Canucks Army Postgame: Rock You Like a Hurricane

That's Offside!
December 01 2013 04:44PM

Well after that dog's breakfast of a game in New York yesterday, we can probably forgive Canucks fans that decided to say "to hell with this", and do something more productive with their Sunday morning than watch Vancouver play a second consecutive morning game against a bottom-feeder in the worst division in the NHL. And let's be honest, anyone who missed this game missed essentially nothing. Aside from a bizarre sequence in the 2nd when 3 goals were scored in 37 seconds, it wasn't a very eventful game.

So if you're just waking up now, and it's 4 in the afternoon, you can be thankful that your friends at Canucks Army appreciate you so much that we watched the spreadsheets entire game and put this handy recap together just for you. Now read the damn thing so our work doesn't go to waste.

The Rundown

Unlike their showing in New York, Vancouver got off to a very strong start. After Jannik Hansen was denied on a breakaway chance, Ryan Kesler hacked home a rebound on an early 5-on-3 to open the scoring. It was just the 3rd time in the past 13 games and 10th time in 29 games this season that the Canucks opened the scoring of a hockey game. That's less than good, especially considering the only teams that have scored the first goal fewer times than Vancouver are Florida, Carolina, Ottawa, Calgary and Buffalo.

Then things got weird. After Jannik Hansen awkwardly fell into the boards, Ryan Kesler was allowed a shift with Zac Dalpe and Canucks Army hero, fan favourite, and Vancouver icon Tom Sestito. The sorta-4th line generated some good pressure (!), and led to a Tom Sestito goal (!!) and Zac Dalpe's first point as a Vancouver Canuck (!!!). The highlights:

Things were looking good at this point. A 2-0 1st period lead, a significant advantage in the Fenwicks, a powerplay goal... It was almost all too good to be true.

Turns out that yeah, it totally was. The first minute of the second period was an abomination, and save for Ryan Kesler stopping the bleeding with his second goal of the game, the last 19 minutes were pretty bad as well. Jordan Staal and Nathan Gerbe scored just 10 seconds apart as Dan Hamhuis and Chris Tanev got hung with the rare minus-2 on one shift. Tanev had a particularly bad sequence, as his broken stick led to the rush that resulted in the Jordan Staal goal, and his blown coverage allowed Eric Staal to walk unmolested up main street and Nathan Gerbe (who was originally Tanev's check) to fire in the rebound off Lack to tie the game at 2-2.

Ryan Kesler's second goal of the game managed to take back the lead though, and the Canucks were content to hang on for dear life from there, nursing the 3-2 lead all the way home. The Kesler goal:

The 3rd period was highlighted by Alex Burrows saving a goal by pulling a puck off the goal line during a Hurricanes powerplay. This punctuated a good night for Vancouver's #POWERKILL, which continues to be the very best in the NHL this year. They killed off all 6 opportunities the woeful Canes powerplay had on the night, and were probably the only reason why the Canucks were able to close out this game. As you'll see in the next part, it wasn't a particularly good win.

The Numbers

 Via ExtraSkater

The game wasn't good. From the start of the 2nd period, Carolina out-attempted Vancouver 38-12. Sure some of that was PP-driven, but that's still nothing resembling a strong performance. As for individual performance, it was bizzaro world for the Canucks as the Sedins both uncharacteristically got their teeth kicked in at even strength to the tune of 42.9% Corsi for Daniel and 38.1%(!!!!) for Henrik. By contrast, the Edler-Garrison pairing that has struggled at times this season wound up leading all Canucks regulars in possession, and Mike Santorelli and Dale Weise were tops among Canuck forwards. That chill you just felt was hell freezing over.

If it's worth anything, the Canucks out-chanced Carolina 14-12 according to excellent Hurricanes blogger Corey Snajzder. So yay for shot quality and all that. Still, it's nice to get wins you don't deserve when you massively out-play the Sharks, Kings and Stars and have nothing to show for it. It happens. Let's enjoy it.

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Before we go, I want to make a point about winning low-scoring games. Blake Price tweeted a thing then I tweeted a thing then Cam got involved and there was gunfire and explosions and it got messy. Anyways, Blake brought up the fact that the Canucks had yet to win a game when scoring two or fewer goals this season, and cited the amount of wins that San Jose, Los Angeles, Chicago and Anaheim had under these circumstances. He then implied that it was cause for concern, seeing as they were able to win all sorts of games "with ease" in the past.

First of all, even during their back-to-back President's Trophy seasons the Canucks never had a winning record in games where they scored two or fewer goals. In fact, between 2010 and 2012, they were 24 games under .500 when failing to reach 3 goals in a game. Blake then claimed that the Canucks were 8-0-2 last year when scoring two goals or less. They weren't. Their actual win-loss record was 5-12. Also, the group of teams he compared Vancouver to this season combined to go 19-47 last year in games where they scored two or fewer goals.

The point is this: losing more games than you win when you don't score 3 goals is normal. If you expect consistent, continued success in "low-scoring games," you're going to be thoroughly disappointed. There are valid criticisms of Vancouver, but saying "they're bad at winning games 2-1" isn't one of them since every single team in the NHL is bad at winning games 2-1.

The Conclusion

No more matinee games. Please for the love of god, no more matinee games. Fortunately, the next game is on Tuesday at a much more reasonable 5 PM PST. Unfortunately, it's against the Nashville Predators so it'll be just another barn-burner for sure, but at least Marek Mazanec in net so it'll give the Canucks the opportunity to score a few easy goals. Oh what's that? He has a .932 save percentage on the year? Never mind then.

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#1 Matt
December 01 2013, 05:04PM
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Henrik looked like he was having trouble with the puck all game, fumbling and bumbling with it. It was bizarre.

That Fenwick chart is textbook score effects though. Vancouver never trailed in this game and lead for almost all of it - you'd expect in that situation the opposition would get more shots, particularly when the opposition gets twice as many power play chances.

Still, first period great, second and third periods not so great. But a win's a win.

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#2 Ryan B
December 01 2013, 05:13PM
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Blake Price, what a tool.

How that sniveling whiny POS manages to keep his gig is beyond me.

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#3 van
December 01 2013, 05:29PM
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Can we get some happy posts please? I know stats and realism and all that malarky, but it's Christmas and what with NM00 stinking up the joint, this place is getting depressing. Something about how good Bieksa's been or something. Make it up, I don't care.

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#4 NM00
December 01 2013, 05:52PM
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Goaltending controversy part two...

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#5 CharRicho
December 01 2013, 06:17PM
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Blake Price is pretty much the reason that no intelligent person I know can stand to listen to Team 1040 talk about the Canucks. What a tool.

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#6 acg5151
December 01 2013, 06:31PM
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Wasn't Team 1040 the group that started the whole Luongo as SCF scapegoat thing?

Blake Price - what a laugh.

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#7 acg5151
December 01 2013, 06:33PM
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NM00 wrote:

Goaltending controversy part two...

The window has closed AMIRITE????!!!!!???

OMG WE HAVE NM00 IN DA HOUSE!!! HOLY COW GET READY FOR HIM TO TOTALLY NOT REPEAT STUFF HE HAS SAID BEFORE OVER AGAIN!!!

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#8 NM00
December 01 2013, 07:24PM
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acg5151 wrote:

The window has closed AMIRITE????!!!!!???

OMG WE HAVE NM00 IN DA HOUSE!!! HOLY COW GET READY FOR HIM TO TOTALLY NOT REPEAT STUFF HE HAS SAID BEFORE OVER AGAIN!!!

You totally nailed that team 1040 audition...

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#9 Rusty
December 01 2013, 07:39PM
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@acg5151

NM00. #brokenrecord

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#10 pheenster
December 01 2013, 07:46PM
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Glad to see not much has changed around here.

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#12 acg5151
December 01 2013, 08:41PM
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@That's Offside!

I think we need some more 'The window has closed' to cheer us up.

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#13 Nanodummy
December 01 2013, 08:56PM
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acg5151 wrote:

I think we need some more 'The window has closed' to cheer us up.

The playoff window or the excel spreadsheet window?

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#14 JFR
December 01 2013, 10:59PM
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A win is a win, but it seemed to me that the Canucks were trying to give the game away. This team is talented, but something is missing. Kesler brought back the get to the front attitude, but was lazy on a back check. They need to get on a roll and start to put the hammer down. Intensity will be the difference.

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#15 Nateb123
December 02 2013, 01:15AM
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Rusty wrote:

NM00. #brokenrecord

#allMGsfault #Canuckssuck #whydoesnobodyloveme?

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#16 PB
December 02 2013, 04:41AM
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@Nateb123

Why is it always the window that's closed? Why isn't it the barn door?

We need to do something bold. Real bold. Paul Holmgren bold. Let's convince the Sedins, Bieksa and Kesler to take a trade to the KHL for the whole roster of Vityaz Chekov. A whole team of (tougher) Sestitos!

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#17 acg5151
December 02 2013, 08:17AM
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Trade the Sedins straight up for Colton a Orr and Frazer McLaren and run a Tostito - McLaren - Orr first line.

Don Cherry would love the Canucks.

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#18 NM00
December 02 2013, 11:28AM
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Glad to see delusional Canuck fans have found something in which to take comfort...

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#19 NM00
December 02 2013, 11:29AM
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Glad to see delusional Canuck fans have found something in which to take comfort...

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#20 PB
December 02 2013, 11:58AM
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@NM00

From now on, even though I think you have some interesting points to make, it's going to be hard not to read your posts and not think of that face that Komisarek is making.

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