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Game #8 Vancouver Canucks (5-3) @ New York Rangers (2-4) – game recap

After a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to the NJ Devils where Jack Hughes scored his first career goal against his older brother Quinn’s team, the Canucks were right back at it with the second matinee in as many days. As expected, Jacob Markstrom got the start in net after missing a week on a personal leave. The Canucks split the season series with the Rangers last season with the home team winning both games. Could the Canucks get back on track with a win? Here is today’s game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Canucks opened the scoring just over 6 minutes into the game as Bo Horvat wired a wrister by Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist for a PP goal
  • Just over seven and a half minutes later Brock Boeser snapped one over Lundqvist’s glove
  • Almost two and a half minutes later, Jay Beagles raced down the wing and fired on over the glove of Lundqvist
  • The Rangers got one back with just over five minutes left in the second period as Jesper Fast tipped home a point shot by Jacob Trouba
  • The Rangers got one back five and a half minutes into the 3rd period on a one-timer by Artemi Panarin
  • Jacob Markstrom stopped 38/40 shots
  • Final score: Canucks 3 Rangers 2

My take:

  • The Canucks jumped out to a 3-goal lead with a PP goal, an even strength goal and a shorthanded marker. By the end of the 2nd period they had a new season-high with 37 shots on goal
  • Thank goodness Jacob Markstrom was on his game because the Canucks were under siege for the 3rd period getting outshot 17-6. Actually Markstrom was excellent the whole game and neither goal against was his fault
  • The power play continued to generate chances, firing 9 shots on the 3 PP opportunities today. They opened the scoring on the PP.
  • Players such as Tim Schaller were way overstaying their shifts (Schaller had one shift that lasted over two and a half minutes. Hockey is an anaerobic game that is best played when shifts are under a minute. If you have to clear the puck over the glass for a penalty, do it. Also, benching Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson in a tight game in an effort to defend isn’t the best approach.
  • The Canucks won 67% of the faceoffs, led by Jay Beagle, who won 78% of his draws. Elias Pettersson (75% success rate), Bo Horvat (75% success rate), Brandon Sutter (55% success rate) and JT Miller (50% success rate) also had good nights in the faceoff circle.
  • The Canucks had 22 hits, led by Michael Ferland, who had 4 hits
  • The Canucks blocked 13 Rangers shots, led by Bo Horvat and Alex Edler who blocked a pair of shots each
  • Up next, the Canucks wrap up the rod trip with a rematch against the Red Wings team they beat 5-1 a week ago at Roger’s Arena. Hopefully the power play can equal the success it had last week when it connected three times vs. the Red Wings
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