Canucks rally but fall to Cup-champion Blues in overtime

Ruben Hill
November 8, 2019

Vancouver had just stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to gain a 3-2 lead on October 22, but with 6:12 left in the third period, the Red Wings weren't going to just roll over in their own barn and let the Canucks have their way. "I knew the goalie didn't know what to do because there was so many of us, and they both made a good play of selling it a little bit, and then I was just in the right place at the right time".

The victor came on a 3-on-0 after Vancouver's Tyler Myers fired a shot that missed wide of the opposition's net and went the length of the ice with three Blues chasing. A pair of Canucks collided in the corner, and the puck went almost the length of the ice with three Blues chasing.

"You don't really get a lot of 3-on-0 practices", Schwartz said. We don't want that to happen again, so our foot has been on the gas the entire time.

"We talk about it all the time in the room, just sticking with our game", Horvat said.

Canuck goaltender Jacob Markstrom smashed his stick in anger after the goal.

"Sometimes it can be frustrating when you're playing well and you're doing the right things and you don't get rewarded", Markstrom said. All five wins in a row have been by one goal - four in overtime, including the last three. Sophomore standout Elias Petterson now sits sixth in the NHL in scoring with 20 points, and has helped Vancouver post the fourth-best goals-per-game average in the league at 3.64.

And Jordan Binnington, who will likely get the start in goal for the Blues on Tuesday night, is 1-1 with a 2.31 GAA in games against the Canucks.

Elias Pettersson and the Vancouver Canucks have been one of the league's hottest teams this season. That was Bozak's first goal of the season.

Bozak said the Blues gained valuable experience in their championship run a year ago which has helped them in their string of overtime victories.

"Last year kind of helped us in moments like that to not panic and just stick with it and try and play our game", he said. "It's saying that this is a hard league, that wins aren't going to come easy, and that we have to keep working for 60 minutes like that".

Markstrom stopped 25 shots for the Canucks, who are 7-1-3 in the last 11 and have not lost in regulation at home this season.

And with five of their next seven games on home ice, the Canucks, now second in the Pacific Division, will be looking to further cement their claim as a legitimate playoff team.

Powering much of Vancouver's early-season prowess has been their explosive offense, which is averaging 3.64 goals per game, good for fourth in the National Hockey League. "That's a heavy team".

The Blues haven't been dominating opponents during their Stanley Cup defense, but they have been finding ways to win. "It's nearly amusing, we kind of expect that from him just because we've seen it so much, but he just keeps on unbelievable us every single game, holding down the fort and giving us a chance to win". "I thought our team handled it very well".

The Canucks had a chance to tie the game earlier in the third when the David Perron was called for cross-checking Canucks defenceman Chris Tanev at 5:44 of the third period. He is a +5 with nine power play points, one game winning goal, 30 shots on goal, 18 faceoff wins, five blocked shots, eight hits, six takeaways and four giveaways.

Jake Virtanen also came close in the third when he rang a shot off the post at 7:51. The Wild took a lead two-plus minutes into the first period, but the Blues (9-3-3) evened it up a couple minutes later on a Mackenzie MacEachern goal assisted by Ivan Barbashev and Colton Parayko.

The Sharks cut it to a three-goal game midway through the third period, but Vancouver answered on a Pettersson power play goal assisted by J.T. Miller and Boeser.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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