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Game #13 Vancouver Canucks (8-3-1) @ Anaheim Ducks (9-6) – game recap

After finishing off the month of October with a solid come from behind win over the LA Kings two nights ago, the Canucks were looking to start the month of November with a victory over the Anaheim Ducks. The Canucks had a strong start to the season, finishing the first month of play with an 8-3-1 and finished the month on an 8-1-1 run and a 2 game winning streak. Tonight, the Canucks welcomed back Sven Baertschi to the team (he was recalled after Michael Ferland suffered a concussion in a fight Wednesday. Ferland was sent back to Vancouver and likely won’t play for at least a week.) Baertschi was not in the lineup tonight. Adam Gaudette took Ferland’s spot on the wing. The defensive pairings remained the same as they have been since opening night. Jacob Markstrom got the start in goal. Could the Canucks make it three in a row and start November victorious? Here is tonight’s game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Ducks opened the scoring thirteen and a half minutes into the game as Jakob Silfverberg roofed a puck over Jacob Markstrom from in tight for a short-handed marker
  • The Canucks tied the game just over thirteen and a half minutes into the 3rd period as Adam Gaudette banked one in off a Ducks defender
  • The Ducks won it two and a half minutes in overtime as Ryan Getzlaf lifted the puck over a hard charging Markstrom
  • Jacob Markstrom stopped  27 of 29 shots
  • Final score: Ducks 2 Canucks 1 (OT loss)

My Take:

  • Jacob Markstrom was rock solid except for a costly error on the game winning goal where he came charging out of his net to try and beat Ryan Getzlaf to the puck. Markstrom lost the race and Getzlaf had a fairly easy goal
  • The Canucks got a bit of a break on the injury front. Quinn Hughes left the game early after appearing to twist his ankle in a rut on the ice. If he can’t go tomorrow, Ashton Sautner will likely be the one to draw into the lineup The Canucks have used the same six defenseman since opening night
  • JT Miller may have had his worst game as a Canuck. He was on the ice for both Ducks goals and won only a third of the faceoffs he took
  • Speaking of faceoffs, the Canucks won 48% of the draws led by Elias Pettersson, who won every draw he took. Bo Horvat (64% success rate), Adam Gaudette and Jay Beagle (both had 50% success rates) also had good nights in the faceoff circle
  • The Canucks were 0-5 on the PP, which was largely ineffective and fell back into the habits that make it predictable and easy to defend (being too stationary, taking their time bringing the puck up the ice after a clear and using the drop pass). The power play gave up a shorthanded goal on some sloppy play in their own end
  • The Canucks had 12 hits, led by Beagle, Miller and Tim Schaller, who had a pair of hits each
  • The Canucks blocked 17 shots, led by Alex Edler and Chris Tanev, who both blocked 5 shots
  • Up next, the Canucks have a quick turnaround, playing tomorrow night in San Jose. Expect Thatcher Demko to get the start in net and Sven Baertschi to draw into the lineup
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