The Canucks choose on San Jose trying to continue to be suitable in the wild-card hunt Saturday night time
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Vancouver Canucks checked into the Resort California on Wednesday and checked out on Saturday night time with just one gain in 3 video games pursuing Saturday night’s 3-2 reduction to the Sharks.
Here’s what we acquired.
Swimming with Sharks
The Canucks, as is their wont, hung in the sport with a makeshift lineup and a grim feeling of reason. Joe Pavelski scored the go-in advance purpose for the Sharks with just less than 7 minutes to go in the third interval pursuing an egregious Alex Biega giveaway. Biega coughed up the puck along the boards in his have close, leading to a 3-on-one. Pavelski transformed Timo Meier’s rebound.
Earlier in the ultimate body, Brock Boeser, who’d hit a article and experienced 4 shots on Martin Jones as a result of two durations, tied the sport when his transform-of-rate muffin beat the Sharks goalie.
Logan Couture gave the Sharks a 2-1 guide in the next interval, a body the Canucks dominated territorially.
On the go-in advance purpose, Couture benefited from a specialist decide on by Brent Burns which wiped out the Canucks defensive pair of Erik Gudbranson and Guillaume Brisebois. It also arrived from the operate of the participate in with the Canucks outshooting the property team 18-6 in the next and 26-17 above the 1st two durations.
The ultimate tally was 34-26 for the Canucks.
Hanging in early
One particular of the keys to any sport at the Shark Tank is surviving the 1st 10 minutes which the Canucks did courtesy of a heads-up participate in by Biega.
After an encouraging start out, Derrick Pouliot took a delay-of-sport slight when he flipped the puck above the glass. The Sharks capitalized on the ensuing electrical power participate in, with Erik Karlsson putting it on a tee for Timo Meier in the slot but considerably less than a moment later, Biega intercepted a move in the neutral zone and place Antoine Roussel in alone.
His wrister beat Jones and tied the sport.
The Canucks experienced the best possibility to choose the guide later in the interval when Boeser hit the article on a electrical power participate in. As it was, they remaining the 1st in a tie sport.
“If you sit again and look at the sport unfold here, they’ll make you pay,” explained Jay Beagle.
For the next straight sport, the Canucks were missing 6 regulars and the accidents continued to put an onerous workload on their important players. Troy Stecher, who played 31:55 in Los Angeles on Thursday night time, clocked in with 18:17 as a result of the 1st two durations, Elias Pettersson experienced 17 minutes and Boeser, 16:59.
At the other close of the spectrum, Brisebois played just 5:06 in the 1st two durations and Zack MacEwen experienced just 2:34. MacEwen did locate time to score a unanimous choice above Barclay Goodrow in a next-interval scrap.
“We experienced 13 fellas 25 and less than in the lineup the other night time (in Los Angeles),” explained head mentor Travis Green. “We have a youthful team who are participating in some significant video games, some tough video games.”
That thin blue line
The Canucks presently have a third-all round decide on, a fifth-all round and an eighth-all round on their blue-line. That’s the excellent news.
The much more sobering news is the players in problem are Erik Gudbranson, Luke Schenn and Derrick Pouliot.
Schenn, the 12-year NHL vet, was recalled from Utica above the weekend when Chris Tanev went down with an ankle harm. The 29-year-old commenced the period with Anaheim, his fourth NHL business in 4 years, right before he was acquired for Michael Del Zotto in mid-January.
“He’s a excellent veteran man who’s been in the league a prolonged time,” explained Green. “He can make the tough performs and he’s a tough man to participate in from. We’ll see how it goes.”
The Canucks also acquired Ryan Spooner from the Oilers for Sam Gagner previously on Saturday. Spooner will sign up for the team in Vancouver and, in accordance to GM Jim Benning, will be offered a possibility with the NHL club. He’d been participating in with the Oilers’ farm team in Bakersfield.
To make room for Spooner, the Canucks have placed Jake Virtanen on injured reserve.
Subsequent Video game: Thursday
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