By Andrew Chernoff
Jan 22, 2017
Vancouver (22-20-6=48 pts) began a three game road trip tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks (30-14-5=65 pts) at United Center.
The Canucks played the Blackhawks in their second of three meetings this season, looking for their 6th road win of the season, but instead ended up with their 14th road loss of the season by a 4-2 score, as Chicago broke open a 2-2 game with two goals in the final 1:18 to steal a victory over Vancouver.
A win against the Blackhawks would have leapfrogged Vancouver past Calgary and St. Louis and into the first playoff wild card position in the Western conference.
The Canucks entered the game with points in 11 in their last 12 games, with a record since Dec 28th of 8-1-3, 3rd best in the NHL, with a NHL best 1.75 GAA, and 3rd best FOW% at 53.2 percent.
In the first, Chicago opened the scoring to make it 1-0 on a goal by Richard Panik (11), assisted by Jonathan Toews (16) and Brian Campbell (9), at 14:27. With 2:30 left in the period, the Blackhawks extended their lead by two goals, at 2-0, by Patrick Kane (15), assisted by Jonathan Toews (17) at 17:30.
Chicago outshot Vancouver 18-9 in the opening period, and carried a wide portion of the play.
In the second, the Canucks did a good job at reducing the Blackhawks shots on net, while outshooting Chicago 8-3. They also drew two penalty’s but were unable to break the goose egg against the Blackhawks, who continued to lead 2-0 after two full periods.
In the third, Canucks continued to carry the play, drawing a penalty, and scoring two goals in 46 seconds, including a power play goal, to reduce the two goal deficit and even the game at 2-2.
A power play goal by Troy Stecher (2), assisted by Henrik Sedin (20) and Brandon Sutter (12) at 5:03, to make it 2-1 Chicago. Then Bo Horvat (14), a goal off his own rebound, at 5:49, unassisted, to make it 2-2.
Second goal for Stech and what a time for it! pic.twitter.com/dQaAMeUvrp
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We see you Bo AND WE LOVE WHAT WE SEE! 👀 pic.twitter.com/qA498EsoMI
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With 1:18 left in the game, Jonathan Toews (8) would give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead, and Marian Hossa (18), would add the insurance marker, with an empty net goal, at 19:36, to give Chicago a 4-2 win.
Miller Takes 11th Loss Of Season
Ryan Miller stopped 31 of 34 shots, in the 4-2 loss.
Ryan Miller came into the game red hot since Dec 28th, undefeated in his previous 9 game starts with a 7-0-2 record, 1.52 GAA, .951 Sv%, and 2 shutouts in that span. His save percentage in that span, tops in the NHL; goals against average, 2nd best; and tied for 2nd in most shutouts, since December 28th.
Miller’s season totals now stand at 14-11-3, with a 2.50 GAA, and a .919 Sv% and 2 shutouts, in 28 game starts.
Henrik Sedin, Extends Points Streak Against Chicago
Henrik Sedin, extended his points streak against the Blackhawks to 5 games (2-3=5 pts / 5 games), while Luca Sbisa had his points streak stopped at 2 games (1-1=2 pts / 2 games).
Vancouver continue in 5th place in the Pacific division, with 50 points, a point behind 4th place Calgary, 10 points behind Edmonton and San Jose; 2 points ahead of 6th place Los Angeles; and 16 points ahead of 7th, and last place, Arizona.
The St Louis Blues and Calgary presently occupy the two wild card playoff positions, with Vancouver a single point behind each.
Vancouver continues the road trip at Colorado (Jan. 25) and at Arizona (Jan. 26).
- Chicago out shot Vancouver, 35-28
- Canucks were 1 for 3 on the power play, with 5 shots for, 1 shot against
- Vancouver 1 for 1 on the penalty kill, with 1 shot against
- Canucks out hit Chicago 24-12
- Vancouver had 11 blocked shots
- Nikita Tryamkin led Vancouver with 6 hits; Michael Chaput, Luca Sbisa, and Alex Burrows had 3 hits each; Jayson Megna, Alex Edler and Brendan Gaunce had 2 hits
- Alex Burrows, Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin and Luca Sbisa finished with 2 blocked shots each to lead the Canucks
- Vancouver were 31 for 55 in faceoffs, for 56 percent
- Brandon Sutter was 18 for 21, 86 percent; Bo Horvat, 6 for 15, 40 percent; Henrik Sedin, 5 for 14, 36 percent
- Canucks finished with 16 attempted shots blocked, 9 missed shots, led by:
- Jayson Megna, 5 attempted shots blocked
- Troy Stecher, 2 attempted shots blocked, 1 missed shot
- Sven Baertschi, 1 attempted shot blocked, 2 missed shots
- Bo Horvat, 1 attempted shot blocked, 1 missed shot
- Alex Biega, 1 attempted shot blocked, 1 missed shot
- Markus Granlund, 1 attempted shot blocked, 1 missed shot
- Daniel Sedin and Bo Horvat led Canucks with 5 shots each; Troy Stecher had 3 shots
- Canucks had 5 giveaways
- Vancouver had 9 takeaways (Henrik Sedin with 2)
- The Canucks have opened the scoring 17 times this season and are 10-4-3 when scoring first. They are 12-16-3 when the opposition scores first.
- The Canucks are t-3rd with 7 wins when trailing after the first period. They are t-4th with 5 wins when trailing after the second period.
- Vancouver is t-2nd in the League with 15 wins in 1 goal games.
- Canucks, are now, 1-3-2 in their last 6 road games
- Vancouver are now 4-6-1 in their last 11 games against Chicago (1-4-1 in their last 6 games).
Scratched: #24 Reid Boucher, #63 Philip Larsen, #67 Jordan Subban