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Game #7 Vancouver Canucks (4-3) @ New Jersey Devils (2-4-2) – game recap

After an epic comeback win against the defending Stanley Cup Champs, the Canucks traveled to Garden state for the first battle of the Hughes’ brothers. Jack, who was the 1st overall pick of the 2019 NHL entry draft, took on his elder sibling Quinn, who just turned twenty five days ago. Not surprisingly, the Canucks went with the same lineup that has won five straight games. Thatcher Demko got his third straight start with Jacob Markstrom, back after a brief absence for a personal matter, backing him up. The Devils swept the season series last year, outscoring the Canucks 7-2. The start time for this one being a matinee posed an added challenge (hockey players tend to be creatures of habit and are generally used to 7pm or 7:30 pm start times. Could the Canucks make it five wins in a row? Here is tonight’s game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Devils opened the scoring just over 14 minutes into the game as Jack Hughes smashed a one-timer by Thatcher Demko for his first career goal and a PP marker
  • Thatcher Demko stopped 23 of 24 shots
  • Final score: Devils 1 Canucks 0

My Take:

  • Thatcher Demko was great again for the third straight game. He had absolutely no chance on the only goal he allowed. He made several big saves and did a good job with rebound control
  • The Canucks had plenty of power play options in this one, but could not solve Devils goalie MacKenzie Blackwood, who shut out the Canucks for the second straight season at the Prudential Center in NJ. Canucks fired 9 shots on their 7 PP attempts. Canucks fans will be happy that Quinn Hughes got some time on the first PP unit and he was making things happen, hemming the Devils in their end of the rink for almost a whole 2-minute PP
  • The game turned chippy in the 2nd period when Alex Edler caught Devils forward Blake Coleman. A scuffle between several players on both teams ensued, but cooler heads prevailed after that
  • The Canucks won 66% of the faceoffs, led by Jay Beagle, who won 86% of his draws. Bo Horvat (76% success rate) and JT Miller (70% success rate) also had good nights in the faceoff circle
  • The Canucks edged the Devils in hits 13-12, led by Miller and Tyler Motte, who both had 3 hits
  • The Canucks blocked 17 shots, led by Alex Edler who had three blocked shots
  • Up next, the Canucks head to Manhattan to take on the NY Rangers. The Canucks won’t have far to travel as they have opted to stay in the heart of NY this weekend. Expect Jacob Markstrom to get the start in goal. The Canucks may opt for some other lineup changes after the loss. Adam Gaudette could draw back in the lineup and Loui Eriksson may get another shot too.
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