Canucks Army Postgame: Lack, Tanev star for Canucks (seriously) in win


Coming into this game against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Canucks had a ‘Läck” of wins in either regulation or overtime when they scored two or fewer goals. Fans also had a ‘Läck’ of trust in the Canucks when they were ahead by one goal in the third. Starting goalie Edward Läck also had a ‘Läck’ of shutouts in his NHL career, but by the end of the game, it was the Carolina Hurricanes who found that they had a ‘Läck’ of goals scored, as the Canucks won 2-0.

It wasn’t without drama. For instance, at the start of the third period, I had changed the channel and misplaced my remote control. The Canucks got a goal in the first period from one unlikely source, and then an empty-net goal to seal the deal with 74 seconds left on the clock. While Roberto Luongo dropped a shutout a night earlier against Colorado with seven seconds left, Carolina didn’t register any late attempts at net to break Läck’s perfect game. 


Thankfully, Jannik Hansen scored the empty-net goal, because our post editor would have rejected the headline “Chris Tanev scores lone goal to secure 1-0 shutout win in Eddie Läck’s home debut” on grounds of the situation being deemed too implausible. (Parts of our posting software seem prehistoric. If you accidentally hit the ‘Back’ button on your browser, you’ll lose the whole post, but it does have some pretty cool features when it comes to managing editorial content). 

Indeed, though, it was Tanev’s seeing-eye wrist shot that eluded a crowd and Justin Peters 3:35 into the game, moments after Mike Santorelli had recorded the Canucks’ very first shot of the game:

The best part of this sequence is Chris Tanev faking the slapshot. I don’t recall any instance where a Chris Tanev slapshot ever got over a foot off the ground and wasn’t dipping by the time it made it halfway to the net. He has a pretty good wrist shot though. It’s not hard, but he picks his spots well and his shots aren’t often blocked.

So there was that.

The Canucks got some very good chances through the rest of the period, including two good ones killing a penalty, and a rare two-on-one miss from Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Unfortunately, they failed to extend their lead and played almost the entire game up by a goal, which is just going to be dreadful for the team’s overall Corsi numbers.

Läck certainly earned full value for his shutout. He made some pretty good stops in tight, and the Canes have a lot of offensive talent up front. He made 27 stops at 5-on-5 and 31 overall, including 5 off of Jeff Skinner, 4 off Jiri Tlusty and 3 off Nathan Gerbe, who has had a very good year after being bought out by Buffalo in the summer.


Thanks, of course, to ExtraSkater for their awesome game information.

The Canucks went on a pretty good run after their goal and took over the game a little before the 16-minute mark, as you can see. However, score effects kicked in, and Carolina out-attempted Vancouver 16-11 in the third period, counting only unblocked shots.

But they contained Carolina. It wasn’t a real crazy push except for the shift right before the Canes pulled their goal. They got three point shots through to Läck but he kept them all out.

The Canucks’ top pair of Tanev and Dan Hamhuis had the bulk of the possession, the Canucks getting 56.8% and 54.8% of the shot attempts with them on the ice. Tanev again saw big minutes, playing 20:03 of ice-time ice-time at evens, leading the team. That pairing played a little over 11 minutes against the Hurricanes top line, and Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu were pretty quiet, though Skinner was a bounce or two away from a big night.

Best forward line was the Sedins, who played the bulk of the game with Hansen. The twins Corsi’d 52%, while Hansen was buried when away from them. No Canucks was able to rack up a good Corsi total due to a limited number of offensive zone starts. Läck covered the puck often, with 24 faceoffs starting in the defensive zone and 10 in the offensive zone, at evens.

And now we wait until a Friday-Saturday back-to-back against Edmonton and Boston. If you’re splitting the starts, who do you send Roberto Luongo out against? It would be nice to see him exorcise his demons against Boston, in my view, but I’m also of the theory that you play your backup against the toughest team in a back-to-back and push hard to get at least a split.

So that’ll be something to argue about this week.

  • Brent

    ‘but I’m also of the theory that you play your backup against the toughest team in a back-to-back and push hard to get at least a split.’

    intuitively i really don’t think this would make a difference in the long run. is there an easy way to quantify the better choice of action?

  • I have a feeling Torts will start Luongo in both games, even though I think it’s a bad idea. I doubt he’ll ever start the backup two games in a row without injury, which means Luongo takes Edmonton. But then he doesn’t want to send the signal that Luongo “can’t play” against Boston or is somehow being reserved for the easier games, so he’ll go again the night after.

    I don’t ever like the same goalie playing two nights in a row, but Tortorella already did it once this season.

  • Hansen looked really good last night playing with the Sedins. He showed some hands I didn’t think he actually owned. Colour me impressed. It didn’t lead to goals, but he seemed to play with energy which allowed the Sedins to get in to scoring spaces.

    Now, on the subject of Lou, he should start both games this weekend because they are back-to-backs at home, which makes it much easier to handle.

  • Thank god we don’t have to play Carolina anymore. Another terribly boring game.

    Hansen looked good on the Sedins wing but I thought Kassian looked better for that one shift; his style of play and ability to pass seems like a really good fit. I hope he gets more of a shot. Booth continues to play well but his style just doesn’t mess with theirs. That cut to the front of the net and a few other hustle plays looked very good.

    Tanev and Hamhuis looked awesome together and Stanton and Bieksa also looked more comfortable. If only Garrison and Edler can work better together in the future.

    Five in a row (against admittedly middling opposition in parts); where is it that the naysayers go in such times? Why doesn’t NMOO have as many pearls of wisdom to drop these days?

  • “I’m also of the theory that you play your backup against the toughest team in a back-to-back and push hard to get at least a split.”

    That just doesn’t sit well with me. You should always ice the roster that gives you the best chance to win every game – play your starter against the best teams, give the weaker opponents to the backup. Just seems like loser talk to say, “We’re probably going to lose this one, so we might as well lay it on the backup.”

  • acg5151

    I always wondered why they didn’t play Hansen on the top wing. It seems like his speed and aggressiveness would be useful and could take some pressure off Hank and Dank.

  • acg5151

    Call me crazy or what not.. but (2) main issues seem to be developing from the Canucks:

    (1) The Canucks D seem to be doing exactly what they’ve been doing the last few years… and to a greater extent under Tortorella’s system… Stanton and Tanev blocking tons of shots.

    The only casualty from this system (at the current time) seems to be Edler. I love Edler and is a huge fan of him… but if we have so many Ds under huge money… Why not trade him for…. the 2nd most pressing issue:

    (2) Scoring (of the lack thereof). If Santorelli is one of our scoring threats after the Sedins and Kesler, it’s pretty weak. Dont get me wrong.. Santorelli should be re-signed at the end of the year. He is very good with the puck… A way better (and cheaper) alternative to Derek Roy… and to be honest, Santorelli is playing and meshing alot better than Roy did.

    Although the Province suggested chasing after the local boy Evander Kane from the WPG Jets… I honestly think the Canucks should trade Edler for some offence….

    Not sure if this is feasible… but my suggestion is:

    Edler for Zibanejad and a d-man (Gryba?)

    COMBO 1:


    COMBO 2:


    Just putting it out there..

  • acg5151

    No matter who plays vs Edm or Bs, Lack has showed he has the skills to play versus any team . Some of the critic was can he track the puck in the NHL and how will his hip heal. Lack seemed confident and his movement was compact and he didn’t over play the puck. He is so big that he just gts in the way ala Luo… Except it seems Lacks glove hand is better. Not enough playing time to cause controversy, but it may happen sooner than later. Well played Eddie…Eddie. Chant sounded good!

  • The Benevolent Orca

    I’ve been saying it since his first NHL game. Tanev is a pro! The guy is cool as can be with the puck and rarely makes mistakes. It’s everything you could ask for from a Top 4 D man. On top of that, he’s young, with lots of room for improvement.

    I’ve happy to see Torts giving Tanev the chance he deserves.