The Prodigal Hodgson - Canucks bite back with 4-3 win over Sharks

Cam Charron
January 21 2012 05:02PM


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The Vancouver Canucks stuck it to CBC, scheduling an afternoon affair in Vancouver against the San Jose Sharks, for their third Western Final rematch since Christmas. It was their last game of the season against the perennial playoff contenders, finishing the season series at 3-0-1 over their Pacific rivals with a 4-3 win with a lucky goal from Cody Hodgson in the game's waning minutes. After a pretty slow affair, the pace picked up for the third period and the team's played to a pretty entertaining finish.

For more in-depth analysis, scoring chance numbers, and the statistical three stars, click past the jump...

-First off, the important numbers: the Canucks won the score-tied, even-strength scoring chance battle 8-3, won it overall at even strength 14-7, and won 14-9 overall. The Canucks dominated 5 vs. 5 this afternoon, but thanks to some shaky goaltending at either end, a poor special team's game and a few missed nets, the score was probably closer than it should have been.

-Both teams fired six pucks on net for scoring chances. The Canucks scored on two of them (David Booth's goal and Hodgson's second goal didn't count as chances). Neither Roberto Luongo or Antti Niemi got blown up, but neither recorded a quality start, either. Not the best way for Luongo to take over the all-time team record in wins.

-Hoo, man, did Cody have a game or did Cody have a game? Of course, Alain Vigneault kept his minutes to 10:10, and Hodgson responded, scoring two goals (albeit one was a total fluke), setting up two scoring chances and getting 4 shot attempts, all of them on net. He didn't have to play a lot of defense, either, on the ice for 23 Corsi events (goals, shots, misses, blocks) 14 of them were directed at Niemi.

-The Canucks' leaders in Corsi were the Sedin twins. Daniel was a +15 in Corsi. He also had 9 shot attempts, but no member of the line was above a +2 in scoring chances. The rebounds and bounces, which usually turn those Corsi events into scoring chances, weren't there for the Sedins today, but at least they kept the play out of their own end.

-The second line was buzzing all game. David Booth didn't set up any chances on his own like he usually does, but him, Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins were +5, +4, +3 in scoring chances. Kesler had the go-ahead goal late in the third period that could have held up as the winner if Alex Edler and Chris Tanev hadn't been caught in their own end at the end of the game.

-I like Edler, but he was observably the weak link in the second pairing today, which sort of brought down my ChrisT.mas buzz. It was Tanev's first game since October, and he played a relatively low-event game as a foil to the tempo usually plays. I didn't think the pairing really worked out, up against Joe Thornton, Tanev obviously doesn't have the physical attributes to win that matchup.

-The pairing did open up Keith Ballard and Aaron Rome to play against San Jose's depth guys. Check your charts—they ran right over them, and Ballard took off Joe Pavelski for five minutes with a fight at the end of the second period.

-Manny Malhotra was on the ice to start 11 shifts. 3 of them were neutral zone draws, 8 of them were defensive zone draws. At the other end, Alex Burrows started none of his 13 shifts in the defensive end.

-Another Cody Hodgson stat: he won 5 of 8 faceoffs.

The Statistical Three Stars:

1 - Cody Hodgson (+5 scoring chance differential, 4 shots, 2 chances created)

2 - Ryan Kesler (+4 scoring chances, 3 shots, 0 chances against in 1:05 penalty kill time)

3 - David Booth (+5 scoring chances, two shots, 2 chances against in 16:07 of ice time)

Alternate Resources

Corsi/Fenwick

Zone Starts

Head 2 Head Ice-time

Event Summary

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20701

Team Period Time Note VAN Opponent  
SJS 1 17:53   1 8 23 27 32 40 10 22 28 31 43 44 5v5
VAN 1 13:17   1 7 8 17 20 23 8 19 22 31 39 44 5v5
VAN 1 11:31   1 4 9 21 29 36 3 17 26 31 64 88 5v5
SJS 1 10:57   1 2 3 9 21 36 5 10 28 31 43 61 5v5
VAN 1 9:15   1 4 14 27 29 33 5 17 26 31 61 64 5v5
VAN 1 6:08   1 4 9 21 29 36 8 12 22 31 39 44 5v5
VAN 1 5:35   1 4 9 21 29 36 3 17 26 31 64 88 5v5
SJS 1 4:07 S.J G 1-1 Couture 1 2 3 7 9 20 3 31 39 69 88   5v4
SJS 2 18:55 S.J G 2-1 Couture 1 21 23 27 29   8 12 19 22 31 39 4v5
VAN 2 15:31 VAN G 2-2 Hodgson 1 4 9 21 29 36 10 22 26 31 43 44 5v5
VAN 2 14:49   1 7 8 17 20 23 3 17 26 31 64 88 5v5
SJS 2 12:06   1 2 3 21 36 40 17 22 26 31 44 64 5v5
VAN 2 9:32   1 3 7 17 20 23 3 10 28 31 43 88 5v5
VAN 3 17:19   3 14 17 22 23 33 12 22 31 39 44 78 5v5
VAN 3 15:00   1 2 3 7 9 20 12 17 22 31 44 78 5v5
VAN 3 14:52   1 2 3 7 9 20 12 17 22 31 44 78 5v5
VAN 3 13:33   1 8 14 22 23 33 8 19 22 31 44 69 5v5
VAN 3 10:43   1 2 8 14 27 33 5 10 12 31 39 88 5v5
SJS 3 6:53   1 2 3 27 32 40 3 12 31 39 78 88 5v5
SJS 3 5:57   1 2 3 7 17 20 17 22 26 31 44 64 5v5
VAN 3 5:50 VAN G 3-2 Kesler 1 2 3 7 17 20 17 22 26 31 44 64 5v5
SJS 3 5:14   1 8 14 20 23 33 3 8 19 22 31 69 5v5
SJS 3 5:14 S.J G 3-3 Boyle 1 8 14 20 23 33 3 8 19 22 31 69 5v5


# Player EV PP SH
1 R. LUONGO 50:11 13 7 8:00 0 1 1:29 0 1
2 D. HAMHUIS 19:39 4 4 3:17 0 1 1:12 0 0
3 K. BIEKSA 21:05 5 4 2:58 0 1 1:16 0 0
4 K. BALLARD 12:40 5 0 0:09 0 0 0:00 0 0
7 D. BOOTH 13:03 6 1 3:04 0 1 0:00 0 0
8 C. TANEV 15:41 4 3 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
9 C. HODGSON 10:10 6 1 3:25 0 1 0:00 0 0
14 A. BURROWS 16:20 4 2 4:34 0 0 0:24 0 0
17 R. KESLER 13:27 5 1 4:50 0 0 1:05 0 0
20 C. HIGGINS 14:33 6 3 3:06 0 1 0:00 0 0
21 M. RAYMOND 12:24 4 2 0:04 0 0 0:13 0 1
22 D. SEDIN 15:46 2 0 4:32 0 0 0:00 0 0
23 A. EDLER 18:22 5 3 4:53 0 0 0:17 0 1
27 M. MALHOTRA 7:58 2 2 0:00 0 0 0:41 0 1
29 A. ROME 13:35 5 0 0:09 0 0 0:13 0 1
32 D. WEISE 7:22 0 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
33 H. SEDIN 15:53 4 2 4:52 0 0 0:00 0 0
36 J. HANSEN 13:28 4 2 0:04 0 0 0:35 0 0
40 M. LAPIERRE 11:29 0 3 0:03 0 0 0:00 0 0


Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 5 3 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 3 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 6 4 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 14 9 14 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

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Cam Charron is a BC hockey fan that writes about hockey on many different websites including this one.
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#1 Sam
January 21 2012, 05:26PM
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I thought Tanev and Edler did reasonably well against the Thornton line, at least based on the eye test. Tanev's lack of physicality wasn't especially apparent to me, or at least it didn't seem to hurt them.And they really limited the Thornton line offensively, but I draw this conclusion from plain old observation and not advanced stats.

Keep up the good work! These recaps are really informative, they tell me things that I wouldn't have noticed otherwise.

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#2 Triangle
January 22 2012, 01:24AM
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Nice! I love these recaps with the numbers.

The Tanev Edler pairing is interesting. I love Tanev, but there's no way he's the answer to the Canucks clear need for a top 4 d-man. Gillis better pick up one of those and some stinking grit. Mcginn was running around out there again tonight, could have easily injured someone (again), and the Canucks didn't have an answer. Time for some grit Gillis.

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