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Game #56 – Calgary Flames (26-27-3) @ Vancouver Canucks (23-29-4) – game recap

Here we are, the end of another season with a playoff miss for the Canucks. It will be the 5th time in 6 seasons that the Canucks will miss the playoffs. Some would argue that last season should also be counted as a playoff miss (were it not for the NHL expanding the playoffs in 2020 to include basically every team that had a mathetical shot of making the playoffs when the season ws postponed March 12, the Canucks would have been on the outside looking in). Today, the Canuxksa wrapped up a britaltal season with a matinee in Calgary. There will be no milestone for Alex Edler today. He was scratched from the lineup and will be stuck at 99 career goals heading into next season, unless he chooses to retire. Tanner Pearson was also absent. The veteran winger flew straight home after the game (his wife is pregnant so maybe issues there?) Braden Holtby got the start in net.  Kole Lind drew into the lineup. He also started the first game of the season. Could the Canucks end the season with a win? Here is today’s game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Flames opened the scoring just over 7 minutes into the game as Matthew Tkachuk snapped a centering feed past Canucks goalie Braden Holtby
  • Just over four and a half minutes later, Dillon Dube dekked out Holtby and had him going the wrong way
  • Four minutes after that, Andrew Mangiapane was johnny on the spot to jam a rebound past Holtby
  • The Flames added a goal just over five minutes into the 2nd period as Brett Ritchie wired one blocker side on Holtby
  • Just over 3 minutes later, the Canucks got one back as Bo Horvat blasted a one-timer by Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom for a PP marker
  • Fifty-eight seconds later, JT Miller tipper one by Markstrom
  • Fifty-seven seconds later, Tkachuk wired a one-timer through the legs of Holtby
  • The Flames added a goal three and a half minutes into the 3rd period as Connor Mackey redirected a centering feed by Holtby for his first career goal
  • Braden Holtby stopped 22/28 shots
  • Final score: Flames 6 Canucks 2

My Take:

  • Braden Holtby’s day resembled what his early days in a Canucks uniform looked like. He let in a few goals he’ll want back, or not. Honestly, he looked like he just wanted to get this one over with. The league should have done him a favor and just cancelled this mean nothing game
  • This one was pretty much over by the 16 minute mark of the 1st period when the score was 3-0. The Canucks had enough pride to at least break the shutout bid and also make the game interesting for about a minute. This one felt more like an exhibition game than a regular season finale. Both teams were going through the motions and trying not to get hurt
  • The Canucks won 48% of the faceoffs, led by Bo Horvat, who won 56% of the draws he took
  • The Canucks banged out 9 hits, led by Will Lockwood, who had 3 hits today
  • The Canucks blocked 8 shots, led by Jimmy Vesey, who blocked a pair of shots today.
  • Up next, the offseason and many, many questions about what went wrong and the future direction of this team. Stay tuned for my season review where I will recap the season that was and try to answer some of these questions
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