Michael Chaput With Two Goals, Horvat, Burrows Lead Vancouver Over Buffalo 4-2

BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Robin Lehner #40 of the Buffalo Sabres is separated from Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks by referee Garrett Rank #7 during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on February 12, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY – FEBRUARY 12: Robin Lehner #40 of the Buffalo Sabres is separated from Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks by referee Garrett Rank #7 during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on February 12, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

Feb 12, 2017

Vancouver (25-25-6=56 pts) played the 4th game of a 6 game road trip this evening against the Buffalo Sabres (23-23-10=56 pts) at KeyBank Center.

The Canucks played the Sabres in their second and final meeting this season, going for their 8th road win, while Buffalo was hoping for their 14th win at home.

The Sabres entered the game 5-4-1 in their last 10 games, while the Canucks were 4-6-0.

Canucks Defeat Sabres 4-2 In Regulation For 8th Road Win

Buffalo scored the first goal of the game, but Vancouver came back with two consecutive goals to take a 2-1 lead, before Buffalo scored in the last minute of the opening period to make it 2-2.

In the middle frame, Vancouver scored two unanswered goals, to go up 4-2 after two periods.

BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a second period goal against Robin Lehner #40 of the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on February 12, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY – FEBRUARY 12: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a second period goal against Robin Lehner #40 of the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on February 12, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

In the final period, neither team would score and the Canucks would get their 25th win of the season.

Canucks evened up their road trip at 2-2-0 with two games remaining.

Vancouver continues their road trip with visits to Pittsburgh (Feb. 14) and St. Louis (Feb. 16).

The game this evening marked the end of the Canucks’ 12th of 16 back-to-back series this season. They are 9-14-1 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 win against the Sabres left Vancouver 4 points behind Los Angeles and 6 points behind Nashville, for the two wild card playoff spots in the Western conference.

The Canucks entered the game with points in 13 in their last 20 games, with a record since Dec 28th of 10-7-3, tied for 13th best in the NHL, with an NHL 4th best 2.40 GAA, and 6th best FOW% at 52.4 percent.

Game Review

Vancouver and Buffalo tied 2-2 after first period. Buffalo opened the scoring at 4:58 on a goal by Tyler Ennis (4), assisted by Evan Rodrigues (1).

Canucks made it 1-1 on the power play when Bo Horvat, with his 17th goal of the season scored, assisted by Ben Hutton (10) and Markus Granlund (10), at 9:07. The power play goal was the Canucks 5th in their last 5 consecutive games.

Vancouver would make it 2-1, at 16:37, on a goal by Michael Chaput, his 2nd of the season, assisted by Daniel Sedin (19).

Before the end of the period, Canucks would give up another last minute goal, as Buffalo would even the game at 2-2 at 19:44, on a goal by Kyle Okposo (18), assisted by Rasmus Ristolainen (28) and Ryan O’ Reilly (24).

In the second, two unanswered goals put Canucks up 4-2 after two periods. Vancouver took a 3-2 lead, on a goal by Alex Burrows, his 9th of the season, assisted by Troy Stecher (14) and Bo Horvat (21), at 5:00.

 

Michael Chaput put the Canucks up by two goals at 4-2, with his second goal of the game, 3rd of the season, at 15:33, assisted by Alex Edler (11) and Alex Burrows (11).

In the final period, neither team would score.

Markstrom Gets 10th Win Of Season

BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Evan Rodrigues #71 and Matt Moulson #26 of the Buffalo Sabres look for a rebound from Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on February 12, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY – FEBRUARY 12: Evan Rodrigues #71 and Matt Moulson #26 of the Buffalo Sabres look for a rebound from Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on February 12, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jacob Markstrom made his 22nd start of the season, 13th on the road, winning his 5th road game, stopping 26 of 28 shots.

Markstrom’s season totals stand at 10-10-3, with a 2.56 GAA, and a .914 Sv% and no shutouts, in 22 game starts.

On the road he is, 5-8-1, with a 2.45 GAA, and a .921 Sv%.

Edler, Granlund, Horvat, Burrows, Hutton Extend Point Streaks 

Markus Granlund and Alex Edler extended their point streaks to 4 games each against the Sabres, while Bo Horvatw, Alex Burrows and Ben Hutton extended theirs to 2 games:

ALEXANDER EDLER (1-3=4 pts / 4 Games)
MARKUS GRANLUND (2-2=4 pts / 4 Games)
BO HORVAT (2-2=4 pts / 2 Games)
ALEX BURROWS (2-2=4 pts / 2 Games)
BEN HUTTON (0-2=2 pts / 2 Games)

Vancouver continues to be in 6th place in the Pacific division with the win, with 56 points, 13 points ahead 7th place Arizona, 3 points behind 5th place Calgary; 4 points from 4th place Los Angeles.

Los Angeles and Nashville presently occupy the two wild card playoff positions, with 60 and 62 points respecrively, with Vancouver 4 points the Kings for the final wild card spot in the Western conference.

Vancouver continue their road trip at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night at 4:00 pm PST.

In Brief:

  • Vancouver out shot Buffalo, 31-28
  • Canucks were 1 for 6 on the power play, with 10 shots for
  • Vancouver 3 for 3 on the penalty kill, with 7 shots against
  • Canucks out hit by Buffalo 19-12
  • Vancouver had 13 blocked shots
  • Luca Sbisa and Jayson Megna had 3 hits each
  • Chris Tanev and Troy Stecher had blocked 3 shots each
  • Vancouver were 25 for 54 in faceoffs, for 46 percent
    • Brandon Sutter was 12 for 22, 55 percent; Bo Horvat, 7 for 20, 35 percent
  • Canucks finished with 11 attempted shots blocked, 9 missed shots, led by:
    • Troy Stecher, 4 attempted shots blocked, 1 missed shot
    • Ben Hutton, 3 attempted shots blocked
    • Markus Granlund, 2 attempted shots blocked, 2 missed shots
    • Nikita Tryamkin, 1 attempted shots blocked, 1 missed shot
    • Daniel Sedin, 1 attempted shots blocked
    • Alex Edler, 2 missed shots
  • Michael Chaput and Alex Edler led Canucks with 4 shots each; Reid Boucher, Luca Sbisa, Alex Burrows, Loui Eriksson had 3 shots each
  • Canucks had 6 giveaways
  • Vancouver had 8 takeaways (Jack Skille with 2)
  • Vancouver is 3rd in the League with 16 wins in 1 goal games.
  • Canucksare now, 3-5-2 in their last 10 road games, since Jan 1
  • Vancouver is 7-3-1 in their last 11 games against Buffalo (4-2-0 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

#25Markstrom
#30Miller

Scratched: #55 Alex Biega, #63 Philip Larsen

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…

 

 

 

Vancouver Takes Over Second Playoff Wild Card Spot In Western Conference With 3-2 Win Over Colorado

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 25: Nikita Tryamkin #88 of the Vancouver Canucks checks Andreas Martinsen #27 of the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on January 25, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The Canucks defeated the Avalanche 3-2. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – JANUARY 25: Nikita Tryamkin #88 of the Vancouver Canucks checks Andreas Martinsen #27 of the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on January 25, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The Canucks defeated the Avalanche 3-2. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

Jan 25, 2017

Vancouver (23-20-6=52 pts) played the second of a three game road trip tonight against the Colorado Avalanche (13-31-2=28 pts) at Pepsi Center.

The Canucks took on the Avalanche in their third and final meeting this season, looking for their 6th road win, while Colorado was looking for its 6th home win of the season.

Canucks Win 3-2

Vancouver scored the first two goals of the game, then Colorado came back with two unanswered to even the game at 2-2, but the Canucks on the power play, with Sven Baertschi’s second goal of the game, in the final frame, would prove to be the winning goal, as the Canucks squeaked by the home team Avalanche 3-2.

The win gives the Canucks points in 15 of their last 19 games (11-4-4), since Dec 14.

Tonight also marked the start of the Canucks’ 11th of 16 back-to-back series this season. They are now 8-12-1 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 win against the Avalanche leapfrogged Vancouver past Calgary and into sole possession of the second and last wild card playoff spot, behind St. Louis, in the Western conference.

The Canucks entered the game with points in 11 in their last 13 games, with a record since Dec 28th of 8-2-3, tied for 3rd best in the NHL, with an NHL 2nd best 1.92 GAA, and 3rd best FOW% at 53.4 percent.

Game Review

Vancouver led 1-0 after the first period, on a goal by Sven Baertschi, his 12th of the season, assisted by Bo Horvat (18) and Luca Sbisa (10), at 6:55, to make it 1-0.

 

Canucks out shot the Avalanche 20-9; Alex Burrows and Alex Edler had 4 shots each to lead the Canucks in the opening period, and Henrik Sedin was 5 for 7 in faceoffs, for 71 percent.

In the second, Vancouver doubled their lead to 2-0 on a goal by Markus Granlund, his 12th of the season, unassisted at 7:04. The Avalanche would finally get on the scoreboard at 16:28, cutting the Vancouver lead in half at 2-1, on a goal by Mikko Rantanen (7), assisted by Nathan MacKinnon (22) and Nikita Zadorov (9).

 

In the final period, Colorado tied the game at 2-2, with their second unanswered goal, by Matt Nieto (2) at 6:18, assisted by Gabriel Landeskog (8) and Matt Duchene (14).

The Canucks would finally answer back, on the power play, with the second goal of the game by Sven Baertschi, his 13th, assisted by Henrik Sedin (21) and Daniel Sedin (16), at 11:46, to give Vancouver a 3-2 lead, and proved to be the winning goal.

Vancouver hung on for their 6th road victory, a 3-2 win.

Markstrom Earns His 4th Road Win Of Season

Markstrom made his 20th start of the season, 11th on the road, and earned his 4th road victory, stopping 30 of 32 shots.

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Markstrom’s season totals now stand at 9-9-3, with a 2.56 GAA, and a .913 Sv% and no shutouts, in 20 game starts.

On the road he is now, 4-7-1, with a 2.43 GAA, and a .922 Sv%.

Henrik Sedin Extends Points Streak, Bo Horvat Extends Goal Streak 

Henrik Sedin, extended his points streak with an assist against the Avalanche to 6 games (2-4=6 pts / 6 games)

Bo Horvat extended his goal streak to two games with his goal tonight (2-0=2 pts / 2 games).

Vancouver moves into 4th place in the Pacific division with the win, with 52 points, a point ahead 5th place Calgary, 10 points behind 3rd place Edmonton; 2 points ahead of 6th place Los Angeles; and 16 points ahead of 7th, and last place, Arizona.

The St Louis Blues and Vancouver presently occupy the two wild card playoff positions, with Vancouver a single point behind the Blues.

Vancouver complete their road trip at Arizona tomorrow night.

In Brief:

  • Colorado out shot by Vancouver, 41-32
  • Canucks were 1 for 2 on the power play, with 1 shot for
  • Vancouver 2 for 2 on the penalty kill, with 1 shot against, 2 shots for
  • Canucks out hit by Colorado 17-14
  • Vancouver had 8 blocked shots
  • Alex Biega and Troy Stecher had 3 hits each; Alex Edler and Nikita Tryamkin had 2 hits
  • Chris Tanev finished with 2 blocked shots to lead the Canucks
  • Vancouver were 28 for 64 in faceoffs, for 44 percent
    • Brandon Sutter was 10 for 18, 56 percent; Bo Horvat, 7 for 17, 41 percent; Henrik Sedin, 10 for 19, 53 percent; Michael Chaput, 1 for 9, 11 percent
  • Canucks finished with 12 attempted shots blocked, 5 missed shots, led by:
    • Luca Sbisa, 3 attempted shots blocked
    • Loui Eriksson, 3 attempted shots blocked
    • Troy Stecher, 3 attempted shot blocked
    • Markus Granlund, 1 attempted shot blocked, 1 missed shot
    • Alex Burrows, 1 attempted shot blocked
    • Alex Edler, 1 attempted shot blocked
    • Jack Skille, 2 missed shot
    • Nikita Tryamkin, 1 missed shot
    • Brandon Sutter, 1 missed shot
  • Alex Edler and Loui Eriksson led Canucks with 5 shots each; Alex Burrows 4 shots; Jack Skille, Henrik Sedin, Michael Chaput, Sven Baertschi, and Alex Biega had 3 shots
  • Canucks had 2 giveaways
  • Vancouver had 6 takeaways (Bo Horvat with 2)
  • The Canucks have opened the scoring 17 times this season and are 11-4-3 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 3rd in the League with 16 wins in 1 goal games.
  • Canucksare now, 2-3-2 in their last 7 road games
  • Vancouver is 7-4-0 in their last 11 games against Colorado (5-1-0 in their last 6 games).
  • CURRENT INJURIES
    • Derek Dorsett; 30 games missed
    • Philip Larsen; 22 games missed
    • Erik Gudbranson; 18 games missed
    • Jannik Hansen; 14 games missed
    • Ben Hutton; 7 games missed
    • Anton Rodin; 3 games missed
  • TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 216

Canucks Lineup:

#22D. Sedin-#33H.Sedin-#21Ericksson
#60Granlund-#20Sutter-#46Megna
#47Baertschi-#53Horvat-#14Burrows
#50Gaunce-#45Chaput-#9Skille

#23Edler-#51Stecher
#5Sbisa-#8Tanev
#88Tryamkin-#55Biega

#30Miller
#25Markstrom

Scratched: #24 Reid Boucher, #63 Philip Larsen#67 Jordan Subban

They Said It…

 

 

 

 

Vancouver Suffers 14th Road Loss Of Season, 4-2 To Chicago

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 22: Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Christopher Tanev #8 of the Vancouver Canucks wait in position in front of goalie Ryan Miller #30 in the first period at the United Center on January 22, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 22: Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Christopher Tanev #8 of the Vancouver Canucks wait in position in front of goalie Ryan Miller #30 in the first period at the United Center on January 22, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

andrewchernoff 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.

Game Review

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.

 

 

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).

In Brief:

  • 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).

Canucks Lineup:

#22D. Sedin-#33H.Sedin-#21Ericksson
#60Granlund-#20Sutter-#46Megna
#47Baertschi-#53Horvat-#14Burrows
#50Gaunce-#45Chaput-#9Skille

#23Edler-#51Stecher
#5Sbisa-#8Tanev
#88Tryamkin-#55Biega

#30Miller
#25Markstrom

Scratched: #24 Reid Boucher, #63 Philip Larsen#67 Jordan Subban