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Game #9 Vancouver Canucks (6-3) @ Detroit Red Wings (3-6) – game recap.

Tonight, the Canucks wrapped up a 4-game road trip with their only stop in the Motor City. The Canucks won two of the first three games on their first eastern road swing. Tonight, the Canucks faced off against a Red Wings team that they defeated a week ago in Vancouver on the strength of 3 PP markers.. One major change to the lineup saw the struggling Michael Ferland demoted to the 3rd line with Jake Virtanen skating on the 2nd line alongside Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson. All other lines were kept the same and the defensive pairings remained as they have been since opening night. It’ll likely take an injury for Ashton Sautner, currently filling in for the ill Oscar Fantenberg, to crack the lineup. Jacob Markstrom got the start after his outstanding 38 save gem just over 48 hours prior in NY. Could the Canucks wrap up the road trip with a win and make it two wins in a row? Here is tonight’s game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Red Wings opened the scoring just over 16 minutes into the game as Anthony Mantha hammered a one-timer by Jacob Markstrom for a PP marker
  • The Red Wings added a goal just over 9 minutes into the 3rd period after the Canucks gave Dennis Cholowski enough time and space to drive an RV through. He snapped it short-side on Markstrom
  • The Canucks got one back almost 2 minutes into the 3rd period as Bo Horvat jammed one home in a goalmouth scramble
  • Ninety-one seconds later, Horvat tipped home a point shot by Quinn Hughes
  • Just over 9 minutes later, Jake Virtanen ripped a shot that deflected in off Red Wings defender Phillip Hronek
  • Just over 2 minutes after that, Jake Virtanen snapped a shot from the faceoff circle past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard
  • The Canucks added an empty netter with just under two minutes left, with Horvat flinging it into the yawning cage from the Canucks end
  • Jacob Markstrom stopped 31 of 33 shots
  • Final score: Canucks 5 Red Wings 2

My take:

  • The Canucks won this one on a  superb third period comeback where they scored five straight goals. Three of the goals were scored by captain Bo Horvat, who was one of the Canucks best players tonight
  • Jacob Markstrom had another strong performance in net, stopping 31 of 33 shots and could not be faulted on either goal (perfect shot on the first goal and really poor defensive coverage on the 2nd goal). Goaltending has been a strength for the Canucks this season
  • When Shotgun Jake and Tim Schaller score, you know there’s a good chance the Canucks win
  • JT Miller, arguably the Canucks best off-season move thus far, added two more assists. He and Elias Pettersson, who also had a pair of assists, are tied for the team lead in scoring @ 10 points
  • The Canucks won 53% of the faceoffs, led by Tyler Motte, who won every draw he took. Horvat (65% success rate), Jay Beagle (54% success rate) and Brandon Sutter (50% success rate) also had good nights in the faceoff circle
  • The Canucks outhit the Red Wings 17-16, led by Alex Edler, Motte and Michael Ferland, who each had 3 hits
  • The Canucks blocked 13 shots, led by Edler, who had 4 blocked shots
  • Up next, the Canucks head home to start a brief 2-game home stand, starting Friday against the Washington Capitals. It could be the second-last time Alex Ovechkin plays at Rogers Arena as he could decide to go back to Russia after his contract ends at the end of next season. The Capitals are currently leading the Metropolitan division. It should be a goods test for the Canucks.
2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Mona French

    October 23, 2019 at 4:18 am

    I missed the game but glad to hear our boys won the game…love my Canucks…GCG

    • Tina Poole

      November 12, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      Go Canucks go

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