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CANUCKS RECAP: Baertschi Goes Beast Mode, but Canes Win in Track Meet

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Sven Baertschi steals the spotlight away from Elias Pettersson, for one night.

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Carolina Hurricanes
Oct 9, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jordan Martinook (48) and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) chase after the loose puck during the third period at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-3.
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We should have seen it coming before the game.

Back to the Willie Desjardins days, Sven Baertschi has been a guy who has always responded well to a demotion.

Tonight was no different. Banished from the top line after two middling games, Baertschi stole the spotlight away from Elias Pettersson. For one night, at least.

Baertschi had three points on an evening that had it’s entertaining moments. Two young, fast teams traded chances early on, but at even-strength the Canes held the advantage throughout.

Carolina has their own crop of budding young talent, and some of them were evident tonight. Svechnikov’s second-career goal ended up being the game-winner, and he did his best to keep up with Pettersson in the Calder race.

1st Period

Gotta give it to our man Tengeresz, who likely won’t be making bold predictions anytime soon.

Well, so much for that. Jordan Staal floated a wrister on net, which hit Tanev and found it’s way into the net. Hard to fault Markstrom on the tip, but it was a goal he’d probably want back.

Oh, and he probably doesn’t want to see his name on this list either.

Hey, at least Markstrom is on the same list as Henrik Lundqvist!

The Canucks got one back after Alex Edler threaded a beautiful pass to Sven Baertschi, who scored a highlight-reel goalie against a sprawling Curtis McElhinney.

It’s passes like that which inspired Westy to take Edler in the Nucks Misconduct Fantasy Hockey League.

Too bad Westy doesn’t get points for Edler’s next slick goal. I guess that’s because it went in his own net. Does that not count in fantasy hockey?

Pesce’s point shot deflected in off Edler, in a weird play where Edler extended his leg to block the shot.

The Hurricanes scored their third goal of the season soon after on a breakdown in the Canucks own zone.

Boeser couldn’t contain his man Ferland while the Canes were buzzing around the net. Horvat went to cover Ferland as well, leaving Sebastian Aho wide open in front of the net, making the score 3-1 Canes after the first.

Derrick Pouliot and Erik Gudbranson looks brutal in coverage on that shift. Pouliot left his man in Ferland, Gudbranson took a half-hearted check at Teuvo Teravainen, and both players ended up with their pants down behind the net while the Canes scored.

Travis Green, tell us more about why Pouliot and Gudbranson look good together.

2nd Period

Bo Horvat came into this game with a good track record (five goals in seven games) against the Hurricanes. The Hurricane Killer kept up that streak tonight.

Just 46 seconds into the period, Horvat took a feed from Baertschi and buried it stick side past McElhinney. It was the third goal of the game that deflected off of a defenceman.

It didn’t take the Canes long to extend their two-goal lead. Just 1:08 after the Canucks tally, Andrei Svechnikov registered his second goal in the NHL when he redirected a Jaccob Slavin shot from the blue line.

The Canucks went back to the power play soon after, and Baertschi continued his show. Alien made a nifty play carrying the puck over the blue line before passing the puck to Westy’s man Edler. Eddy then took a wrist shot from the point, and Baertschi deflected it past for his second goal of the game.

With nine points in seven career games against Carolina, do we have a new Hurricane killer?

After Baertschi’s second power play goal, the game flow went heavily in favour of the Hurricanes. The Canucks registered 12 scoring chances at even-strength in the first period, but only tallied six in the last 40 minutes.

3rd Period

At this point, it looked like most of the team gave up. Even Pettersson’s highlight-reel plays had gone by the wayside as the Canucks barely pressured in the third.

Warren Foegele eventually buried the game-winner, following up his three-point effort from the Canes contest against the New York Rangers last weekend. The line of Foegele, Staal and Williams has been one of the leagues hottest to start the season. Put your hand up if you saw that one coming.

One positive is that Jacob Markstrom looked better in the latter 30 minutes of the game. You could have made the argument to yank him after the fourth goal, even though, most of the tallies were off of deflections. The stats might not show it, but Markstrom had some decent moments in tonight’s game.

Want another positive? The power play had another good night, going 2/4 on the night. They were outscored 5-1 on even-strength, but on the season the Canucks are now clicking at a 44% success rate with the man advantage (4/9).

They’ll need a strong power play against the Lightning on Thursday, who will only be playing their second game of the season after losing to the Florida Panthers in a shootout last Saturday.