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Game Recap: Canucks Silenced in San Jose

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Vancouver falls flat in 3-1 loss

Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

It looked like we were in for odd matchup going into San Jose after they exchanged players with Vancouver just days ago. Jannik Hansen and Nikolay Goldobin could have potentially faced their former teams tonight but were both were tied up with paperwork in Vancouver. That, and making some very important inquiries.

On February 2nd, Patrick Marleau scored his 500th goal against the Vancouver Canucks. Hoping to put an end to their giving ways, the Canucks were looking to keep Joe Thornton from his 1,000th assist in this game.

With the departure of Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen, we saw some more changes to the roster tonight.

After being claimed off waivers earlier this week, Joseph Cramarossa was all set to play his first game as a Canuck. After missing some time, we also saw the return of Sven Baertschi and Chris Tanev. Baertschi missed 9 games after taking a hit to the head in Nashville while Chris Tanev was affected by the mumps outbreak.

First Period

Early in the game, Reid Boucher put Vancouver on the penalty kill with a delay of games penalty. Despite giving up a lot of zone time, the team did well to negate the man advantage without key penalty killers like Jannik Hansen and Alex Burrows.

After the Sharks failed power play, Brent Burns earned himself a delay of game penalty of his own. After a good looking shift from the first unit, the youthful second unit stepped onto the ice and made some great plays to earn Vancouver’s first power play goal in the last 6 games.

After receiving a pass from Sven Baertschi, Ben Hutton centered the puck to a wide open Bo Horvat who earned his 19th goal of the season.

His 19th goal of the season also gave Bo Horvat 41 points, a new career high.

Ten minutes into the game, Joseph Cramarossa dropped his gloves against Michael Haley for his first fight as a Canuck (and his eighth of the season). Looks like we’ve found our replacement for Derek Dorsett.

With 4:15 left in the period, Mikkel Boedker evened the score after he wired a shot past Ryan Miller and into the top corner.

With David Schlemko in the box on a holding penalty, the Canucks deployed their second unit to kick off the power play. Whey were hoping to replicate their previous success but the best scoring chance ended up being for the Sharks. After being hooked on a breakaway opportunity, Chris Tierney had a penalty shot late in the period to

Second Period

The Canucks looked disconnected to begin the middle frame and it would continue to be a theme throughout the period. Every time Vancouver had a sniff at the net, they seemed to miss a pass or whiff on a shot.

San Jose’s defence didn’t have to do much to keep the puck out of their net tonight, Vancouver was doing most of the heavy lifting for them.

In his first game back after a run in with the mumps, Chris Tanev wasn’t looking

In his fourth career game, Marcus Sorensen earned his first career goal after blocking Alex Edler’s shot and leading an odd man rush up the ice.

Following the goal, Vancouver couldn’t seem to put anything together. They were unable to fend of the Sharks, failing to clear the puck and spending the majority of time in their own end.

It was only a matter of time before the Sharks took advantage of their momentum and Logan Couture was the benefactor of the Canucks poor play. After Vancouver failed to clear the puck, Couture was in the right spot to score his 21st of the year and give his team a 3-1 lead.

The San Jose shooting gallery carried on as the second period came to a close. The Sharks were all over the Canucks, hemming them in their own zone and breaking up Vancouver’s chances before they even began.

Third Period

The Canucks scoring woes carried on into the third period. With a two goal lead, the Sharks were in position to tighten up defensively and focus on limiting Vancouver’s chances.

With most opportunities coming on the rush, Bo Horvat and Markus Granlund each had their own chances but couldn’t beat Aaron Dell. They’re shots were the only two of the period for the first 10 minutes.

The only highlight of this game was the play of Ryan Miller. Facing wave after wave of shots, Miller stood tall and made some fantastic saves tonight to keep the game within a pair of goals.

As the game came to a close, the Canucks continued to be batted away from the San Jose net and failed to establish any kind of a come back effort. Nothing was connecting and players seemed to be going through the motions.

Vancouver was missing something tonight and they’ve been on a rocky road these past few weeks. I’m sure the loss of two heart & soul players from the locker room would take the wind out their sails but it’s no excuse for the lack of effort we saw tonight.

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