Boston Hands Vancouver 17th Road Loss, Canucks 6 Points Out Of Playoff Spot

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 11: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins watches the play against Christopher Tanev #8 and Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks at the TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 11: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins watches the play against Christopher Tanev #8 and Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks at the TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

Feb 11, 2017

Vancouver (24-25-6=54 pts) played the 3rd of a 6 game road trip this afternoon against the Boston Bruins (28-23-6=62 pts) at TD Garden.

The Canucks took on the Bruins in their first of two meetings this season, looking for their 8th road win, while Boston was looking for its 15th home win of the season.

Vancouver and Boston both entered the game 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.

Canucks Suffer 4-3 Regulation Loss

Vancouver scored the first goal of the game, then Boston came back with two unanswered to take a 2-1 lead, but the Canucks would even the game at 2-2 with a last second goal in the middle frame.

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 11: Bo Hovart #53 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates a goal against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 11: Bo Hovart #53 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates a goal against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 11: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a goal past Adam McQuaid #54 of the Boston Bruins during the second period at TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 11: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a goal past Adam McQuaid #54 of the Boston Bruins during the second period at TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

 

In the final period, Boston scored early, regaining a one goal lead at 3-2. Vancouver would come back with a man advantage goal on the power play to tie the game at 3-3 with just over five minutes left in the game.

With exactly two minutes left, the Bruins would go up 4-3 putting the Canucks into a position of coming back a third time in the game.

Vancouver pulled goalie Ryan Miller, coming close to scoring, hitting a goalpost, but Boston would hang on, squeaking by the Canucks 4-3.

The Bruins visit Rogers Arena on Mar. 13.

The Canucks continue their road trips with visits to Buffalo (Feb. 12), Pittsburgh (Feb. 14) and St. Louis (Feb. 16).

The game this afternoon marked the start of the Canucks’ 12th of 16 back-to-back series this season. They are 8-14-1 in back-to-backs thus far this season. In 2015.16, the Canucks played in 13 back-to-back series posting a record of 10-12-4.

The loss against the Bruins left Vancouver 6 points behind Los Angeles and Nashville for one of the wild card playoff spots, in the Western conference.

The Canucks entered the game with points in 13 in their last 19 games, with a record since Dec 28th of 10-6-3, tied for 11th best in the NHL, with an NHL 4th best 2.32 GAA, and 6th best FOW% at 52.5 percent.

Game Review

Vancouver behind 2-1 after the first period. Canucks scored the game opening goal when Bo Horvat, with his 16th goal of the season, scored to make it 1-0 Vancouver, assisted by Jannik Hansen (6) and Alex Burrows (10), at 4:56.

The goal marked Horvat’s 100th NHL career point in 205 games (45-55=100 pts), for a .488 points per game average.

The Canucks have opened the scoring now 21 times this season and are 12-6-3 when scoring first. They are 12-19-3 when the opposition scores first.

Boston would even the score at 1-1, at 13:33, on a goal by Kevan Miller (2), assisted by Ryan Spooner (20) and Frank Vatrano (4).

The Bruins took a 2-1 lead on their second power play of the game, in the final minute of the period, Frank Vatrano (7) scoring at 19:22, assisted by David Kreji (23) and Torey Krug (30).

In the secondVancouver scored a last second goal in the last minute of the period to even the game up at 2-2, on a goal by Alex Burrows, unassisted, at 19:59.

In the final periodBoston would score early, to take a 3-2 lead, as Colin Miller (4), scored at 2:12, assisted by Jimmy Hayes (2) and Frank Vatrano (5).

Markus Granlund would score on the power play for the Canucks, to even up the game once again, at 3-3, with his 14th goal of the season, assisted by Alex Edler (10) and Ben Hutton (9) at 14:23.

 

With two minutes left, David Pastrnak (25), put Boston back into the lead, 4-3, assisted by David Krejci (24) and Adam McQuaid (4). That would prove to be the winner.

Miller Suffers 15 Loss Of Season

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 11: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins handles the puck against Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks at the TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 11: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins handles the puck against Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks at the TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Ryan Miller made his 34th start of the season, 15th on the road, losing his 9th road game, stopping 26 of 30 shots.

Millers’s season totals now stand at 15-15-3, with a 2.61 GAA, and a .917 Sv% and 3 shutouts, in 34 game starts.

On the road he is now, 3-9-2, with a 3.02 GAA, a .908 Sv% and 1 shutout.

Edler, Granlund Extend Point Streaks 

Alex Edler and Markus Granlund extended their point streaks to 3 games against the Bruins, with Edler picking up an assist and Granlund a goal:

ALEXANDER EDLER (1-2=3 pts / 3 Games)
MARKUS GRANLUND (2-1=3 pts / 3 Games)

Vancouver continues to be in 6th place in the Pacific division with the loss, with 54 points, 13 points ahead 7th place Arizona, 5 points behind 5th place Calgary; 6 points from 4th place Los Angeles.

Los Angeles and Nashville presently occupy the two wild card playoff positions, with 60 points, with Vancouver 6 points behind both teams.

Vancouver continue their road trip at Buffalo tomorrow night at 4:30 pm PST.

In Brief:

  • Vancouver out shot Boston, 32-30
  • Canucks were 1 for 3 on the power play, with 4 shot for, 2 shots against
  • Vancouver 1 for 2 on the penalty kill, with 2 shot against
  • Canucks out hit by Bruins 25-23
  • Vancouver had 12 blocked shots
  • Luca Sbisa had 5 hits; Brandon Sutter 4 hits; and Troy Stecher had 3 hits
  • Ben Hutton blocked 4 shots; Troy Stecher, Luca Sbisa and Alex Edler finished with 2 blocked shots each
  • Vancouver were 28 for 55 in faceoffs, for 51 percent
    • Brandon Sutter was 8 for 15, 53 percent; Bo Horvat, 10 for 18, 56 percent; Henrik Sedin, 7 for 16, 44 percent; Michael Chaput, 2 for 4, 50 percent
  • Canucks finished with 9 attempted shots blocked, 14 missed shots, led by:
    • Brandon Sutter, 2 attempted shots blocked, 1 missed shot
    • Loui Eriksson, 2 attempted shots blocked, 1 missed shot
    • Troy Stecher, 2 attempted shots blocked
    • Henrik Sedin, 3 missed shots
    • Ben Hutton, 2 missed shots
    • Markus Granlund, 2 missed shots
  • Bo Horvat led Vancouver with 4 shots; Burrows, Sutter, Eriksson, and Hansen 3 shots each
  • Canucks had 12 giveaways (Bo Horvat and Michael Chaput with 2 each)
  • Vancouver had 10 takeaways (Brandon Sutter and Luca Sbisa with 2 each)
  • Vancouver is 3rd in the League with 16 wins in 1 goal games.
  • Canucks, are now, 2-5-2 in their last 9 road games, since Jan 1
  • Vancouver is 6-5-0 in their last 11 games against Boston (3-3-0 in their last 6 games).
  • CURRENT INJURIES
    • Derek Dorsett; 35 games missed
    • Erik Gudbranson; 23 games missed
    • Anton Rodin; 8 games missed
    • Sven Baertschi
  • TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 242

Canucks Lineup:

#22D. Sedin-#33H.Sedin-#60Granlund
#14Burrowsi-#53Horvat-#36Hansen
#21Ericksson-#20Sutter-#46Megna
#24Boucher-#45Chaput-#9Skille

#23Edler-#51Stecher
#5Sbisa-#8Tanev
#27Hutton-#88Tryamkin

#30Miller
#25Markstrom

Scratched: #55 Alex Biega, #63 Philip Larsen

They Said It…

 

 

 

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