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Game #19 Calgary Flames (8-6-1) @ Vancouver Canucks (7-11-1) – game recap

After snapping a 6-game losing streak with a complete 60 minute effort, the Canucks were looking to keep it rolling as they continue their 4 game series against the Flames. The Maple Leafs added some depth at forward today, trading for Alex Galchenyuk, meaning the Canucks need to be more on top of their game their ever. Same line up as last night. Thatcher Demko got his third straight start in net. Could the Canucks make it two wins in a a row against their south Albertan rivals? Here is tonight’s game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Canucks opened the scoring just under 4 minutes into the game as Tanner Pearson tipped a Quinn Hughes howitzer past Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom for a PP marker
  • Almost 11 minutes later, Bo Horvat completed a tic-tac-goal play for a PP marker
  • Just under 5 minutes later, Milan Lucic ripped a one-timer past Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko
  • The Flames tied the game just over 10 and a half  minutes into the 2nd period off yet another horrible turnover, which led to an odd-man rush the other way. Elias Lindholm calmly whipped it home blocker side on Demko
  • Almost five minutes later, Nate Schmidt had a huge miscommunication with Demko behind the Canucks net and Demko wound up knocking it in his own net as he scrambled back
  • The Canucks tied the game with 31 seconds left in the game as Brock Boeser snapped one off the post and in for a SH marker
  • The Flames won it 23 seconds into OT as Johnny Gaudreau wired it home for a PP marker. The winning goal survived a challenge for offside by the Canucks
  • Thatcher Demko stopped 23/27 shots
  • Final score:  Flames 4 Canucks 3 (OT Loss)

My Take:

  • Turnovers and a late penalty cost the Canucks in this one. The Canucks played a decent game, but nullified the effort by going back and trying to force passes across the ice, missed coverage (Virtanen on the 1st Flames goal). If Braden Holtby was between the pipes tonight, he for sure would have melted Nate Schmidt with a death stare and had a few choice words in the locker room at the intermission or maybe the bench at the next TV timeout. The Canucks can’t blame this one on too many games/not enough practice time. They’ve been home for a week and have had a couple of practices this week.
  • Thatcher Demko was solid again, but he’ll definitely want the 3rd Flames goal back. He may sit Thursday, but not for poor play, but rather to get Braden Holtby some game action.
  • Oh Jake Virtanen, an opportunity fell into your lap with the injury to Justin Bailey and you did not take advantage of it. Instead, you didn’t cover Milan Lucic on the first Flames goal and you missed on a golden opportunity to score. Not to mention, you took a penalty for roughing.
  • Olli Joulevi continues to play solid hockey. He blocked three shots and delivered a hit tonight
  • Matthew Tkachuk was a thorn in the Canucks side, acting the agitator and getting the Canucks to take some unnecessary penalties. Honestly, Tkachuk is a bit like ex-Canuck Alex Burrows – you love him on your team, but hate his guts when he’s playing against you.
  • The Canucks won 61% of the draws, led by Loui Eriksson, who won every draw he took. Bo Horvat (71% success rate), Brandon Sutter (64% success rate), JT Miller (50% success rate), Elias Pettersson (50% success rate),  Jay Beagle (50% success rate) and Adam Gaudette (50% success rate) also had good nights in the faceoff circle
  • The Canucks banged out 15 hits, led by Antoine Roussel, who banged out 4 hits tonight
  • The Canucks blocked 16 shots, led by Nate Schmidt, who blocked 6 shots tonight
  • Up next, the Canucks and Flames travel to Calgary to wrap up the mini series. There will definitely be lineup changes due to poor play of a player or two.
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