Game Review: Canucks Lose To Dallas 2-1, Start Inching Closer To NHL Basement

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DALLAS, TX – NOVEMBER 25 Alexander Edler #23, Joseph Labate #62, Troy Stecher #51 and the Vancouver Canucks celebrate a goal against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center on November 25, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

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andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 25, 2016

Vancouver (8-11-2=18 pts) played the second game of a three game road trip tonight at American Airlines Center against Western conference rivals, Dallas Stars (9-8-5=23 pts)and lost a squeaker, 2-1.

Jayson Megna got his first goal as a Vancouver Canuck and Bo Horvat, received an assist to keep his points streak going, now at three games (2-3=5 pts).

Loui Eriksson and Alex Burrows had their points streaks come to an end.

Canucks starting goalie Ryan Miller, stopped 26 of 28 shots in the game.

Miller, is 3-8-0 with a 2.67 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

Vancouver is now 2-7-1 on the road.

Canucks, are in 6th place in the Pacific division with 18 points; 5 points behind 3rd place Los Angeles; 3 points behind Calgary and 4 points ahead of Arizona.

Vancouver is two points from 30th place in the NHL.

Game Summary

In the first, Jayson Megna scored the opening goal of the 3rd straight game for the Canucks, with his first goal of the season, on Vancouver’s first shot, to make it 1-0. Assist to Bo Horvat (7), at 5:01.

Loui Eriksson had 3 shots in the opening period, and Vancouver was 1 for 1 on the penalty kill.

The Canucks carried a 1-0 lead into the second period, the 3rd consecutive game the Canucks have carried a lead into the middle frame.

The Stars would even up the score at 1-1, on a goal that the Canucks did not like because they thought it should have been icing, and the Dallas had too many men on the ice, but the protest was to no avail.

Radek Faksa (2), at 9:32, assisted by Esa Lindell (2) and Antoine Roussel (10).

Dallas would go up by a goal, when Vancouver could not succeed in getting the puck out of their end, and Esa Lindell, would finally scoop it up off a Canuck and score to make it 2-1 Stars.

Lindell, his first goal of the season, assisted by Jamie Benn (11) and John Klingberg (9), at 15:58.

Vancouver got outshot in the period 11-5; they had 6-giveaways to 1-takeaway, and the Stars were outduelling the Canucks in the faceoff circle, which all enabled Dallas to score two unanswered goals, to take the lead into the final period, 2-1.

The Canucks would have to tighten up defensively, and continue to press the Stars offensively, continuing to get shots as they had in the first two periods, but burying the puck past Stars goalie AnttiNiemi, like they did in the opening period, with their only goal going into the third period.

Dallas went into the final period looking for their 7th straight home win against Vancouver, and the Canucks needed to comeback in the last period of the game, to break that streak, and get their third road win of the season, second of the road trip.

The Canucks got their chances in the first half of the final period but could not find a way to put away that elusive equalizing goal, to tie the game at 2-2.

With 6:46 left in the game, it was looking like it would take a dirty goal around the Dallas net, to get the equalizer.

Canucks with 5:39 left were dominating faceoffs in the Dallas end, and continuing to get shots, with the Stars getting away with rough stuff to intimidate Vancouver.

Vancouver continued to have more difficulty sustaining an offensive attack as the Stars continuously got in the way of passes and Canuck bodies, and Niemi controlled his rebounds.

The Canucks sensed urgency with two minutes left and kept up the pressure, and then Brandon Sutter was hooked by Patrick Sharp, putting Vancouver on the power play for the rest of the game, and with a man advantage to get the 2-2 goal.

With time running out, Ryan Miller was pulled for a further advantage, but Dallas would continue to deny the Canucks the goal they needed to force the game into overtime.

The Stars win it, thanks to their goaltender and his teammates who wanted it more, 2-1.

In brief:

  • Canucks led 1-0 after one; were behind 2-1 after two periods
  • Vancouver out shot Dallas 31-28
  • Canucks penalty kill, 1 for 1
    •  1 shots against; 1 shots for; 0 shorthanded goals for
  • Vancouver power play, 0 for 2
    • 2 shots for; 0 shots against; 0 shorthanded goals against
  • The Canucks in their last 9 games are:
    • 4-4-0-1=9 pts / 18 pts (Nov 6-25/16)
      • Home: 2-1-0-1
      • Road: 2-3-0-0
    • 26 goals scored (t-10th in NHL)
    • 30 goals against (t-27th in NHL)
    • power play, 4 for 22: 18.2 percent (15th in NHL)
    • penalty kill, 4 for 24: 82.6 percent (t-13th in NHL)
    • faceoff win percentage, 55.0 percent (2nd in NHL)
  • A Game Of  Shot Attempts Blocked, Missed Shots, Shots On Goal
    • Alex Edler had 8 shot attempts blocked, and 4 shots on goal.
    • Alex Burrows had 5 shot attempts blocked, 2 missed shots and 4 shots on goal.
    • Troy Stecher had 3 shot attempts blocked, 1 missed shot, and 4 shots on net.
    • Daniel Sedin had 1 shot attempt blocked, 4 missed shots, and 2 shots on net.
  • Lots Of Give, But Little Take
    • Daniel Sedin, Ben Hutton, Erik Gudbranson, had two giveaways each, for 6 of 12 game giveaways.
    • On the flip side, Canucks only had two takeaways, one each from Daniel Sedin and Luca Sbisa.
    • The Stars had 16 giveaways, and 7 takeaways in the game.

Next Game: Nov 26, 2016: Canucks at Colorado Avalanche @7:00 p.m. PST

Canucks Post Game Stats

Regular Season Game 21, Road Game 10

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

Records:
Van: 8-11-2 (Road: 2-7-1)
Dal: 9-8-5 (Home: 6-3-2)

Stats:   SF   SA     PP     PK   PIM    CF         CA       SCF     SCA    HITS 
Van        31     28       0-1     1-1       2    69(60)   52(48)  27(24)  14(12)     18
Dal         28    31        0-1     1-1       2    52(48)   69(60)  14(12)   27(24)    20
                                    5v5 stats in parenthesis for CF & CA                                                                SCF=scoring chances for; SCA=scoring chances against.

Event summary:

  • Vancouver had:
    • 10-blocked shots; 12-giveaways; 2-takeaways
    • 24-shot attempts blocked; 14-missed shots

Face-offs:

  • Total: 32-63: 51 percent
    • offensive zone: 16-32: 50%
    • defensive zone: 6-13: 46%
    • neutral zone: 10-18: 56%
  • Even Strength (5v5): 28-58: 48%

Game Stats Reports: Game, Face-OffsShotsEvent

Player Stats:

  •  Faceoffs-Total:
    • Sutter, 3-9; H.Sedin, 5-9
    • Horvat, 13-22; Gaunce, 3-6
    •  Chaput, 8-16; Granlund, 0-1
  • Faceoffs-Even Strength (5v5):
    • Sutter, 2-8; H.Sedin, 4-8
    • Horvat, 11-20; Gaunce, 3-6
    • Chaput, 8-16; Granlund, 0-0
  • Shots leaders:
    • Burrows, 4; Edler, 4; Stecher, 4
    • Eriksson, 3; Megna, 3
  •  Hits leaders:
    • Gudbranson, 5; Tryamkin, 4
    • Sbisa, 3
  • Blocked Shots leaders:
    • Hutton, 4
  • Giveaway leaders:
    • Sedin, 2; Hutton, 2
    • Gudbranson, 2
  • Takeaway leaders:
    • D.Sedin, 1; Sbisa, 1
  • Shot Attempts Blocked:
    • Edler, 8; Burrows, 5;
    • Stecher, 3; Sbisa, 2; Hutton, 2
  • Missed Shots:
    • D.Sedin, 4; Gudbranson, 3
    • Burrows, 2; Sutter, 2

Advanced Player Stats For Game:

  • Defensemen (CorsiFor%):
    • All Strengths:
      • Edler: 58.18; Stecher: 64.00
      • Hutton: 60.47; Gudbranson: 57.58
      • Sbisa: 51.52; Tryamkin: 42.86
    • 5 on 5:
      • Edler: 54.35; Stecher: 58.14
      • Hutton: 61.54; Gudbranson: 60.00
      • Tryamkin: 44.00; Sbisa: 51.52
  • Forwards (CorsiFor%):
    • All Strengths:
      • D.Sedin: 73.53; H.Sedin: 68.57; Sutter: 64.10
      • Granlund: 45.45; Chaput: 50.00; Eriksson: 50.00
      • Burrows: 56.76; Horvat: 61.36; Megna: 58.82
      • Skille: 58.33; Gaunce: 43.75; LaBate: 50.00
    • 5 on 5:S
      • D.Sedin: 66.67; H.Sedin: 60.71; Sutter: 60.00
      • Granlund: 44.83; Chaput: 50.00; Eriksson: 46.88
      • Burrows: 56.76; Horvat: 59.46; Megna: 58.82
      • Skille: 58.33; Gaunce: 50.00; LaBate: 50.00

Note: Stats from naturalstattrick.comhockeystats.cacorsica.hockey and nhl 

They Said It….

Henrik Sedin thinks the team’s effort is there, but they need to cash in on their chances:

Coach Desjardins talks after a strong performance by the Canucks:

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