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Game #11 Florida Panthers (5-3-4) @ Vancouver Canucks (7-3-1) – game recap

After a tough shootout loss where the Canucks got burned for sitting on a 3 goal lead, the Canucks were back at it tonight wrapping up a brief two game home stand against the Florida Panthers. This game was significant for a couple of reasons. First, it was the first time Elias Pettersson faced the Florida Panthers since this hit. Second, it was the first time Roberto Luongo was not in uniform after retiring after last season. Loui Eriksson finally got another chance to play after being a healthy scratch for the past 9 games after he was lackadaisical getting back on the GWG on opening night in Edmonton. Adam Gaudette was a healthy scratch after getting recalled due to the cross-country flight and lack of practice time. The defensive pairings remained the same. Thatcher Demko got the start in goal. Could the Canucks end the home stand with a win? Here is tonight’s game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Canucks opened the scoring just over a minute into the game as Brandon Sutter snapped a shot into the top corner on Panthers goalie Sam Montembeault
  • Just over three minutes later, Tim Schaller found a loose puck at the side of the net and slid it under Montenbault’s pads
  • Just under 2 minutes later, Jake Virtanen jammed home a rebound
  • Just under two minutes later, the Panthers got one back as Brian Boyle snapped a wrister from the faceoff circle past Thatcher Demko
  • Eighty-six seconds later, JT Miller sapped a shot top corner on Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovski
  • Nine and a half minutes later, Josh Leivo whacked a centering feed by Michael Ferland past Bobrovski
  • The Panthers got one back just under 13 minutes into the second period as Mike Hoffman unleashed a howitzer for a PP goal
  • Just under six and a half minutes later, the Canucks added a goal as Miller tipped home a point shot by Alex Edler
  • The Canucks added a goal just under thirteen and a half minutes into the 3rd period on some heads up skating by Brock Boeser, who snapped it top corner
  • Thatcher Demko stopped 29/31 shots
  • Final score: Canucks 7 Panthers 2

My Take:

  • Like Friday against Washington, the Canucks jumped out to a 5-1 lead (after one period this time). Unlike Friday, the Canucks kept their foot on the gas and even added two more goals over the final 2 periods
  • I found it interesting that the Panthers pulled goalie Sam Montembeault after the 3rd goal and then put him back in the game to start the 2nd period. I suppose the team wanted to give Sergei Bobrovski most of the night off, considering they were playing their 3rd games in 4 nights.
  • Tyler Myers might have had his best game as a Canuck (he was +4, had a shot on goal, 2 hits, a blocked shot and a forced turnover).
  • Every Canucks forward had at least one point
  • Loui Eriksson has earned another start in the lineup. He manufactured Schaller’s goal and forced 2 turnovers
  • The Canucks won 54% of the draws, led by Jay Beagle, who won 73% of the draws he took. JT Miller (60% success rate) and Bo Horvat (55% success rate) also had good nights in the faceoff circle
  • The Canucks outhit the Panthers 17-16, led by Michael Ferland and Troy Stetcher, who both had 3 hits
  • The Canucks blocked 16 shots, led by Chris Tanev, who blocked 3 shots
  • Up next, the Canucks head to California for their 1st Western road trip of the season. They will face the LA Kings team they routed 8-2 in the home opener on Wednesday.
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