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game #60 Vancouver Canucks (26-27-7) @ San Jose Sharks (35-17-7) – game recap

The Canucks wrapped up the three game California road trip, taking on the San Jose Sharks in a rematch of the disastrous game Monday that saw the Canucks hang prospect goalie Michael Dipietro out to dry. Prior to the game, the Canucks traded Sam Gagner to Edmonton for Ryan Spooner. Luke Schenn was recalled yesterday, but he was a healthy scratch as the Canucks went with the same lineup that beat LA in the shootout, including Jacob Markstrom between the pipes. After tonight, the Canucks have a four day break between games, so hopefully at least one injured body (most likely Thatcher Demko and maybe Alex Edler) will be set to play by Thursday.). Could the Canucks end the road trip victorious? Here is tonight’s game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Sharks opened the scoring 3:45 into the game as Timo Meier rifled home a one-timer on a play eerily similar to the one where he opened the scoring on in Vancouver five days ago.
  • The Canucks responded just under a minute later as Alex Biega found a streaking Antoine Roussel who broke in alone on Sharks goalie Martin Jones and beat him top corner
  • The Sharks took the lead just over 11 minutes into the 2nd period as Logan Couture took the puck wide on Jacob Markstrom and beat him five hole
  • The Canucks tied the game four and a half minutes into the 3rd period as Brock Boeser beat Martin short-side after a beautiful no-look pass from Elias Pettersson
  • Just over eight and a half minutes later, the Sharks took the lead after Alex Biega gave away the puck. Joe Pavelski deposited a rebound past a helpless Markstrom
  • Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 of 26 shots
  • Final score: Sharks 3 Canucks 2

My Take:

  • This one was lost on a brutal giveaway by Alex Biega at a very inopportune time. The Sharks immediately capitalized and the Canuxks could not recover.
  • Jacob Markstrom had another strong night in goal, stopping 23 of 26 shots. He could not be faulted on any of the three goals, although he might have wanted to put the rebound on the last Sharks goal in a better spot.
  • The Canucks had a brutal night in the faceoff circle, winning just 39% of the draws. Jay Beagle was the best of the bunch, winning 58% of the draws he took. Brock Boeser won half the draws he took.
  • The Canucks outhit sharks 20-17, led by Ty;er Motte, who had 4 hits
  • He Canucks blocked 21 shots, led by Bo Horvat who had 4 blocked shots
  • The Canucks missed a huge opportunity to get back in a playoff spot. Now, they must hope the Wild and Coyotes lose the next few days. More than likely, by the time the Canucks play again they will be even further back and potentially closer to dead last in the Western Conference than the 2nd Wild Card spot.
  • Up next, the Canucks take on the aforementioned Arizona Coyotes in a must win game. Hopefully the Canucks will have one or two of the injured bodies back (Denko and Edler are likely to be the 1st to return).
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