April 16 2015 11:19AM
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Willie Desjardins, in his first year as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, was disciplined in his approach to rolling four forward lines and all three defense pairings. It worked for the club, as the team improved on their 2013-14 performance by 17 points in Desjardins' first year behind the bench.
Going into this series the Canucks' two best players, Henrik and Daniel Sedin, had played fewer minutes per game than they had in over half a decade. They were thought to be rested. Meanwhile the Calgary Flames entered this series with four defenseman (three of them healthy) playing over 23 minutes per game and their third-pair defensemen rarely see the ice.
Presumably that should be an advantage for the Canucks, particularly late in games. It didn't go down that way in Vancouver's series opening loss though.
April 16 2015 11:00AM
At this point, playoff losses are old hat and yet... despair still creeps in. No time for sadness here, though. The Canucks got sexy and it needs to be analyzed.
April 16 2015 12:43AM
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Vancouver dropped a disappointing playoff opener to the Calgary Flames by a 2-1 score on Wednesday night, but lost in the talk about turnovers and ice time was the fact that Calgary's game-tying third period goal that came courtesy of David Jones should not have counted, but was allowed to stand thanks to a missed call by the officiating crew.
Continue after the jump to find out what blown call cost the Canucks a third period lead.
April 15 2015 11:48PM
Brian Burke. Thrilled. pic.twitter.com/bGCPdGDzXO— Mike Martignago (@MikeMartignago) April 16, 2015
For a while, it looked like the Vancouver Canucks really came to play tonight against the Calgary Flames in their home playoff opener. They had jump in their steps, fire in their bellies, and looked like a team determined to make a statement in game one that would last the rest of their series. They outplayed Calgary early and generated scoring chances, but couldn't put the Flames away.
And then they wilted down the stretch, falling into a defensive shell with a tenuous 1-0 lead in the 3rd period, which proved to be a fatal calculation. The Flames tied the game off of a botched breakout, and then won it with just 30 seconds to go in regulation after a defensive zone fire drill to take a 1-0 lead in this best-of-7 series and steal home ice advantage away from the Canucks.
Read past the jump for a recap of tonight's disappointing playoff opener.
April 15 2015 08:58PM
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom got heated during Wednesday night's American Hockey League tilt between the Utica Comets and the Binghampton Senators.
Late in the second period Canucks prospect Frank Corrado was jumped by Senators forward Darren Kramer and bludgeoned repeatedly. Kramer wouldn't let up and right from the get go Markstrom wanted in on the action, despite the efforts of the on-ice officials to diffuse the situation.
It was to no avail and Markstrom finally got his hands on (and his fists into) Senators goaltender Peter Mannino. As a result of the fight, and his actions in evading the officials, Markstrom was assessed 29 minutes in penalties for a variety of infractions including a minor for "leaving the crease" and a major for engaging in a "secondary altercation."