By Andrew Chernoff
Dec 6, 2016
Vancouver (11-13-2=24 pts) played the first game of a 5 game road trip tonight at Prudential Center against Eastern conference rivals, New Jersey Devils (12-7-6=30 pts).
Vancouver went for their 4th road win of the season, while the Devils were trying to remain without a regulation loss at home this season.
Could both teams do both? Was not to be, as the Devils defeat the Canucks 3-2.
A scary moment in game with Canucks defenseman Philip Larsen who was hit hard by Devils Taylor Hall, behind the Canucks net, and slumped down onto the ice from the unseen Hall.
Canucks had goals from the Sedin brothers; Daniel on the power play to even the game at 1-1 in the second period; Henrik, in the third period, to bring Vancouver within a goal of New Jersey at 3-2.
Daniel Sedin finished the game with two points, as he assisted on Henrik’s goal; Troy Stecher, Luca Sbisa and Brandon Sutter also picked up assists.
Canucks starting goalie, Jacob Markstrom, stopped 19 of 22 shots.
Canucks, continues to be in 6th place in the Pacific division; 4 points in front of Arizona, and 5 points behind 3rd place Anaheim.
In the first, Taylor Hall (7) would get the scoring going, off the post on Jacob Markstrom, to give the Devils a 1-0 lead, at 3:42, assisted by Kyle Quincey (6) and Pa Parenteau (4).
The Canucks would receive a two-man advantage for two minutes before the end of the period for a bench penalty to the Devils and instigator penalty John Moore of New Jersey for fighting, a reaction to Travis Zajac been hit by Michael Chaput. There was no penalty called on the hit by Chaput.
In the second, the Canucks on the power play, would get the equalizer, Daniel Sedin, his 8th goal of the season, assisted by Brandon Sutter (8) and Troy Stecher (5) at 1:10, to make it a 1-1 game.
Philip Larsen, received a blindsided hit from Taylor Hall behind the Canucks net, and was out, stopped dead in his tracks. Larsen had no idea at all, that Hall had him lined up for the hit.
The Devils would take a 2-1 lead, on a power play goal by Kyle Palmieri (4), assisted by Taylor Hall (10) and Damon Severson (12), at 7:08.
It would become 3-1 New Jersey, on a goal by Ben Lovejoy (1), assisted by Travis Zajac (13) and Kyle Quincy (7), at 11:09.
In the third, Henrik Sedin brought Vancouver within a goal, at 3-2, with his 7th goal of the season, at 3:58, assisted by Luca Sbisa (7) and Daniel Sedin (9).
Canucks had some late pressure with Jacob Markstrom at the bench in the final minutes, but were unable to force overtime and lose, 3-2.
- Canucks behind 1-0 after one; behind 3-1 after two periods
- Vancouver out shoot New Jersey 24-22
- Canucks penalty kill, 1 for 2
- 4 shots against; 1 shots for; 0 shorthanded goals for
- Vancouver power play, 1 for 3
- 7 shots for; 2 shots against; 0 shorthanded goals against
Next Game: Dec 8, 2016: Canucks at Tampa Bay @4:30 p.m. PST
Canucks Post Game Stats
Regular Season Game 26, Road Game 12
Final Score 1 2 3 OT SO F
Van 0 1 1 2
NJ 1 2 0 0
Van: 11-13-2 (Road: 3-8-1)
NJ: 12-7-6 (Home: 8-0-2)
Stats: SF SA PP PK PIM CF CA SCF SCA HITS
Van 23 22 1-3 1-2 16 27(16) 28(22) 8(6) 9(7) 21
NJ 22 23 1-2 2-3 26 28(22) 27(16) 4(7) 3(6) 23
5v5 stats in parenthesis for CF & CA SCF=scoring chances for; SCA=scoring chances against.
- Vancouver had:
- 7-blocked shots; 5-giveaways; 10-takeaways
- 6-shot attempts blocked; 8-missed shots
- Total: 32-60: 53 percent
- offensive zone: 8-16: 50%
- defensive zone: 10-16: 63%
- neutral zone: 14-28: 50%
- Even Strength (5v5): 19-38: 50%
- Sutter, 9-17; H.Sedin, 7-15
- Horvat, 10-16; Gaunce, 1-2
- Chaput, 3-7; Granlund, 0-0
- D.Sedin, 2-2; Megna, 0-1
- Faceoffs-Even Strength (5v5):
- Sutter, 6-11; H.Sedin, 4-9
- Horvat, 6-11; Gaunce, 0-1
- Chaput, 2-5; Granlund, 0-0
- D.Sedin, 1-1; Megna, 0-0