A 3-0 series lead on the defending Stanley Cup champs would have been something else.
The Canucks almost pulled it off too. However, it wasn’t meant to be.
As I write this out on the East Coast, I sympathize with all Canucks fans who stay up to watch this team on a regular basis (shout out to Kent and Westy).
Here are my late-night thoughts after Game 3.
Perron is a talented P.O.S.
If you’re looking for a Blues player to despise, look no further than David Perron.
The former St. Louis castaway spent Game 1 pummeling Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson. In Game 3 tonight, he was all over Jacob Markstrom, and he constantly found himself in the Canucks crease.
Perron is easily the biggest piece of shit in this series, and he’s a damn good hockey player too.
He scored a beauty goal to put the Blues up 2-1 in the second period, and he was arguably their best player all game long. I thought the Canucks responded well to his post-whistle shenanigans, but he’s a guy they need to try and slow down as the series progresses.
Fantenberg & Motte firing on all cylinders
The fringe guys were feeling it tonight.
With Tyler Myers missing in action, Oscar Fantenberg stepped by throwing the body, making good outlet passes, and by blocking shots at critical times.
He was more solid defensively than the turnover prone Myers, and made the most of his limited ice time.
In terms of Motte, the fancy stats won’t paint a pretty picture. Motte was on the ice for seven shot attempts for and 40 against.
Honestly, those paltry totals didn’t mean shit tonight. He was buzzing all over the ice, especially on the penalty kill. He even had a solid scoring chance in the second period, but Jake Allen was able to close the five-hole (was Jordan Binnington paying attention to that?)
Motte truly is the perfect fourth-line player, and he was at his best tonight.
You win with guys like Motte.— Chris Conte (@ChrisConte79) August 17, 2020
Pearson stepping up in Toffoli’s absence
The Canucks haven’t really missed Tyler Toffoli, although he surely would give this team a boost over guys like Zack MacEwen and Jake Virtanen.
However, Toffoli’s buddy Tanner Pearson has performed admirably in a top-six role throughout the playoffs.
Even though he didn’t score tonight, Pearson had multiple chances to bury the puck. Perhaps his puck luck ran out after scoring three goals on eight shots in the first six games of the playoffs.
Pearson tied with Hughes and Pettersson for four shots at even-strength tonight. If he keeps that up, his puck luck is bound to return later in the series.
Lotto line buzzing at five-on-five, but more is needed
Tonight was yet another night where the Canucks got caved in at five-on-five.
The one positive takeaway? The Lotto Line started to create in the final three periods of the game.
After a slow first period, Miller, Boeser and Pettersson got their chances later in the game. Of course, Petey’s highlight reel-goal was the main takeaway from the contest (other than Markstrom turning in another wonderful performance).
While it was nice to see those three get their chances at even-strength, more is needed from this team to weather the beating they’ve taken at five-on-five.