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Game #6 Vancouver Canucks (4-2) @ St. Louis Blues (3-1-3) – game recap

After a perfect home stand, the Canucks were looking to keep it going and get their 4th straight win and first on the road. Tonight was a stiff test against the defending champs. The Blues are off to a decent start with a 3-1-2 record and were third in the Central division heading into tonight’s tilt. Thatcher Demko was looking to build on a solid 26 save effort last game as he fills in for starter Jacob Markstrom, who is away on personal business and is not expected to rejoin the team until the weekend in NY. Not surprisingly, the Canucks stuck with the same lineup that’s been on fire for the past three games. Expect the Canucks to run with the same group until either a loss occurs or someone is forced out of the lineup due to injury. Could the Canucks win the first statement game of the season and make it five wins in a row? Here is tonight’s game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blues opened the scoring fourteen and a half minutes into the 1st period as Robbi Fabbri was johnny on the spot to knock home a rebound past Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko
  • The Canucks tied the game just under three minutes into the 2nd period as Michael Ferland was johnny on the spot to whack home a rebound past Blues goalie Jordan Binnington
  • Just over 40 seconds later, Vladimir Tarasenko wired a one-timer over the blocker of Demko
  • Just under 40 seconds after that Tarasenko wired a centering feed by Demko
  • Almost 9 minutes later, the Canucks got one back as JT Miller was johnny on the spot to snap home a puck that careened off the post and directly to him in the slot
  • The Canucks tied the game just over 12 minutes into the 3rd period on a goalmouth scramble that Bo Horvat managed to knock home the puck over Blues defender Colton Parayko, who was lying in the net desperately trying to keep the puck out
  • Thatcher Demko stopped 40 of 43 shots, including all 6 in the shootout
  • Final score: Canucks 4 Blues 3 (shootout win)

My Take:

  • Thatcher Demko had a couple of goals he might want back, especially the two scored less than a minute apart right after the Canucks had knotted the game at one. However, he came up with some big saves to keep the Canucks in it and he matched Jordan Binnington save for save through six rounds in the shootout before Josh Leivo beat Binnington in the 6th round with a sick forehand deke. Jacob Markstrom can take his time with whatever personal issue he is dealing with because all is right between the pipes with Demko.
  • Bo Horvat showed exactly why he was named the captain of the Canucks on opening night a week ago. He scored the game-tying off a goalmouth scramble, did everything in his power to help the Canucks maintain possession in an overtime period that was dominated by the Canucks for 4 of the 5 minutes. I also loved the way he was staying on the ice to congratulate all his teammates, especially Demko at the end
  • Tim Schaller was stapled to the bench after being on the ice for two straight Blues goals. It could pave the way for Loui Eriksson to return to the lineup.
  • The Canucks won 53% of the faceoffs, led by Elias Pettersson and Michael Ferland, who both won every draw they took. Bo Horvat (64% success rate), JT Miller (60% success rate), and Jay Beagle (50% success rate) also had good nights in the faceoff circle)
  • The Canucks outhit the Blues 15-11, led by Tyler Motte, who banged out 4 hits.
  • The Canucks blocked 11 shots, led by Jordie Benn and Chris Tanev, who both blocked a pair of shots
  • Up next, the Canucks head to NJ where it will be a battle of the Hughes’ brothers. Quinn currently has a three point lead over Jack for rookie scoring. The Devils snapped their winless skid with a 5-2 victory over the NY Rangers tonight. Demko should get his 3rd straight start in goal — he’s earned it.
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