The Canucks an Kings entertained the fans in Salt Lake, Utah tonight. Every year, the NHL plays preseason games in non-NHL cities to test the markets and also give fans in those cities that don’t normally get to see NHL hockey a chance to see a game. Landon Ferraro was released from his PTO. More cuts will probably come after tonight’s game with one or both of tonight’s goalies, Zane McIntyre and Richard Bachman being sent to Utica. Brock Boeser made his preseason debut playing alongside Elias Pettersson and Josh Leivo, a line that played together in the latter part of last season. Veterans Alex Edler, Chris Tanev and Tyler Myers made the trip to Salt Lake and Quinn Hughes was back in the lineup after missing a game with a minor injury. Jake Virtanen and Nikolay Goldobin, who have the most to prove this season were both in the lineup tonight. Adam Gaudette, who may start the year in Utica since he doesn’t require waivers, and Brandon Sutter, looking to finally be healthy this season, were two of the centers tonight. Could the Canucks make it 4 wins in 5 games? Here is tonight’s game recap.
- The Kings opened the scoring just under three and a half minutes into the game as Jaret Anderson-Dolan jammed a puck home in a goalmouth scramble
- Almost 4 minutes later, Adam Gaudette tipped home an Alex Edler point shot for a power play marker
- Just over 3 minutes later, Tyler Graovac stole the puck at the Canucks blueline, skated the length of the ice and snapped one through Jack Campbell’s five-hole
- Off the ensuing faceoff, Michael Amadio snagged a loose puck and whipped it far corner on McIntyre. It’s a goal he’ll want back.
- Just under 5 minutes later, Amadio snapped one through a crowd and over the glove of McIntyre for his second goal of the game and a PP marker
- The Kings added a goal just over 4 minutes into the 2nd period, Ben Hutton scored on his former team as his new teammate Anderson-Dolan set the puck on a tee for Hutton to slam home from the point
- The Kings added a goal just over four and a half minutes into the 3rd period as Alec Martinez was allowed to skate end to end then wheel into the slot and snap it by Richard Bachman
- The Canucks got one back just over a minute later as Tanner Pearson whipped one home from a sharp angle
- Off the ensuing faceoff, Josh Leivo snapped one upstairs from the right faceoff circle
- Just over 2 minutes after that, Michael Frk whipped one over the glove of Bachman on a clear cut breakaway from the Canucks blueline
- Just over two minutes later, The Kings added another PP goal as Anderson-Dolan deflected the puck home off a Canucks defender
- The Canucks got one back with just over a minute left in the game as Gaudette tipped home a centering feed by Quinn Hughes.
- Zane McIntyre stopped 17/21 shots in his 2 periods of work. Richard Bachman stopped 5 of 8 shots
- Final score: Kings 7 Canucks 5
- It was not a good night for Canucks goalies, who were shellacked for 7 goals on 29 shots. Richard Bachman must have been having flashbacks to his last NHL start back on November 15th, when he was ventilated for 6 goals on 29 shots. He played the 3rd period tonight and gave up 3 goals on 8 shots. Sure the Canucks defense did the goalies no favors with sloppiness and defensive break downs, but the goalies have to stop the shots. Both Canucks goalies let in goals they’ll want back tonight
- The penalty killing unit needs to regroup after allowing 3 goals on 5PP opportunities. Of course, some of the players who will be tasked with penalty killing duties were not playing tonight.
- Expect some cuts coming tomorrow
- Up next, the Canucks head to Abbotsford where they will play two games in a row against the Ottawa Senators, starting with a tilt Monday.