Canucks Game Review: Vancouver Loses 13th Road Game, Larsen Stretchered Off Ice

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NEWARK, NJ – DECEMBER 06: Taylor Hall #9 of the New Jersey Devils hits Philip Larsen #63 of the Vancouver Canucks in the second period on December 6, 2016 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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andrewchernoff 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.

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NEWARK, NJ – DECEMBER 06: Philip Larsen #63 of the Vancouver Canucks is taken off the ice on a stretcher after being injured during the game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on December 6, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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.

Game Summary

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.

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NEWARK, NJ – DECEMBER 06: Philip Larsen #63 of the Vancouver Canucks is carried off the ice on a stretcher after he was hit by Taylor Hall #9 of the New Jersey Devils in the second period on December 6, 2016 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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.

In brief:

  • 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

Records:
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.

Event summary:

  • Vancouver had:
    • 7-blocked shots; 5-giveaways; 10-takeaways
    • 6-shot attempts blocked; 8-missed shots

Face-offs:

  • 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%

Game Stats Reports: Face-OffsShotsEvent, Game

Player Stats:

  • Faceoffs-Total:
    • 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
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