February 20 2017 09:00AM
February 20 2017 12:01AM
If the Canucks could win tonight's game, they'd sit just two points removed from the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. Instead, the visiting Philadelphia Flyers left tonight's contest one win removed from a playoff spot in the East.
One can hardly blame the Canucks. We don't call the second half of a back-to-back a scheduled loss for nothing. I tend to think that adage is doubly true when the unrested team plays the same goalie twice, as the Canucks opted to tonight with 36-year-old Ryan Miller. That's tempting fate.
It looked like that decision would sink Vancouver right off the hop, too. Five minutes in Wayne Simmonds sent home a Shayne Gostisbehere point shot that squeaked through Miller and into the yawning cage. By the second period, the Flyers had a three-goal lead on fifteen shots with fifteen-plus minutes left in the second.
As they have all season, the Canucks refused to go gentle into that good night, though. They fought back. Markus Granlund started the attempted comeback with his fifteenth goal of the season. A Ben Hutton breakout pass keyed a Bo Horvat rush, and Jannik Hansen was there to pot the rebound and claw the Canucks to within one. This, with room to spare in the second frame.
That's as close as the Canucks came to accomplishing the improbable and hitting the bye week on the highest of high notes. Miller stopped 25 of 28 shots for the Canucks. Michal Neuvirth stopped 18 of 20 Canucks' shots. The Flyers take today's match 3-2.
February 19 2017 04:56PM
- Monday Mailbag (J.D. Burke)
- What Would You Do Wednesday (Jackson McDonald)
- Weekly Prospect Report (Ryan Biech)
- Babych Please (Grainne Downey)
- What They're Saying: Jim Benning Addresses the Trade Deadline (Vanessa Jang)
- Utica Comets Week in Review (Jeremy Davis)
- Roundtable (Matthew Henderson)
- Canucks Army Podcast (Satiar Shah)
February 19 2017 03:00PM
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February 19 2017 09:00AM
With almost identical records, the Canucks take on the Flyers before their mandated "bye week" and if they can somehow pull it off again tonight, the Canucks can pull within a win of eight place in the West. The bye kind of crushes that but it will give everyone a week to dream about a better place.
We all deserve this, it's been a trying season.