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Game #69 Vancouver Canucks (28-32-9) @Vegas Golden Knights (38-26-5) – game recap

After a disastrous game against Vegas golden knights week ago, the Canucks were looking  to get back on track it have a much better effort. Jake Vitanen made made his return to the lineup tonight after missing three weeks with broken ribs. Jacob Markstrom started in goal tonight. This might have been the last game without Quinn Hughes as his Michigan State hockey team was eliminated tonight from the playoffs. Will Lockwood may also join him in Vancouver. Could the Canucks give Hughes and Lockwood a good impression with a strong effort tonight? Here is tonight’s game recap.

Game highlights:

  • The Golden Knights opening the scoring 92 seconds into the game as Mark Stone scored his first gold in a golden knights uniform backhanding a rebound past Jacob Markstrom.
  • Just under three and a half minutes later, the golden knights doubled lead as the puck deflected in off Alex Touch.
  • Three and a half minutes after that Cody Eakin whacked home a rebound to make it a three-goal lead.
  • The Canucks got one back just over 90 seconds later as Brock Boeser tipped home a point shot by Alex Biega.
  • Just under a minute later, Tomas Nosek tipped one up and over the glove of Markstrom
  • Just under two and a half minutes after that, Paul Stastny cut to the middle and snapped one through Markstrom, who was then pulled from the game
  • The Canucks got one back 3:52 into the 2nd period as Bo Horvat snapped one under the arm of Marc-Andre Fleury
  • A minute later, Nate Schmidt snapped one through a crowd of players. Thatcher Demko had no chance on the play.
  • Jacob Markstrom stopped 11 of 16 shots
  • Thatcher Demko stopped 16 of 17 shots
  • final score: Golden Knights 6 Canucks 2

my take:

  • This one was over after the 1st period. The Golden Knights jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the game was even ten minutes old. Markstrom was pulled for the first time this season after 5 pucks got by him in the game’s first fourteen minutes. Marky was far from the one to blame in this one. The defense was atrocious, especially right around the crease. I only hope Quinn Hughes does not see this game
  • Thatcher Demko was one of the few bright spots tonight, stopping 116 of the 17 shots he faced. Demko should get more playing time down the stretch.
  • The Canucks are not mathematically eliminated just yet, but will all but certainly be by the time they play the NY Rangers on Wednesday
  • The Canucks won 49% of the faceoffs, led by Brock Boeser (maybe he should be a permanent center), who won 67% of the draws he took. Bo Horvat (63% success rate) and Tyler Motte (50% success rate) also had good nights in the faceoff circle.
  • The Canucks outhit the Golden Knights 34-15, led by Alex Edler, Luke Schenn, and Jake Vitrtanen, who all had 5 hits tonight
  • The Canucks had 18 blocked shots tonight, led by Bo Horvat, who had 4 blocked shots
  • Up next, the Canucks take on the NY Rangers for the last time this season. They were edged 2-1 back on November 12th. One or both of Quinn Hughes and Will Lockwood may make their NHL debut in this one.
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