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Game #44 Vancouver Canucks (23-17-4) @ Florida Panthers (23-16-5) – game recap

After a 9-2 shellacking at the hand of the surging Tampa Bay Lightning, who now have eight straight wins, the Canucks look to get back on track against the other team from Florida. The Canucks beat the Panthers soundly 7-2 at Roger’s Arena back on October 28th. The game then included 2 goalie changes by the Panthers. Sam Montembeault was yanked after allowing 3 goals in the game’s first seven minutes, but was back between the pipes to start the second period. At practice yesterday, the Canucks swapped Adam Gaudette and the struggling Brock Boeser on the PP units. Jake Virtanen was doing line rushes with JT Miller and Elias Pettersson, while Boeser skated alongside Gaudette and Antoine Roussel. Jordie Benn was back in the lineup with Oscar Fantenberg taking a seat in the press box. Thatcher Demko got the start in net. Could the Canucks split Florida to start the road trip? Here is tonight’s game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Panthers opened the scoring a minute into the game as Noel Acciari picked off a Quinn Hughes pass attempt and snapped it past Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko
  • Two minutes later, an untouched Mark Pysyk ripped a one-timer by Demko. Elias Pettersson was lax on the back check
  • The Canucks got one back just under 4 minutes later as Brock Boeser tipped home a Tyler Myers point shot
  • Just over twelve minutes later, Evgenii Dadonov raced in alone and beat Demko blocker side after a bad pinch by Troy Stetcher
  • The Panthers added a goal just over three and a half minutes into the 2nd period as Mike Hoffman cracked a one-timer past Demko for a PP marker
  • The Panthers added a goal almost seven minutes into the 3rd as Acciari redirected a shot going wide past Demko
  • Just over five minutes later, the Canucks got one back as Tyler Motte finished off a give and go with Jay Beagle
  • Thatcher Demko stopped 44/49 shots
  • Final score: Panthers 5 Canucks 2

My Take:

  • It was another r ough game where the opposition outplayed the Canucks. Tonight, after a decent first ten minutes, Thatcher Demko allowed the first two shots he faced to beat him. The Canucks were outshot in all three periods, especially in a rough 2nd period that saw the Panthers fire 20 shots to the Canucks 8. In all, Demko stopped 44 shots of the 49 that got through to him
  • Discipline was another problem. The Canucks took 5 penalties tonight, including three by JT Miller, including one late in the 3rd for abuse of the official.
  • On the injury front, Brock Boeser missed the final eight minutes of the game with an undisclosed injury. Travis Green said the lack of ice time was not by design
  • The Canucks won 44% of the faceoffs, led by Tanner Pearson, who won every draw he took. JT Miller (57% success rate) and Jay Beagle (50% success rate) also had good nights in the faceoff circle
  • The Canucks outhit the Panthers 24-20, led by Tyler Motte and Miller, who both had 4 hits
  • The Canucks blocked 18 shots, led by Tyler Myers, who had 4 blocked shots
  • Up next, the Canucks head to Buffalo for a Saturday matinee with their expansion cousins, the Sabres. Jacob Markstrom is expected to be back between the pipes along with potentially a change or two more, depending on the status of Boeser and coaching decisions.
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