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Collapse completed in overtime as Canucks lose 4-3 to Montreal

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Canucks find way to blow a 3 goal lead against the Habs.

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The Canucks came into Montreal with a 1-3-1 record on this long road trip so far. Things didn’t seem as they would get better as Burrows headed back to Vancouver to be there for the birth of his son Jacob. Hunter Shirkaruk got the start tonight and we get to see if he can remember the nets are the same size in the NHL as they are in the AHL.

First Period

The Canucks fourth line reappeared tonight and got things going early as Higgins went into the corner, got the puck back out to the center of the ice and eventually Cracknell puts it back into the net for his third.

The Nucks did a good job of keeping the Montreal speed to the outside and clogging up the front of the net when the Habs took shots. The neutral zone was harder to get through than the Number Five Orange on 2 for 1 night (Showing my age). Near the end of the period Daniel Sedin took a hit to the beak and the Nucks received 4 minutes to show their terrible PP. But miracles do happen every once and awhile and Henrik got revenge for his bro and made a great feed to Jared on the spot McCann for his sixth goal.

Second Period

The Canucks are able to kill off a Bartkowski penalty from the first and then Jake Virtanen gets leveled by Galchenyuk. It was a great check, too bad the puck was not near Jake and therefore the Nucks went back on the PP. The Nucks took very little time on this PP and now I want to go buy lottery tickets as I haven’t see this much luck in a while for the Nucks, as Daniel made it 3 -0.

The Canucks we know and love showed up at 8:40 of the second as they got caught with their pants down on a crappy line change and Lars Eller used Smith-Pelly as a decoy the whole way and sniped one upstairs.

Just over two minutes later Pacioretty added right the right amount of weight on Tanev take make him blow a tire behind the net which lead to a turnover, which led to a shot and then a rebound which Pacioretty put behind Markstrom.

The Canucks were able to survive a too many men call and get out of the period due to Markstrom and some timely blocked shots. There seemed to be some complaining about Shinkaruk’s ice time after two periods, but did the fandom really expect Willie D to handle this rookie any different from the others? The shifts I noticed Hunter it was due to his one hand on the stick play.

Third period

Jannik Hansen started out the third by giving the Habs a man-advantage. Luckily Markstrom was there to stop a few on the door step shots.

Canucks got their own PP on a Semin holding call. And even though the Nucks had already scored twice on the PP, the fans were expecting more.

Semi, if you’re reading this..I had to.

The third continued to roll along with chances at both ends of the rink. The Habs were definitely rolling four lines while Willie really shortened the bench. Sven had the lowest ice time, while Hunter was the second lowest. Sven and Vrbata really have no chemistry. Radim only accepts passes from Swedes, not Swiss. They need stop forcing that pairing.

With 3:08 left in the third the Canadiens catch the Nucks flatfooted at the blue line and Fleischmann gets one through Markstrom to tie the game.

The Canucks survive the end of the period and get a point.

Overtime

Canucks 3 on 3 versus Montreal. Sounds like fun. Montreal is speed. Vancouver is not. If overtime was 6 on 6, we would dominate. The Sedins are not made for 3 on 3. They would need a defenseman who is comfortable carrying, passing and shooting the puck. Oh…the Canucks don’t have a guy like that. Twitter knew before O/T started how it was going to end and they still lost their shit when Higgins missed opportunity led to a 3 on 2 the opposite way and a Desharnais goal.

The “Fire Willie” brigade is forming on Twitter, which is funny because this team is not set up to win in O/T. The kids are making mistakes like any reasonable person thought they would. It’s the vets on the back end that look tired. So if Twitter has a magic elixir for Hamhuis and Edler, they should should post it ASAP.