways; 8-takeaways, 24-shot attempts blocked and 8-missed shots, in the game.
  • Corsi Tidbits:
    • Canucks had 17 players with a positive Corsi For (All Situations):
      • Brandon Sutter +21
      • Philip Larsen +18
      • Loui Ericksson +17
      • Markus Granlund +17
      • Alex Edler +15
      • Luca Sbisa +12
      • Henrik Sedin +12
    • Vancouver had 18 players with a positive Corsi For (5-on-5):
      • Loui Ericksson +19
      • Markus Granlund +19
      • Brandon Sutter +15
      • Luca Sbisa +15
      • Philip Larsen +12
      • Erik Gudbranson +12
      • Alex Edler +11
    • Defensemen (CorsiFor%):
      • All Strengths:
        • Philip Larsen: 76.47 percent
        • Luca Sbisa; 70.00 percent
        • Alex Edler: 66.67 percent
        • Chris Tanev: 62.86 percent
        • Erik Gudbranson: 61.90 percent
        • Ben Hutton: 55.81 percent
      • 5 on 5:
        • Luca Sbisa: 77.78 percent
        • Philip Larsen: 73.08 percent
        • Alex Edler: 66.67 percent
        • Chris Tanev: 65.62 percent
        • Erik Gudbranson: 65.00 percent
        • Ben Hutton: 58.54 percent
    • Forwards (CorsiFor%):
      • All Strengths:
        • Derek Dorsett: 85.71 percent
        • Brandon Sutter: 73.38 percent
        • Loui Ericksson: 75.76 percent
        • Markus Granlund: 75.76  percent
        • Brendan Gaunce: 75.00 percent
        • Alex Burrows: 69.23 percent
        • Henrik Sedin: 65.00 percent
        • Daniel Sedin: 62.50 percent
        • Sven Baertschi: 56.52 percent
      • 5 on 5:
        • Derek Dorsett: 85.71 percent
        • Loui Ericksson: 80.65 percent
        • Markus Granlund: 80.65  percent
        • Brandon Sutter: 77.78 percent
        • Brendan Gaunce: 75.00 percent
        • Alex Burrows: 75.00 percent
        • Henrik Sedin: 59.38 percent
        • Sven Baertschi: 56.52 percent
        • Daniel Sedin: 56.25 percent

Note: Corsi stats from and

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