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Game #32 Carolina Hurricanes (19-11-2) @ Vancouver Canucks (16-12-4) – game recap

As the Canucks wrapped up another home stand, injuries are piling up once again. Michael Ferland, who left Tuesday’s game in the 2nd period with an upper body injury, and Thatcher Demko, who sustained a concussion in practice yesterday either from running into teammate Loui Eriksson or taking a shot off the mask, were both placed on the IR with Michael Dipietro on his way back from Utica to serve as the backup goalie. Adam Gaudette missed the morning skate with an illness, but played in the game. Brandon Sutter is still not ready and appears to have experienced a setback. Zack MacEwen was back up and playing in Ferland’s spot. Could the Canucks end the home stand with a win? Here is tonight’s game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Canucks won it 40 seconds into overtime as Elias Pettersson deftly stickhandled around a broken Hurricanes stick and backhanded it top corner on Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek
  • Jacob Markstrom stopped all 43 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season and the 4th of his career
  • Final score: Canucks 1 Hurricanes 0 (OT Win)

My Take:

  • For the second straight game, Jacob Markstrom was outstanding. He was square to the shooter, played his position well and got lucky on a couple of shots. The Canucks were under siege most of the night from a hard-working Hurricanes team that kept up the pressure.
  • The Canucks got a scare in the second period when Troy Stetcher was felled blocking a shot. He missed a couple of shifts, but returned for the 3rd period. The Canucks can ill afford to lose any defensemen with Alex Edler already sidelined with a shoulder injury.
  • For the second night in a row, the Canucks lost the battle in the faceoff circle with Carolina winning 55% of the draws. Bo Horvat led the Canucks with a 59% success rate. JT Miller also had a good night in the faceoff circle, winning 50% of the draws he took, including a key draw late in the 3rd period after Jay Beagle got kicked out of the faceoff circle.
  • The Canucks outhit the Hurricanes 15-13, led by Tyler Myers, who had 3 hits
  • The Canucks blocked 13 shots, led by Jordie Benn and Oscar Fantenberg, who both blocked 3 shots
  • Up next, the Canucks hit the road for a 2 games in 2 nights road trip starting in San Jose on Saturday. This is significant because it was the team Michael Dipietro faced in his NHL debut last season. Dipietro allowed 7 goals on 24 shots and looked out of his element at times. He’ll likely play Sunday, but not because of that bad experience, rather Markstrom is hot right now and the Canucks would be wise to keep rolling with him. Also, there is a quick turnaround between games on the weekend and it makes sense to play Markstrom in the Saturday game.
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