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Game #22 Vancouver Canucks (10-8-4) @ Dallas Stars (12-8-2) – game recap

After a tough 1-2-1 home stand, the Canucks hit the road on a potentially even tougher road trip featuring teams in a playoff spot virtually every game. The trip started tonight against the red-hot Dallas Stars who are on a 10-1-1 streak, including a 4-2 victory over the Canucks just 5 days ago.  The Canucks have won their last 3 visits to Dallas dating back to February 2018, prior to that they had lost 7 straight there. VAN is 4-2-0 in their last 6 overall meetings vs DAL, prior to that they had just 1 win in 13 meetings. Jay Beagle returned to the lineup after missing the last three games with a lower body injury. Tyler Graovac took a seat in the press box. Jacob Markstrom was back in net. Could the Canucks defeat the red-hot Stars and snap their 2 game losing streak? Here is tonight’s game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • Right off the bat, the Stars had a goal disallowed because they were offside on the play
  • The Stars opened the scoring almost eight minutes into the game on a bad turnover by Loui Eriksson that resulted in a 4-on-2 the other way. Jamie Benn calmly backhanded the puck through Jacob Markstrom’s 5-hole. That’s 15 times in the 22 games Van has coughed up first goal.
  • The Stars added a goal halfway through the 2nd period as Jamie Benn was johnny on the spot to snap a rebound top shelf on Markstrom
  • Eighty-five seconds later, Bo Horvat grabbed a loose puck and hustled up the ice on a partial breakaway beating Stars goalie Ben Bishop short side ]
  • Just over two minutes after that, Taylor Fedun outmuscled Sven Baertschi and buried his own rebound
  • The Stars added a goal just over 3 minutes into the 3rd period as Miro Heiskanen ripped a shot by Markstrom to finish a give and go with Justin Dowling
  • Forty-two seconds later, Dowling jammed a rebound home in a goalmouth scramble
  • Just over five minutes later, Corey Perry got behind the Canucks defense and fired it by Markstrom, who looked shell-shocked
  • Jacob Markstrom stopped 25/31 shots
  • Final score: Stars 6 Canucks 1

My Take:

  • There was no unexpected win against a red-hot team on this night. On February 11, the Canucks came into Dallas and beat the Stars, who at the time were riding a 5-game win streak 6-0. Tonight, the Canucks turned the puck over way too much (10 times, the most blatant being the 2nd Stars goal when Loui Eriksson made a weak clearing attempt).
  • Jacob Markstrom continues yo struggle in November. He gave up 6 goals on 31 shots and will want a few of the goals back. He is now 0-3-2 in the month of November. Who knows how many opportunities he’ll get with the Canucks needing points to keep pace in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference
  • The Canucks were 0-5 on the PP, including a lengthy 5-on-3 where they overpassed and when they took a shot, there was no traffic in front of Bishop. The Stars goalie turned aside all 9 shots the Canucks got through on the PP, and 32 shots overall. Stars defenders blocked a further 15 shots
  • It was a rough night in the faceoff circle, with the Canucks winning just 39% of the draws, led by Brock Boeser and Josh Leivo, who won every draw they took. JT Miller (71% success rate) and Jay Beagle (50% success rate) also had good nights in the faceoff circle
  • The Canucks landed 10 hits, led by Alex Edler, who had a pair of hits
  • The Canucks blocked 14 shots, led by Elias Pettersson, who blocked 3 shots
  • Up next, the Canucks head to Nashville, where they will be looking to beat Nashville for the second time in 9 days. Look for lineup changes, including Thatcher Demko back in net.
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