The Canucks waltzed into Minnesota riding a 2 game winning streak. Let’s see how many times we say that this year. Derek Dorsett had scored a bunch of goals. Brock Boeser had a bunch of goals. The defense was already getting patch work done. No Edler…no Stetcher. Anders Nilsson got his third start of the year against Dubnyk, who looked more like the Edmonton version than the Wild version.
The other Granlund was back in the lineup for Minnesota tonight and I was happy about that as he is on NM keeper league team. And while my 1st place hasn’t needed him, Granlund will be welcomed back with open arms. I’ll be honest, I am not usually excited about a Canucks/Wild game. Tonight was no exception. The Wild like to neutral zone trap a lot and it makes for a boring game. And that’s how the game started until Burmistrov took one of those new NHL slashing penalties where his stick touched the hands of the Wild player. The #1 Wild PP moves the puck around the outside really fast and got three 3 shots off but Nilsson moved well and stopped them all.
The biggest disappointment of the first was the fact Boeser didn’t score 3 goals. Remember that Brock scored his first NHL goal in his home state against the Wild last year. Trade him now, we have Dorsett.
Jake Virtanen was able to draw a penalty of his own at the 12 minute mark. I would have declined, but the Canucks moved the puck well themselves and got a couple shots off, but no luck scoring.
I liked the play of Pouliot in the first as he is one of the Canucks defense looking to get into scoring position and he skated with the puck. Biega had a good period as he is willing to take the body, even against bigger guys.
The period ended 0-0
Bleh period of hockey. Wild with a little more jump, but the “not terrible” Canucks.... weren’t terrible.— Jason Brough (@JasonBroughTSN) October 25, 2017
As the second period started, I saw a rare occurrence. The Canucks have a player with the number 89, with the last name Gagner. He actually got a shot off. It was saved, but at least he created an opportunity.
The Sedin-Virt line continues to work even though Jake is twice as fast as either Sedin. Jake sits his ass in front of the net and pushes people around while the twins cycle.
7 minutes into the second period and I’m not sure that I can cover anymore Nucks-Wild games. Even time I watch them it has been a snoozefest. (*last time I watch Van/Min was 2015) Even the GIFS on twitter were suffering
Puck out of a jersey > rabbit out of a hat pic.twitter.com/Dzccf5d41K— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 25, 2017
John Shorthouse was Captain Obvious about my despair when he said, “Someone will eventually score in this game.”
I spent the rest of the period watching Scooby Doo. Tyler Ennis made me look back over at the game as he put one just above Nilsson’s shoulder. Luckily Anders is 7 feet tall on his knees so the puck flew over the goal into the upper net.
The period ended…….zero…..zero
Canucks playing a good road game, and so are the Wild.— Jason Brough (@JasonBroughTSN) October 25, 2017
The Wild and Canucks traded penalties early in the third to try and fool us into thinking there was some spirit in this game. I was tempted to turn on the tv and watch the World Series. Both teams escaped short PKs.
Moments like these the #Canucks need to lean on Dorsett to get them a goal— Rob Williams (@RobTheHockeyGuy) October 25, 2017
I agree with Rob. If Dorsett wants to be the next….um….Bure, yeah that’s it….he will need to find the next gear and put the team on his shoulders and win a game on his own. I write fiction sometimes.
Instead of Derek, we got the next best thing for the Nucks….Jake. Virtanen was able to get the puck in the neutral zone, carry it in, shoot, get his own rebound and put it behind Dubnyk. 1-0 Nucks
The Wild got a PP with 6 minutes left after a Wild player broke his stick on Biega. Soon after the Wild took a penalty as Zucker took a run at Dorsett, who can’t fight anymore. His hands are needed for scoring.
Dubnyk went to the bench with 1:40 left and the onslaught began. The Canucks have been very consistent when it comes to close games. Green sends out Granlund/Sutter/Dorsett to try and shut down the opposition. Unfortunately Dorsett took a hooking penalty with 19 seconds to put more pressure on Nilsson. The refs even tried to help the Wild by calling a phantom icing, but in the end the Nucks won 1-0.
Hats off to Anders Nilsson for his second shutout in 3 starts. I guess his next start he’ll get pulled in the first.