After a tough 5-2 loss in Chicago last night, the Canucks were looking to split the road trip with a victory in Winnipeg. Sven Baertschi made his season debut in place of Adam Gaudette, who played just over seven minutes last night. Chris Tanev was back in the lineup after leaving last night’s game early due to an upper body injury. As expected, Thatcher Demko got the start in goal after Jacob Markstrom got the nod last night. With both goalies playing well, there should be no hesitation using either goalie and not just in a back-to-back situation. Could the Canucks win in Winnipeg for the first time since March 12, 2014 and the first time period since December 20, 2016? Here is tonight’s game recap.
- The Canucks opened the scoring as JT Miller tipped home a Sedin special slap pass by Troy Stetcher
- Five minutes later, Jack Roslovic was johnny on the spot to put home his own rebound for a PP marker
- Five minuter after that, Mark Scheifele was johnny on the spot to grab a rebound and beat Demko with a backhand-forehand deke
- Connor Hellebuyck made an outstanding desperation save on Bo Horvat in tight
- Seconds after that Kyle Connor beat Demko after stripping the puck from Tyler Myers at the Jets blueline, sprinting in on Demko and beating him blocker side as Demko was trying to retreat
- The Jets added an empty-netter with just under 2 minutes left as Adam Lowry tapped the puck in
- Thatcher Demko stopped 31/34 shots
- Final score: Jets 4 Canucks 1
- And Winnipeg continues to be the Canucks house of horrors. For the seventh straight game, the Canucks lost at the MTS Center. After the Canucks opened the scoring, it was all Jets as they scored 4 consecutive goals over the game’s last 30 minutes. Tonight, it was defensive breakdowns, and a horrible back-breaking giveaway by Tyler Myers that snatched victory from the Canucks. Also, Connor Hellebuyck made a key save with the Jets up by one, robbing Bo Horvat with a desperation save. The Jets would score on the ensuing faceoff.
- Thatcher Demko did his part, although he might have wanted a couple of rebounds back. He also got lucky in the 3rd period when he tried to slide the puck to himself, only to have it go between his legs and out the other side. Luckily a Canuck was in the vicinity to take care of the loose puck
- Both the Canucks and Jets got injury scares tonight. Nikolaj Ehlers went heavily into the end boards back first shortly after the puck was dropped to start the game. He remained in the game after catching his breath. Chris Tanev was left hobbling for the second straight game, blocking a shot. He too was able to return after walking it off in the dressing room hallway
- I thought Sven Baertschi had a solid game. He had an even +/- rating, took a bit of a bad penalty, hauling down a Jets defender in the offensive zone. He also had 2 shots on goal and a pair of hits. I saw no hesitation in the corners (that was the reason given for cutting him). Baertschi should stay in the lineup. Loui Eriksson should come out. He did not play in the 3rd period.
- The Canucks won 53% of the faceoffs, led by Brock Boeser, who won every draw he took. JT Miller (83% success rate) and Brandon Sutter (69% success rate) also had good nights in the faceoff circle
- The Canucks had 13 hits, led by Boeser, who had 3 hits
- The Canucks blocked 16 shots, led by Chris Tanev, who blocked 4 shots
- Up next, the Canucks return home to begin a four-game week-long homestand. On Sunday, they’ll get another shot at solving Mackenzie Blackwood, who shut the Canucks out in NJ a couple of weeks ago. Quinn Hughes will try to prevent his brother Jack from scoring on him.