Canucks Avoid Elimination in Game 4

Thomas Drance
April 19 2012 10:37AM


(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)

Well that was more like it!

The Canucks remaing firmly on the chopping block, but with Wednesday night's performance they've secured a stay of execution and will live to play another game on Sunday, in Vancouver. The Canucks were slow out of the gate and frankly looked like a team resigned to their fate through twenty minutes. Cory Schneider, and the hockey gods physics and luck, however, had other plans. With the exception of a pitch-perfect Anze Kopitar snipe and some rebound control issues in the first period - Cory Schneider was absolutely dynamite, and a fortunate bounce off of a Kevin Bieksa point shot gave the Canucks their first fortunate bounce of the series.

In the third period, to their credit, the Canucks took over. L.A. had a couple of chances - a Dustin Brown penalty shot, and a Justin Williams shot from the slot that hit the post - but Vancouver successfully shut the pace of the game down and safely preserved their lead. The club's power-play looked conspicuously dangerous, cashing in twice and putting the game away in the third.

It wasn't the Canucks best game, hell, it wasn't even their best game of the series - but the club got the win they needed and will look to continue their Houdini act going forward.

Know hope, friends!

More analysis, scoring chance data and the statistical three stars (and goats) after the jump!

- Let's begin, as always, with the most important numbers. The Canucks were out-chanced 21 to 14 in game four, they were out-chanced 12-8 at even-strength and 6-1 with the score tied. The city of Vancouver owes Cory Schneider a massive, massive thank you.

- The Canucks "won" the special teams battle last night, but they required a good bit of luck (and some outrageous play from Cory Schneider) to do so. In six minutes of short-handed ice-time the Canucks allowed six scoring chances against, which, is really not good at all. We tend to expect a chance against every 90 seconds of short-handed ice-time, and consider that "good." A chance against per minute? That's really, really not good, especially against an offensively challenged club like the Kings. The Canucks are going to need to tighten this up going forward, or they're going to have to play much more disciplined than they have so far.

- Speaking of discipline, if only to prove that no club is innocent when it comes to 'playoff hockey' Henrik Sedin took a shot at Dustin Brown's head while Brown was on his knees. Dustin Brown is somewhat of a dirty player, and had just finished an egregious slash on Daniel, but the Canucks have no margin for error, and Henrik can't afford to be suspended. Also, while it wasn't the massive and grotesque issue unhinged Oilers bloggers predictably made it out to be on Twitter (it wasn't even the dirtiest incident in the game, Colin Fraser's knee on Keith Ballard earns that distinction) it was a pretty dirty play on Henrik's part. Hated it.

- After getting away from hard-matching Pahlsson's group against Kopitar's following a dominant game from the Kings first line in game 1 - Alain Vigneault went back to his "checking group" last night and they were much more successful. Kopitar's line controlled possession, but only managed two scoring chances at even-strength (and one of them was borderline, and the other completely Mason Raymond's fault). If the third line can continue to play Kopitar's group to a relative draw - the Canucks could pull off a miracle in this series, yet.

- Willie Mitchell and Slava Voynov were the best Kings players yesterday, and the Kings did very well to control possession while they were on the ice. They were matched up primarily against Kesler's line and they handled that match up very well. Drew Doughty and Rob Scuderi, who make up Los Angeles' ostensible first pairing, on the other hand were godawful. Let's call that the "Daniel Sedin effect."

- The Canucks completely dominated the third period, and sealed the game with a dynamic, vintage, first unit power-play shift in that period. That was about as epic a power-play shift as you'll ever see - the Canucks managed five scoring chances in the space of ninety seconds, and at the other end of the ice surrendered a penalty shot to Dustin Brown, which, Cory Schneider managed to stymie.

- In this series, the Kings have scored two short-handed goals, had a short-handed penalty shot in game 4, and overall the Kings have managed six short-handed scoring chances in the series. Canucks fans hate when Sami Salo isn't on the point on the power-play, and for good reason: he's got the best slap-shot of any Vancouver blueliner. He's also, however, the slowest defenseman on the club and was on the ice when Dustin Brown stole the puck, went in alone and drew the penalty shot on Wednesday. I wouldn't mind seeing Tanev or Ballard out on the second unit power-play instead. Sure they take some offense off of the table, but they can act as a safety. With no margin for error, I think it's a worthwhile sacrifice.

- If Daniel Sedin and the first power-play unit find their legs, that'll change the balance of power in this series dramatically. The Kings have been the rougher team through four games, and they've been confidently able to do that because of Vancouver's complete incompetence with the man-advantage. A couple more power-play shifts like the one the Canucks put together in the third period, however, and LA will be forced off of their game...

- On a related note, boy is it ever good to have Daniel Sedin back. It's probable that the Canucks will not make it out of the first round, but the priviledge of enjoying some vintage Sedinery on Wednesday night really made me feel better about where the Canucks are at in this series.

- If the Canucks can reproduce their performance from games three and the third period of game four over the balance of this series, they'll have a fighting shot at forcing game 7. It remains unlikely, but there were some positive signs over the past two games and maybe, just maybe the Canucks can make that fourth Kings win an illusive one. Game five goes Sunday on Griffiths Way.

Statistical Three Stars

  1. Cory Schneider
  2. Willie Mitchell
  3. Daniel Sedin

Statistical Three Goats

  1. Drew Doughty
  2. Kevin Bieksa
  3. Rob Scuderi

External Resources

Corsi/Fenwick

Zone Starts

Head-to-Head Ice Time

Event Summary

Scoring Chances

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 30154

Team Period Time Note VAN Opponent  
LA 1 14:05   2 3 14 17 21 35 10 26 32 33 74 77 5v5
LA 1 14:04   2 3 14 17 21 35 10 26 32 33 74 77 5v5
LA 1 10:46   2 3 9 27 35 40 2 15 24 27 32 71 5v5
LA 1 10:32   2 3 9 27 35 40 2 15 24 27 32 71 5v5
LA 1 9:11   4 7 8 22 33 35 7 8 22 25 28 32 5v5
VAN 1 7:43   2 3 14 17 21 35 11 14 23 26 32 33 5v5
LA 1 7:00 GOAL 6 14 17 21 23 35 2 11 23 27 32 71 5v5
LA 1 5:57   2 3 7 22 33 35 7 8 22 25 28 32 5v5
VAN 1 5:12   3 14 17 21 23 35 10 26 32 33 74 77 5v5
VAN 1 4:05   2 22 23 33 35 36 2 15 24 27 32 71 5v5
LA 1 0:02   6 7 22 23 26 35 7 8 15 24 32 71 5v5
LA 2 18:47   3 22 23 33 35 36 11 14 23 26 32 33 5v5
LA 2 18:34   2 8 17 21 27 35 10 26 32 33 74 77 5v5
VAN 2 12:07   8 9 23 27 35 40 15 24 26 32 33 71 5v5
LA 2 9:23   2 6 20 26 35 36 2 11 14 23 27 32 5v5
LA 2 5:48   2 3 14 17 35   8 10 11 27 32 77 4v5
LA 2 5:39   2 3 14 17 35   8 10 11 27 32 77 4v5
LA 2 3:25   3 14 17 23 35   8 10 11 27 32 77 4v5
LA 2 2:50   3 20 23 26 35   8 10 11 27 32 77 4v5
LA 2 2:42   3 20 23 26 35   8 10 11 27 32 77 4v5
VAN 2 1:10   7 8 22 23 33 35 14 23 26 28 32 33 5v5
VAN 3 16:22   6 7 22 23 33 35 10 26 32 33 74 77 5v5
VAN 3 16:04   6 7 22 23 33 35 10 26 32 33 74 77 5v5
VAN 3 14:54   3 6 17 22 33 35 7 8 11 23 32   5v4
VAN 3 15:39   2 17 22 23 33 35 2 10 22 32 33   5v4
VAN 3 15:32   2 17 22 23 33 35 2 10 22 32 33   5v4
LA 3 14:37 PS 3 6 17 22 33 35 7 8 11 23 32   5v4
VAN 3 14:17   2 17 22 23 33 35 2 22 28 32 33   5v4
VAN 3 14:16 GOAL 2 17 22 23 33 35 2 22 28 32 33   5v4
LA 3 12:12   4 23 26 35 36   8 11 14 23 32 33 4v5
VAN 3 3:19   2 3 20 26 35 36 23 24 26 27 32 71 5v5
LA 3 1:58   2 3 14 17 35 40 8 11 14 23 27 32 5v5
LA 3 1:47   6 14 17 23 35 40 8 11 14 23 27 28 EN
LA 3 1:45   2 3 27 35 36   8 10 11 23 77   EN
LA 3 1:14   2 3 14 26 35   8 10 11 23 77   EN

 Canucks Skaters

# Player EV PP SH
2 D. HAMHUIS 20:11 3 8 3:00 4 0 2:13 0 2
3 K. BIEKSA 20:49 3 7 1:23 1 1 2:19 0 5
4 K. BALLARD 14:02 0 1 0:00 0 0 2:33 0 1
6 S. SALO 13:23 2 3 1:14 1 1 2:28 0 0
7 D. BOOTH 14:24 3 3 0:46 0 0 0:00 0 0
8 C. TANEV 15:12 2 2 0:00 0 0 0:21 0 0
9 Z. KASSIAN 3:52 1 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
14 A. BURROWS 13:31 2 4 0:46 0 0 1:37 0 3
17 R. KESLER 13:00 2 5 3:37 5 1 2:28 0 3
20 C. HIGGINS 11:28 1 1 0:46 0 0 1:46 0 2
21 M. RAYMOND 10:05 2 4 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
22 D. SEDIN 15:46 4 4 3:37 5 1 0:10 0 0
23 A. EDLER 16:28 6 3 3:09 4 0 2:06 0 4
26 S. PAHLSSON 15:43 1 3 0:00 0 0 2:16 0 3
27 M. MALHOTRA 8:02 1 3 0:00 0 0 1:35 0 0
33 H. SEDIN 15:55 4 3 3:37 5 1 0:10 0 0
35 C. SCHNEIDER 49:37 8 12 4:23 5 1 6:00 0 6
36 J. HANSEN 15:43 2 2 0:00 0 0 1:58 0 1
40 M. LAPIERRE 8:44 1 3 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0

 Kings Skaters

# Player EV PP SH
2 M. GREENE 12:07 5 4 0:00 0 0 2:50 0 4
7 R. SCUDERI 18:09 1 3 0:00 0 0 1:36 1 1
8 D. DOUGHTY 21:43 1 7 4:30 6 0 1:33 1 1
10 M. RICHARDS 15:52 5 5 3:26 5 0 1:13 0 2
11 A. KOPITAR 14:47 2 7 4:16 6 0 1:57 1 1
14 J. WILLIAMS 13:42 2 4 2:34 1 0 0:00 0 0
15 B. RICHARDSON 10:14 2 3 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
22 T. LEWIS 10:29 4 2 0:00 0 0 1:52 0 4
23 D. BROWN 15:20 4 7 2:34 1 0 1:41 1 1
24 C. FRASER 10:18 3 3 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
25 D. PENNER 9:56 0 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
26 S. VOYNOV 15:47 7 4 1:30 0 0 0:00 0 0
27 A. MARTINEZ 11:05 2 6 3:26 5 0 0:00 0 0
28 J. STOLL 10:28 3 3 1:44 0 0 1:13 0 0
32 J. QUICK 47:39 12 8 6:00 6 0 4:23 1 5
33 W. MITCHELL 18:44 10 4 2:34 1 0 2:47 0 4
71 J. NOLAN 10:11 3 4 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
74 D. KING 13:51 3 3 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
77 J. CARTER 15:38 3 5 3:26 5 0 0:50 0 0

Totals (Canucks on the left)

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 8 3 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 2 8 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
3 9 5 3 1 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 14 21 8 12 5 1 0 0 0 6 0 0

 

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Thomas Drance lives in Toronto, eats spicy food and writes about hockey. He is an NHL News Editor at theScore, the ex-managing editor of CanucksArmy.com and an opinionated blowhard to boot. You can follow him on twitter @thomasdrance.
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#1 The Stanchion
April 19 2012, 10:42AM
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I will not have you speak ill of the Henrik Sedin Pimp Slap.

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#3 The Stanchion
April 19 2012, 12:29PM
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Classy? Man, I'm glad you didn't stick to cliches on that one.

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#4 OneTimer
April 19 2012, 11:27PM
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@antro

You meant: "... basic literacy abilities to understand what they have written."

Good try though.

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#5 The Stanchion
April 19 2012, 11:27AM
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Well yes, we all wish he could have connected harder, but he was off balance.

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#6 Josh
April 19 2012, 11:36AM
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^^ Hear, hear!

I think if any lesson has been learned over the last few years it's been that the league is not gonna protect your star players. (Chris Rock voice) I'm not saying he should have elbowed him... but I understand.

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#7 Web Design Dave
April 19 2012, 11:40AM
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Sad Sutter! http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/4023/sadsutter.jpg

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#8 Mantastic
April 19 2012, 11:49AM
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@The Stanchion

classy

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#9 peanutflower
April 19 2012, 11:49AM
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Well, I for one completely enjoyed seeing Henrik give that little punk a slap. He completely deserved it. And more. I don't care if it was dirty.

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#10 Mantastic
April 19 2012, 11:51AM
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@peanutflower

and yet canucks fans were crying that daniel got a flying elbow to the face... typical vancouver.

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#11 Krieger
April 19 2012, 12:06PM
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@Mantastic

Ah, yes, a backhanded swat with a forearm without any weight behind it is basically the same thing as a flying elbow. Yessir. And before you bring up the blood, that was from the puck that nailed him in the noggin before Sedin got there.

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#12 Mantastic
April 19 2012, 12:14PM
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It doesn't matter about blood or weight behind it. it's a hit that has to be taken out of the game. Elbow itself was illegal and the fact it also hit someone in the head is also illegal... typical vancouver...

and btw i was responding to the reference that it was somehow deserved, where daniels flying elbow was also somewhat deserved.

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#13 Dmac
April 19 2012, 12:29PM
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Ah ... getting back to the game ...it was fun to watch, the game, the return of the powerplay, the goaltending. Looking ahead, the Kings are going to come up with something to slow down the Sedins. So without goals from other players - Kesler, Hansen (he is due for a goal), Booth, etc - i fear this series will end before game 7

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#14 Mantastic
April 19 2012, 12:36PM
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well i'm glad you totally went the high road on that one and wanted someone to get injured. classy

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#15 antro
April 19 2012, 12:39PM
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@ Mantastic:

So you're saying that Thomas Drance, who runs a blog called "Canucks Army," isn't a typical Vancouver fan because he called Henrik out for the hit? Or perhaps your gross over-generalization which lacks any evidence or basis in reality is because you are a "typical" hockey fan, who is unable to distinguish that an opposing team has fans who hold different opinions on something about their team? Oh, I know, that's a crazy theory, and it's much easier for your poor little head to keep things simple: one team, one kind of fan. No exceptions.

I've already said this here, but a Canucks blog of this quality really does deserve higher quality trolls.

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#16 Mantastic
April 19 2012, 12:40PM
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@antro

i was responding to Krieger...

#facepalm

a canucks blog of this quality needs high quality comments and people who can read things in order.

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#17 Gr8tonice
April 19 2012, 01:45PM
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Suprising comment from a team that has dealt with injuries

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#18 dan
April 19 2012, 01:54PM
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thomas;

Mitchell was a -11 Fenwick??? why was he the best player? For me Richardson was a hose his line+22 Fenwick??

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#19 dan
April 19 2012, 01:56PM
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here is the link that shows the fenwick numbers :

http://timeonice.com/shots1112.php?gamenumber=30154

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#21 antro
April 19 2012, 02:01PM
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@Mantastic

"and yet canucks fans were crying that daniel got a flying elbow to the face... typical vancouver"

I realize this is complicated for you. But when you write something of this nature, you are not responding to one commenter. You are generalizing. That's what "canucks fans" and "typical vancouver" mean in these sentences. Poor little Mantastic. Not man enough to stand up for his own claims. #facepalm

A Canucks blog of this quality needs trolls who actually have basic literacy abilities to understand what they mean when they write.

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#22 dan
April 19 2012, 02:04PM
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I have that teams have scored 7% of shorthanded opportunities in playoffs since lockout.

a goal every 6 chances? would mean a chance every 2.00 minutes..if my rough math is right?

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#23 dan
April 19 2012, 02:09PM
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@Thomas Drance

Fair enough...but yr making a good case for shot quality - L.A.'s defense and their long-term ability to allow less dangerous shots, if so, then I was correct that Quick's performance this year is somewhat overrated... This is my view...that L.A> defense is top-notch..I should have realized you were using chance data. yr right Mitchell played a strong game!wish he never left!

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#24 Mantastic
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I wasn't comparing the hit, i was comparing who "deserved" the hit. huge difference.

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#25 Mantastic
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@antro

I would love to explain it to you, but i fresh out of crayons and puppets. if you don't know the meaning of the word typical, there is not hope in this world for you

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