It's not how you start, it's how you finish.
That's something the Canucks know all too well by this point as they suffered another crushing defeat after blowing a 3rd period lead. Vancouver led 2-0 over the Red Wings heading into the final period and looked as if they'd cruise to an easy win. However, Detroit dominated the third, scoring two goals in the span of about 90 seconds to tie the game, eventually winning it in overtime.
Ryan Miller looked dominant early and made 25 saves on the night, but couldn't hold off the Red Wings' attack in the final period.
It's going to be a long season if the Canucks can't figure out how to close out games.
On a brighter note, the power play finally came to life tonight as both of Vancouver's goals, one from Chris Tanev and another from Brandon Sutter, came with the Canucks on the power play. There's a silver lining to everything, and that was Vancouver's bright spot tonight.
Just seconds into the game, Henrik Sedin came up with a quick turnover and had a breakaway opportunity, but Petr Mrazek was able to stop the shot to keep things scoreless.
A few minutes later, Henrik had another good look on net as the Canucks came away with the puck in the neutral zone. Daniel Sedin delivered a backhanded pass to his brother, but Mrazek turned away another shot. The first line was certainly buzzing early as Henrik as well as Radim Vrbata had some great scoring chances.
Dunno about you, but I'm a lot happier seeing Vrbata on the end of the Sedins passes than Sutter or Hansen.. #Canucks— Omar A (@omarcanuck) October 25, 2015
The Red Wings had the first power play of the night as Alex Edler was sent off for holding. During Detroit's power play, Alex Burrows came up with a shorthanded breakaway opportunity, but couldn't finish. Mrazek was being challenged early by the Canucks and was stepping up to the task.
Another breakaway for the Canucks.. It appears Mrazek is a good goalie one on one..— Blake Price (@BlakePriceTSN) October 25, 2015
Detroit's power play was cut short as Gustav Nyquist was called for hooking. Late in Vancouver's power play, it was Chris Tanev who finally beat Mrazek. Tanev skated into the high slot and sniped a shot past the glove of Mrazek to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead.
On Vancouver's second power play of the period, Daniel Sedin almost extended the Canucks' lead. After positioning himself in front of the crease, Daniel took a feed from his brother and managed to get the puck around Mrazek, but somehow the puck stayed out to keep things at 1-0.
Just like their first power play goal, the Canucks struck late in their advantage as Brandon Sutter won the face-off in the offensive zone before being set up for a one-timer in the slot, putting the Canucks up 2-0 midway through the 2nd period.
Burrows with two primary assists at 5-on-4 tonight. Canucks 2nd PP unit now has 3 goals, which I believe means it's officially February.— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) October 25, 2015
Daniel Sedin had a number of good scoring chances on the night, especially close to the crease. Perhaps the most impressive one was the goal that didn't count. Daniel redirected a shot from Radim Vrbata, but he clearly knocked it in with his forearm. Hey, we'll give him some style points at the very least.
Daniel Sedin gloves the puck into the net and it's immediately waived off pic.twitter.com/5texDKqncd— Stephanie (@myregularface) October 25, 2015
At this point, Daniel had more scoring chances (6) than the entire Red Wings team (5).
Early in the 3rd period, the Red Wings finally beat Ryan Miller. Teemu Pulkkinen made a nice move in the neutral zone to control the puck and fought off Ben Hutton while skating in on net, slipping a shot past Miller to make it 2-1.
Hutton got beat there - plain and simple. If you play #FantasyHockey, have Teemu on your watch list.— Grady S (@GradySas) October 25, 2015
Less than two minutes later, Tomas Tatar tied things up with a power play goal. Tatar drifted over to the left face-off circle and sniped a goal top shelf short side past Ryan Miller, evening things up at 2-2.
Another game, another blown 3rd period lead.
Through the first two periods, the Red Wings had 10 shots on goal. Less than halfway through the third period alone, they had nine shots on net.
On Vancouver's final chance of regulation, Derek Dorsett had all kinds of time from the high slot, but shot the puck up and over the net as the game would need to be decided in overtime.
Just 13 seconds into the OT period, Daniel Sedin was sent off for tripping, giving the Red Wings a 4-on-3 power play. Detroit was 1-for-5 on the power play during regulation. The Red Wings controlled the puck for almost the entire power play, but Ryan Miller came up with some big saves to keep the game going.
Eventually, it was a bad change by Yannick Weber that wound up costing the Canucks. As Weber headed off to the bench, the Red Wings came back up with the puck, and it was Gustav Nyquist who delivered the OT winner for the Detroit, handing Vancouver their fifth straight home loss to start the year.
Nyquist with the OT winner pic.twitter.com/V7ATBv78lZ— Stephanie (@myregularface) October 25, 2015
The Canucks will have their hands full on Tuesday night as they take on the undefeated Montreal Canadiens at Rogers Arena. The Canadiens are 9-0-0 to start the year and have outscored their opponents 35-12 thus far. The game gets underway at 7:00 pm on Sportsnet Vancouver.