It’s hard not to feel a sense of frustration after last night’s 3-2 loss in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks. The Canucks were the better team by a mile, and deserved a far better fate than to lose this way. And things like this don’t help the frustration, either.
Absolutely embarrassing display of officiating in last night’s contest, and it really is a disservice to the game that there’s little consequences for officials who blow calls like this, and even if there is, we’d never know as there’s zero transparency on accountability of the officials. It’s not the entire reason they lost, but as you can see the Canucks absolutely deserved a power play in OT.
I have begun to loathe the whole “looking for positives” mentality we’ve had to adapt with this team, as they just cannot seem to catch a break. Still, the way the Canucks have played over the last four games gives hope as they head off for three road contests. Elias Pettersson has goals in back to back games, JT Miller is proving once again just how valuable he is to this team, and Quinn Hughes is quietly racking up points. If they can just get some bottom six production and some more from the defence, they could be fine.
I have to say I am pretty pleased with the way Jaroslav Halak’s played so far. He’s kept them in every game he’s played, and given them a chance to win. If not for that unlucky bounce off Miller for Anaheim’s second goal last night, this is very likely we’re talking about a Canucks win instead.
While looking at the home stand in its entirety is a little bleak, when you see that they had 5 of a possible eight points in the last four, and all the one goal games it feels as though they’re moving in the right direction. They’re going to have to rack up some wins this month though, as the teams around the middle of the pack like Colorado and Vegas aren’t going to mired below the playoff cutoff line too much longer.
They’re also going to need to score first, and while they gave up yet another goal on the penalty kill, it was a little better than it has been, and even had a short-handed goal to show for it. With the next six games against Western Conference opponents, making sure they’re winning games in regulation is a must if they hope to stay relevant in a Pacific Division that’s turning out to be far tougher than most predicted.
LAST NIGHT’S ACTION
Teuvo Teravainen tied it in the third, and Martin Necas scored the OT dagger as Carolina moved to 10-1-0, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1.
Jesse Puljujarvi scored in the last minute of the second, followed by Connor McDavid in the first minute of the third, as the Edmonton Oilers looked like they were about to pull off another three goal comeback. They couldn’t get another past Alex Nedeljkovic though, as the Detroit Red Wings knocked off the Oilers 4-2. The Wings are now in second place in the Atlantic Division, just like everyone predicted...
Ryan O’Reilly scored the only goal in Uncle Gary’s Super Fun Trick Shot Contest, leading the St Louis Blues to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Jordan Binnington had 39 saves and didn’t swing his stick at someone’s head for a whole game! Baby steps...
A pair of third period Jeff Carter goals wasn’t enough, as Pittsburgh dropped this one 3-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks in U.G.S.F.T.S.C. The game also featured this moment..
The New Jersey Devils won a wild one over the Florida Panthers last night in a 7-3 decision, which featured three goals in the first two minutes of the second period, the last one being the first of five unanswered from the Devils.
Three goals in the third period fueled the San Jose Sharks to a 4-1 win over the Flames in Calgary last night. Jonathan Dahlen scored his sixth of the season into an empty net in the last minute of this one.
The Seattle Kraken dropped to 4-8-1 as Riley Smith scored twice in 0:46 to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-2 victory. Yanni Gourde had scored in the second period, but left the game in the third and did not return. No word yet on the severity of the injury.
AROUND THE NHL
A little while before last night’s game between the Canucks and Ducks, the Ducks announced that Executive VP and GM Bob Murray has been placed on leave while the team opened an investigation into allegations of abusive conduct to players and staff of the team.
Sources: #NHLDucks GM Bob Murray placed on leave after allegations of "mental warfare" - repeated verbal abuse and harassment of players and staff, plus intimidation tactics and temper tantrums that fostered a culture of fear in organization.https://t.co/uAkzgXnKuT— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) November 10, 2021
You may recall that Murray’s temper had him in some hot water a few years back, so these allegations aren’t out of left field. We’ll keep you up to date on this one as it develops, as yet another embarrassing situation for the NHL and Gary Bettman is exposed.