A wild, wild night at Rogers Arena that featured 11 goals, 4 goalies and three blown 2-goal leads. This is not a game that the Predators deserved to win, in my mind, and their coach, players and fans may be the first to tell you that. Click after the jump to look at scoring chance data from the game that was Thursday night…
|NSH||1||11:44||NSH G 0-2 Fisher||2||3||14||22||33||35||6||10||12||15||20||35||5v5|
|VAN||1||10:02||VAN G 2-1 Hodgson||3||7||9||20||29||35||7||10||12||20||35||5v4|
|NSH||1||0:10||NSH G 1-2 Weber||2||14||17||29||35||6||11||15||20||33||35||4v5|
|VAN||2||16:02||VAN G 3-3 Volpatti||1||4||32||40||41||54||7||13||22||24||35||59||5v5|
|VAN||2||11:44||VAN G 4-3 Burrows||1||14||22||23||29||33||8||11||25||33||35||38||5v5|
|NSH||2||3:51||NSH G 5-4 Tootoo||1||4||9||27||36||41||7||13||22||24||39||59||5v5|
|NSH||2||2:30||NSH G 5-5 Wilson||1||2||14||20||29||6||11||15||20||33||39||4v5|
|NSH||2||1:16||NSH G 5-6 Fisher||1||2||3||7||17||20||6||10||12||15||20||39||5v5|
|Period||Totals||EV||PP||5v3 PP||SH||5v3 SH|
So, what can we take away from this game…
- The Sedin line was particularly dominant, with Henrik and Daniel both +9 in chances. They were all over the puck all night, and Henrik alone set up six scoring chances. Burrows and Daniel both took four shots that resulted in chances and Henrik added a pair.
- Pekka Rinne allowed two goals that weren’t considered chances, while Cory Schneider allowed one. David Legwand took his shot very close to the goal line for the first Nashville goal and there wasn’t really a big mistake made by the defense there. As for the two Rinne goals, Daniel Sedin scored from almost below the goal-line, and Jannik Hansen took a shot from right next to the boards, well behind the circle, that Rinne completely whiffed on.
- Manny Malhotra, Dale Weise, and Aaron Volpatti were the only three Canucks who weren’t a plus in scoring chances. They were even. What a bunch of bums.
- The first star in this game could be Anders Lindback, who shut the door for the Predators after Rinne was chased, but the Canucks biggest enemy in this one was themselves. The Canucks missed the net on eight chances after Lindback came in the game and had a lot more chances at chances. Basically, this was a game that was played almost entirely in the Nashville end, and, despite the five goals, it seems like the Canucks just couldn’t put the puck in the net.
- Remember those five games where nothing was getting past Cory Schneider? Those days are passed. Nashville put eight scoring chances on Luongo and Schneider tonight, and only five of them were saved. That is legtimately awful.
- Keith Ballard passed the eye test tonight. He was skating pretty well on had some key shot blocks and shut down a partial breakaway late in the game. He was +3 in chances only, but he took a couple on his own, including one with three minutes to go that could have put the Canucks in the lead.
- Nashville won a game that the Minnesota Wild have been winning lately. They got outshot, outchanced hard, and yet somehow came out with a win. John Garrett called them “opportunistic” after the game, but that’s a stretch. “Pretty damn lucky” is a better adjective. You can’t package up the fact your opponent couldn’t shoot as heart or grit or anything that we determine to win hockey games in the traditional sense.
- I guess you can also (and Don Cherry can also say, let’s see how many guys notice this tomorrow) say that Nashville “paid the price” in this one, blocking 21 shots to Vancouver’s 12. I think we all know my opinion on blocked shots by now.
- Cody Hodgson looked better to the eyes than his chance differential. I suppose that, for the four chances he was on for, he was in on three of them, taking two shots and assisting a third.
- I saw somebody say that Luongo “sparked” the team at the start of the second. Yeah, like I believe that. The Canucks won the first period chance battle 8-3. Plus, I pre-emptively made fun of that narrative.
- Finally, a big up to Aaron Rome. He was on for 19 shots for and 3 against at even strength, was a +10 in chances, +22 in Fenwick and +27 in Corsi, all of which led the team.
YOUR STATISTICAL THREE STARS:
- Aaron Rome
- Henrik Sedin
- Alexandre Burrows