Game Review: Maple Leafs Drop Vancouver 6-3, Extend Canucks Losing Streak To 8 Games

TORONTO, ON – NOVEMBER 5: Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks speaks with teammate Brandon Sutter #20 during the first period of play against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on November 5, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images)


andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 5, 2016

Vancouver (4-7-1=9 pts) played the third game of a 6-game road trip tonight at Canadian Tire Centre against Eastern conference rivals, Toronto Maple Leafs (5-4-3=13 pts).

Toronto defeated the Canucks 6-3, handing the Canucks their fourth straight regulation road loss (0-4-1); extending their losing streak to 8 games (0-7-1); but their streak of not scoring goals ends at 2 games.

Vancouver has one regulation win in 12 regular season games so far this season.

Jannik Hansen led the Canuck forwards with 2 points (0-2=2 pts) and 19 penalty minutes.

Canucks had goals from Derek Dorsett (1), Henrik Sedin (4) and Daniel Sedin (3), with other helpers from, Brandon Sutter (5), Philip Larsen (4); and rookie Troy Stecher (1), his first point in the NHL.

Canucks were without a goal for 159:37, going back to the Washington Capitals game on October 29.

The Canucks have been shut out a total of 8 times in their last 26 games going back to last season.

TORONTO, ON – N0VEMBER 5: Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on November 5, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Canucks starting goalie Ryan Miller, stopped 36 of 42 shots in the game, his 5th straight loss this season; and was assessed 22 minutes in penalty’s.

Miller, after tonight, is 1-5-0 with a 2.50 GAA and a .916 save percentage.

Canucks, with their 8th consecutive loss tonight, are in 29th place in the NHL (tied with Carolina and Nashville for 27th); and are in 6th place in the Pacific division, with 9 points; 8 points behind the Oilers, 1 point ahead of the Arizona Coyotes.

Game Summary

In the first, the Vancouver Canucks gave up the opening goal of a game for the 10th time this season, as Nazim Kadri, made it 1-0 Toronto, assisted by Nikita Zaitsev (6) and Morgan Rielly (6), at 12:20.

The game was clearly in the hands of Toronto as they were out shooting the Canucks, 14-3 with the goal.

After a failed power play, the Canucks would turnover the puck in their own end, and Tyler Bozak would take advantage of a Miller rebound and make it 2-0 Maple Leafs. Assisted by James van Riemsdyk (4) and Leo Komarov (3) at 16:18.

But 26 seconds later, Derek Dorsett would score a goal. Yes, a Canuck goal, to put Vancouver within a goal of the Maple Leafs, at 2-1.

Dorsett, his first goal of the season, assisted by Jannik Hansen (3) and Brandon Sutter (5), at 16:44.

The goal by Dorsett snapped Vancouver’s 159:37 scoreless streak, and was only the Canucks 3rd goal scored in a first period this season.

In the second period, Toronto received back-to-back power play opportunities, and scored on their second opportunity to extend their lead by two goals, 3-1.

Tyler Bozak, his second goal of the game, and 5th of the season, assisted by Mitch Marner (6) and Jake Gardiner (6), at 15:00.

After Jannik Hansen had a great opportunity to score, seconds later Henrik Sedin would draw the Canucks to within a goal of the Maple Leafs, for the second time in the game.

Henrik Sedin, his 4th goal of the season, assisted by Philip Larsen (4) at 16:20, to make it 3-2 Toronto.

In the third, Toronto made it 4-2, at 4:19 on their 35th shot of the game, scored by Mitch Marner (4), assisted by Tyler Bozak (4) and  James van Riemsdyk (5).

Less than two minutes later, Maple Leafs rookie, Nikita Soshnikov scored his first goal of the season, assisted by Ben Smith (1) at 6:13, to give Toronto a three goal lead, 5-2.

Vancouver would score 49 seconds after the Soshnikov goal, as Daniel Sedin (3) would bury the puck, assisted by Jannik Hansen (4) and Troy Stecher (1), at 6:42, to make it 4-3 Toronto.

It was Stecher’s first point in the NHL.

After taking the shot, Daniel Sedin was rocked by a hit from Nazim Kadri, who was assessed a five minute charging penalty, a game misconduct and five for fighting. Jannik Hansen came to Sedin’s defense, fighting Kadri, and was given a game misconduct, five minutes for fighting and an instigator penalty.

Daniel Sedin left the game, due to the NHL concussion protocol, but would return with 6 minutes left in the game.

Things just kept getting worse for Vancouver, as they would behind by three goals again, 99 seconds later, as Jake Gardiner (2) scored, assisted by Austen Matthews (5) and William Nylander (8), at 8:21, and it was 6-3 Maple Leafs.

Toronto’s Matt Martin, would start a fight with Canucks rookie Troy Stecher in the Canucks end, to the side of the Vancouver net, resulting in Canuck goalie Ryan Miller racing out of his net in aid of Stecher, to take on Martin, at 14:52.

Troy Stecher received five minutes for fighting.

Brendan Gaunce continued the fight with Matt Martin, and received a game misconduct.

Matt Martin of the Leafs, received two minutes for roughing, five minutes for fighting and game misconduct.

Both starting goalies were tossed out of the game.

Toronto goalie, Frederik Andersen was given two minutes for leaving his crease, when he left his crease and skated to the Canuck end; and 10 minutes for leaving his player’s/penalty bench.

Miller was given two minutes for leaving his crease to aid Troy Stecher; a game misconduct; and 10 minutes for leaving his player’s/penalty bench.

Backup goalies for both teams would finish the game.

The final score, 6-3 Toronto.

In brief:

  • Canucks were behind 2-1 after one; behind 3-2 after two.
  • Vancouver were outshot by Toronto 42-29 in the game.
  • The Vancouver penalty kill was 4 for 5 , with 6 shots against; 0 shot for; 0 shorthanded goals for; the power play was 0 for 6, with 4 shots for, 2 shots against and 0 shorthanded goals against.

Next Game: Nov 7, 2016: Canucks at New York Islanders @4:00 p.m. PST

Canucks Post Game Notes

Regular Season Game 12, Road Game 5

Final Score      1     2     3     OT   SO     F
Van                       1      1      1                          3
Tor                        2     1      3                          6

Van: 4-7-1 (Road: 0-4-1)
Tor: 5-4-3 (Home: 4-1-0)

Stats:   SF   SA     PP     PK   PIM     CF         CA          SCF       SCA      HITS 
Van         25    40     0-6     4-5     96      54(43)     71(52)    23(19)     42(33)      24
Tor          40    25     1-5      6-6     75      71(52)     54(43)    42(33)     23(19)      32
                                    5v5 stats in parenthesis for CF & CA                                                                SCF=scoring chances for; SCA=scoring chances against.


  • Total: 27-69: 39 percent
    • offensive zone: 6-15: 40 percent
    • defensive zone: 11-29: 38 percent
    • neutral zone: 10-25: 40 percent
  • Horvat was 10-18; H.Sedin, 9-20; Sutter, 4-15; Gaunce, 4-10;         Granlund, 0-4; D.Sedin: 0-1; Burrows: 0-1

Game Stats Reports:  Game, Face-OffsShotsEvent

Game Notes:

  •  Shots leaders:
    • Daniel Sedin and Derek Dorsett had 5 shots each; Jannik Hansen had 4 shots.
  •  Hits leaders:
    • Luca Sbisa had 5 hits
    • Nikita Tryamkin and Markus Granlund had 3 hits each
  • Blocked shots leaders:
    • Erik Gudbranson had 4 blocked shots
    • Philip Larsen had 3 blocked shots
  • Event summary:
    • Vancouver had 16-blocked shots; 10-giveaways; 8-takeaways, 13-shot attempts blocked and 12-missed shots
  • Corsi Tidbits For The Game:
    • Defensemen (CorsiFor%):
      • All Strengths:
        • Ben Hutton: 51.85
        • Philip Larsen: 50.00
        • Troy Stecher: 42.86
        • Erik Gudbranson: 40.00
        • Nikita Tryamkin: 33.33
        • Luca Sbisa: 31.43
      • 5 on 5:
        • Ben Hutton: 53.49
        • Erik Gudbranson: 48.78
        • Philip Larsen: 46.43
        • Nikita Tryamkin: 41.38
        • Luca Sbisa: 37.93
        • Troy Stecher: 35.00
    • Forwards (CorsiFor%):
      • All Strengths:
        • Henrik Sedin: 62.86
        • Daniel Sedin: 62.77
        • Jannik Hansen: 58.62
        • Markus Granlund: 51.52
        • Loui Ericksson: 43.59
        • Alex Burrows: 42.86
        • Brandon Sutter: 42.86
        • Derek Dorsett: 41.67
        • Brendan Gaunce: 38.89
        • Sven Baertschi: 34.38
        • Jake Virtanen: 30.00
        • Bo Horvat: 29.41
      • 5 on 5:
        • Henrik Sedin: 65.38
        • Daniel Sedin: 62.50
        • Jannik Hansen: 60.71
        • Alex Burrows: 47.06
        • Markus Granlund: 46.15
        • Loui Ericksson: 44.83
        • Derek Dorsett: 43.48
        • Brandon Sutter: 41.94
        • Brendan Gaunce: 37.50
        • Bo Horvat: 31.82
        • Jake Virtanen: 26.32
        • Sven Baertschi: 25.00

Note: Corsi stats from and

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