So 2016 just can’t end quickly enough for the Canucks. Mediocrity would have been a step up for this team that has a fanbase that can’t seem to forget 2011. Let it go Elsa. The Canucks enter tonight losers of their last two and now have to face three more division rivals before the end of this leap year. Alex Elder made his return for the Canucks, as now the team finally has its top pairing back…wait…what….they are not together? Well fuck…if Princess Leia can die, then I guess Eddy/Tanev can play apart.
Let’s ignore the Megna elephant on the first line as well.
The netting made 2 quick saves on errant passes before the Canucks went a PP. Loui was clipped by a high stick and then Loui gets revenge by skating to the front of the net with the puck and scoring on the PP. I KNOW!! A powerplay goal.
And then quickly the Canucks go to the PP as Dowd interferes with a Canuck at the wrong end of the ice. Horvat/Eriksson/Megna produced some good shots and a ping sound from a Bo shot that was tipped by Megna, but no goals. That Megna guy was making a few guys look pretty good in the period.
9 minutes into the game and I hear Gaunce’s name called as he broke a stick but continued into the offensive zone. It would be kind of hard to score your first goal without a stick Brendan. But I guess his only NHL goal never used a stick so why not try it again.
Megna and the Sedins must have had some counselling before the game, as Megna seemed to know where to be on the breakouts. Jason was able to get behind the Kings defense and draw a penalty on a partial breakaway. 3 PPs in a period must the refs Christmas present to the Canucks.
Don't you hate being the third wheel? pic.twitter.com/41EHu8nF7U— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) December 29, 2016
Sven had the best opportunity of the PP as he came in on the backdoor play and Budaj was able to get over and save the shot.
The Canucks couldn’t play the perfect period as Edler makes his return noticed, jumping on the ice and playing the puck before the guy he’s replacing is off. Kings get a PP.
Edler pulls an Edler.— Jason Brough (@JasonPHT) December 29, 2016
Canucks PK kept the Kings to the outside and keep the score 1-0 and Edler got a free shot on Doughty’s wrists.
The second period started out …weird. The Canucks…..scored. Hank scores on a deflection of a Stetcher shot from the point. 2-0 Nucks
And now Henrik Sedin will demonstrate the perfect way to open the 2nd period pic.twitter.com/8sDymvB7hE— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) December 29, 2016
Groot was then robbed by a linesman as his shot from the point went in, but the linesman said it was outside. Boo I say.
Bo then got his stick a little aggressive with his stick and got up in Muzzin’s face to get 2 minutes in the box. Burrows got a chance as he slapped one on Budaj from the side. The Canucks are able to kill off that penalty as well without letting the Kings get any dangerous chances.
There was a lot of back and forth but the Kings were leading the shots 8-2 after 10 minutes. I have to say that the Kings kind of looked out of sorts to this point. They weren’t very physical and seemed a step behind.
Half way through the game Ben Hutton and Groot had 0 Corsi chances at even strength. Zero….But when you are on the ice with the 4th line that created one chance, you bound to get screwed.
Ryan Miller made a great save on Trevor Lewis as Lewis found himself all alone but he couldn’t beat Miller’s glove.
Canucks guilty of leaving zone early, great vision by Muzzin, better save by Miller pic.twitter.com/jqElf8NYPv— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) December 29, 2016
The Canucks looked like they created a lot of chances with under 6 minutes left, but there weren’t actually a lot of shots on net. The usual “one extra pass” Canucks showed up and Budaj just had to stand there. Miller on the other hand made a great save on Kopitar without realizing he made it.
Ryan Miller's late Christmas gift to Kopitar: Sadness. pic.twitter.com/klwRtK5I5n— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) December 29, 2016
Megna then hit the crossbar with a minute left in the period.
The period ends 2-0 Canucks.
Mark it 8 Dude - This is just the 8th time in 36 games Vancouver takes a lead into the third.
The Canucks started the third where they left off in the second: being badly outshot. The Kings rattled off another six shots before the period was five minutes old but Miller found them all.
After the Kings burst of energy, Vancouver powered back with Sutter knocking down Martinez leading to Grrot sailing a shot wide, Granlund was stopped by Budaj a few minutes later and Skille rang his shot off the iron shortly after that.
The Kings regained puck control and kept pushing, finally being rewarded with less than five minutes left as Tanner Pearson found himself alone with enough time to fire off a wrister that beat Miller stick side.
By the point of the Kings marker, Vancouver had been outshot 28-7 since the end of the first. If you’re a stat head, then this (courtesy hockeystats.ca) likely explains many of your sad emoji faces during the final 20 minutes.
Vancouver didn’t make it easy on themselves in the closing minutes either, losing three faceoffs in quick succession and enduring four shots against to boot as the Kings pressed to knot it at two a piece. But Miller, sadly for our friends down south, wasn’t much in the mood for the overtime tonight.
In doing so, Vancouver takes the points with Miller backstopping a big 36 save win to help the Canucks snap a two-game skid, pulling them within five points of the wild card slot. (I know, I know, stop thinking so positively). Vancouver is now 6-1-1 when leading going into the third.
"That was an important win. We had a nice break and needed to come back strong; hopefully we can build on this one." - Eriksson— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) December 29, 2016
Feel free to credit this win to OffThePost who was at the game and worked his magic to ensure the victory.
The Canucks gets a day off before dealing with Ryan
*&@#%$ Kesler and the rest of the Mighty Water Fowl on Friday.