Canucks lose to Blues, or when dominating 70 percent of the game doesn't work

Patrick Johnston
February 17 2013 11:37PM


Oh pooey. Wait, that's Keith Tkachuk. And Luongo's mask is all wrong. What. Is. Going. On. (Photo: Jeff Vinnick/NHLi)

Pretty straightforward analysis here - take your chances, don't give up many to the other team, and who the hell knows what will happen in the shootout.

And maybe buy an iPad. Studying does actually help. Those of us who have been to school know that paying attention before the test usually leads to better results; of course most of still didn't do that. Then again, most of us weren't playing professional sport.

Hmmm.

The Canucks and Blues played a pretty tepid game through two periods, keeping each other to the outside - a chess game, Henrik is said to have described it as, post-game - before the Canucks exploded in the third. That explosion was on-going even before the Blues surprisingly banged home the go-ahead goal and the home team was forced to chase down the game and force overtime.

You know about the rest, but for some chance data and some analysis, click past ye ol' jumpe.

- Don't really want to read? Here's someone you know's concise summary:

- The first two periods sucked. I would rather been playing pretty much any game on my iPhone rather than have had to watch this, but you know, dear readers, I care for all of you. With Drance out of the country (yes, really) and Charron, Filipovic AND Angus wandering somewhere between downtown Vancouver and the deepest parts of the Westside, it fell to me to pick up the slack.

- The first period was manageable on its own. Two goals for the Canucks - firsts of the year for Henrik and Kesler - both off fantastic scoring chances, both involving outrageous passes. It was looking good. 

- And then you realize that the Canucks managed two goals on four, yes, FOUR, chances. Two of those were on the same powerplay, the second being Kesler's strong finish, set up from the slot by Daniel.

- Please tell me you were impressed by the Burrows and Henrik give-and-go (even if the captain did whiff on the puck). It was, to coin a phrase, nifty.

- The babble about Burrows being back with the Sedins is mostly spot-on. He was electric tonight. Apologies to Trent Klatt, Burrows is the best-attuned winger they've ever had. 

- The second period was all Blues. The Canucks just couldn't get anywhere near the net. The Blues managed five chances, though Andy McDonald's goal wasn't.

- After the stink-a-thon that was the first two periods (Yes, I know 2-2. But aesthetics, people, aesthetics.), did you expect the third period that we got? It was a thrashing. Take 'em out behind the woodshed. That kind of thing. The Canucks had six chances inside the first six minutes, including three on what seemed like an endless sequence from Raymond, Kesler and Kassian. Those were spread out about a minute-and-a-half.

- It's also slightly noteworthy that Kesler and Schroeder were flipped going into the third; Schroeder ended up skating with Chris Higgins and Zack Kassian, while Kesler was with Raymond and Hansen. The results are there, anyway.

- The Blues goal with eight minutes left wasn't even their lone chance in the period - that was by TJ Oshie, on a rush and it was actually blocked by Chris "Cam Charron" Tanev.

- After the goal, I guess the narrative would be "the Canucks pressed even harder!" Of course, they managed six chances in another six minute span, but this time that stretch ended with Mason Raymond's goal. That's was his fourth chance of the period. 

- My dad, who is actually on twitter, believe it or not, commented, "boy, Raymond sure looks better this year, doesn't he?"

- Four of those six chnces were on the powerplay. Two goals on the PP tonight and a shutout of the Blues' vaunted man advantage attack? Those are clear keys to victory, no? Oh boy.

- The overtime was more of the same. Canucks took the chance count there 3-to-1. Maybe Alex Burrows needs a new breakaway move, though there was no visual that Jake Allen consulted an iPad before Burrows hit the blue line.

- I watched the shootout as fast as possible and then stopped watching, but how can anyone mock the use of an iPad to prep for a shootout. Soccer teams have been looking for shootout edges forever. Why should hockey be different?

 

 

- At least Sunday night generally means dinner at the parents. We had roast pork. It was lovely.

SCORING CHANCE DATA

  1st 2nd 3rd OT Total
StL 2 5 (7) 1 (8) 1 (9) 9
Van 4 1 (5) 12 (17) 3 (20) 20

Skater Chances taken Chance assists Total
Alex Burrows 6 1 7
Daniel Sedin 4 1 5
Mason Raymond 4   4
Ryan Kesler 2   2
Henrik Sedin 1 1 2
Jannik Hansen 1   1
Higgins 1   1
Zack Kassian 1   1
Schroeder   1 1

 

 

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Patrick Johnston is a Vancouver journalist. In addition to regular contributions here at Canucks Army, his work has appeared in The Province, Hockey Now and on the CBC. Check out his blog and other writing at http://johnstonwrites.wordpress.com or follow him on twitter: @risingaction
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#1 Wetcoaster
February 18 2013, 01:28AM
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Speaking of roast pork, if you haven't had it from a Chinese BBQ shop, then you're missing out. Most are decent, but the shop under the Richmond Superstore and the shop inside Parker Place with the perpetual line-up are the best.

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#2 Steve_May
February 18 2013, 08:03AM
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Bang on. Two straight regression games. The addition of Kesler has made the team deeper (as will the addition of Booth on the road trip). Kesler may be "100% healthy" but he's not 100% game ready yet - but that will improve.

Also Booth's addition should allow for AV to give some doghouse time to players - either on the 4th line or the press box - it would not surprise me to see AV scratch Kassian for Booth's first game back (and the scribes will say AV hates young players) - but Kassian has (at least up until the 3rd period last night) - lacked focus in his last few games. I should go check his chance stats.

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#3 Unknown Comic
February 18 2013, 12:14PM
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I'm told fights are supposed to give one team momentum. Volpatti fought Reaves and STL scored the next goal. However, Vancouver outchanced STL 15-2 through the 3rd and OT. Please help me understand this mystical thing called momentum....

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#5 BrudnySeaby
February 18 2013, 01:38PM
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@ Steve_May. I'm with you there. Kassian even had these drifting moments when he was still playing with the Sedins where he would just float or make a line change at an inopportune moment. But let's not forget he's still really young and apparently didn't have the same benefit as a Schroeder who's been coached well in the AHL and seems to be in the right position at all times. So hopefully the Canucks coaches actually do some coaching here to bring him along, rather than AV just stapling him to the bench after a mistake (which is detrimental to one's self-confidence I would argue and leads to more mistakes!).

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