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Canucks Army Post-Game: Marchand Leads Bruins to 6-3 Comeback Victory

This post-game was originally drafted by Taylor Perry, but technical difficulties forced me into the author’s role. All credit here belongs to Mr. Perry. Enjoy!

It is never a dull affair when the Boston Bruins come to town. Tonight was no different. The memory of 2011 still runs too deep. The Canucks and the visitors traded chances and leads throughout the contest before Brad Marchand ultimately led the Bruins to a comeback win with a dominant third period. The Canucks took a 3-2 lead into the the final frame, only to see Marchand take over the game and stake Boston to a 6-3 win.

STATISTICS

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GAME HIGHLIGHTS

From a hockey standpoint, the opening 20 minutes of play were highly entertaining. The Bruins got on the board first after David Backes used his right skate to angle a Patrice Bergeron centering pass for his 14th goal of the season. Ryan Miller made the initial save, but Bergeron was able to retrieve the puck and send it back out to Backes.

The Sedins would work their magic later in the period. Working their way neatly up the ice, the twins would find Markus Granlund in the high slot. The Finn would fire a quick wrist shot past the blocker of Tuukka Rask for his 18th of the season.

But the trio weren’t finished. Less than 90 seconds later, Granlund would score again off of a beautiful passing play from the Sedins. The goal – with its crisp, cross-ice passing – was reminiscent of the Sedins’ glory days. A certain goal against Dallas came to mind.

The second period started out a little less exciting, but the Bruins still managed to tie the score. Jimmy Hayes appeared to end a 24-game scoring drought, tipping in a Zdeno Chara point shot, but further review determined he did not make contact with the puck. As a result, the hulking blueliner would get credit for the marker.

Undeterred, the Canucks would regain the lead courtesy of an Alex Edler goal. The Canuck defenceman would rush up the left wing and fire a shot on Rask. The Bruins’ goalie would let out a juicy rebound and Edler would fire it home from a sharp angle. Probably one Rask would want back.

The Canucks lead would not last long into the third, however. Canuck nemesis Brad Marchand would score in the opening minute on the power play to knot the game at three, moving him ahead of Brent Burns for fifth in NHL scoring.

Then, with about eight minutes left in the final frame, Marchand would follow up his previous effort with a brilliant goal and the play of the night. He catches Henrik just walking dully along, and then proceeds to slip the puck through Edler and then slides it into the yawning cage.

The Bruins continued surging, and David Krejci would provide insurance with his 19th goal of the season.

Marchand would then complete the third period hat-trick with an empty-net goal. Bruins win 6-3.

GAME NOTES

-Markus Granlund has had himself a very nice season. While many – including myself – were critical of the Shinkaruk-Granlund trade last year, it has turned out far better than almost anyone predicted. One can still be critical of the process (trading a higher-ceiling prospect with only one game of NHL experience for a lower-ceiling NHLer), but the trade has thus far worked out in the Canucks favour. Granlund has been a positive possession player and that is even more impressive in relation to his teammates. Nevertheless, the percentages have certainly driving his goal stats. His career shooting percentage, going into this season, was 12.6%. This year, it has improved to 17%. So yes, Granlund is likely due for some regression. But even when taking that into account he has become a much better overall player for the Canucks. And he had a great game tonight.

-Drew Shore made his Canucks debut tonight, one day after signing with the club. In 14:07 of ice time, he recorded one assist and a penalty. That penalty, however, resulted in the first Marchand goal.

-I must ask if there is some mistake, or was Ryan Miller playing again tonight? After the barrage of shots he face on Saturday versus Pittsburgh, this would have been as good a night as any to give him a little rest. It’s not as if Richard Bachman did not earn another start after his performance in Anaheim. Miller allowed five goals on 42 shots, but in his defence it was also a pretty loose game defensively for both teams. Poor guy could use a break, though.

-Brad Marchand will probably never be loved around these parts, but the fact remains he is now one of the top offensive players in the game. With the three goal performance tonight, he has tied World Cup linemate Sidney Crosby for the league lead in goals (35).

-Looks like Vancouver has surrendered home ice advantage in the best-of-35 series

-Thanks Murph

NEXT GAME

Thursday, March 16 vs Dallas, 7 PM PST. TV: SNET; Radio: TSN 1040

  • WD miscalculates again- this or Pittsburgh are games where you have to rest Miller… and the third period collapse-yikes… if players are trying hard for him (as is suggested), I’d hate to see them playing his system with only tacit effort.

  • Love him or hate him…Brad Marchand seems to elevate his level of play against the Canucks…

    actually the guy is just a downright Canuck killer.

  • Goldobin scores the game winning goal in his first game and gets benched after 6 minutes. Shore flies in from *Switzerland* and immediately gets 14 minutes without practice and with jet lag. Fire Desjardins now.

    • Somehow the decision to play Shore, IMO, was not WD’s. I was at the game and the effort was not there last night from a number of players. Granland had a good game as did Stetcher, Edler and Tryamkin. The rest not so good and Henrik was even below that. Miller, as has been suggested elsewhere, could have been rested. The Canucks are not going to make the playoffs so many of the new players are auditioning for next year and some for a contract at the end of the season. We have a number of non NHL caliber players on the team at the moment.

      • You make a great point, judging by WD track record, there is no other reasoning to believe why Shore was gifted the amount of ice time tonight unless someone above made the call?

    • You know, it might have something to do with the fact that Shore has played twice as many (335-167) professional hockey games and 5 times as many (80-14) NHL games than Goldobin. Goody is about as raw a rookie as you can get in the NHL, but let’s fire the coach for not giving him 2nd line minutes over a player who has more than double the experience.

      I know people don’t like Willie, but this is getting ridiculous…

      • If we looked at last 3 years (including this season), Goldobin and Shore have played a similar amount of games in the NHL, AHL and Europe and in points totals. Goldobin is ready to jump to the NHL and he wants to be here. Desjardin’s killing any hope of youthful energy and enthusiasm with his nepotism, inflexibility and arrogance.

  • It was not a very good game, or effort for that matter by the Canucks.

    Easier to note the good and bad. Good: Granlund. Tryamkin. Boucher. (and I do not think I missed anyone). The very bad: Hendrik, Hutton, Baertschi.

    I have been luke warm on Baertschi from the beginning. This game summed it up. He has reverted to falling down when nearing an opposing player. Forget the dipsy-doodle crap. That rarely works. I far would prefer Boucher on Horvat’s wing. He drives hard, is not as slow as advertized, and shots the puck. Did I mention he shots the puck? Bo and whom ever else (like Eriksson) would pick up rebounds all the time.

    I cannot understand why Larsen is not in the line up. He is their best D-man at making a first pass, on time, out of the zone. His defensive weaknesses are not worse than Hutton. Pair him with Tryamkin.

  • “One can still be critical of the process (trading a higher-ceiling prospect with only one game of NHL experience for a lower-ceiling NHLer), but the trade has thus far worked out in the Canucks favour.”

    Critical of the process? The process you espouse (and based more than a few articles on) is akin to not checking your 6/49 ticket for another day so you can continue to dream of what you will do with the millions, before seeing the “not a winner” reality staring you in the face.

    Given their almost identical production in the AHL, what would have led anyone to think he had a higher upside than Granlund? Even at that time, it was obvious Granlund was far and away a more complete hockey player, albeit with a year more development time under his belt.

    Perhaps you meant to say “We would have been correct to be critical of the process had we in fact assessed the process correctly. We did not. Therefore, we mis-identified the process and our bombastic and over-the-top criticism of the trade was wrong.”

  • Hey, Shore earned his ice-time on the flight from Zurich! Sure, let actual prospects like Goldobin & Boucher twist on the clothesline while playing career minor-leaguers drafted 8 years ago, forget about developed prospects like Subban or Pedan who need to be evaluated – now’s not the time, for
    that! – better to stay the course, play Megna & hope for sunshine.

    • Pedan and Subban are right where they should be, developing in the AHL. Boucher and Goldobin would be there too if it weren’t for waivers. You’re right about one thing though, now is not the time to evaluate prospects thats what training camp is for. Last time I checked the NHL isn’t a developmental league and the regular season isn’t a prospect camp.

  • The media and some of YOU dreamers need to stop seeing the likes of Boston, Chicago and San Jose as ‘rivals’ because those days are LONG GONE!

    Guys, the Canucks rivals are now the likes of Colorado, Arizona, Carolina and New Jersey who, like the Ca-Sucks, are in a desperate DOGFIGHT for a TOP franchise changing draft pick to help turn us into a contender again, just like EDMONTON, TORONTO and CALGARY have done with such aplomb!

  • “While many – including myself – were critical of the Shinkaruk-Granlund trade last year, it has turned out far better than almost anyone predicted.”

    Hardly.

    Many astute posters, including myself, loved the trade. Only the guys that look at graphs, not the games, didn’t like it.

  • I think it would be best to use the remaining games as try outs for next year. I doubt season ticket holders want to hear this, but it’s the best way to move forward. It can still be fun hockey to watch. Wins will be harder to come by, but here we are.

    Sedins drop off in play is hard to miss, Tanev and Sutter are playing hurt. Long term injuries, mumps and slumps, and this this season is done.

  • JD wrote: His career shooting percentage, going into this season, was 12.6%. This year, it has improved to 17%. So yes, Granlund is likely due for some regression.

    This ridiculous statement sums up everything that is wrong with anal-ytics. No amount of number crunching can account for the huge intangibles of heart, passion, determination and sheer hard work to be better, as any pro-athlete with integrity strives to get. It’s simply absurd to say Granlund is going to regress based on his past numbers when the guy is clearly improving his game day in day out.

    As a longtime hockey fan i will rely on my eyes and experience of watching the game thanks all the same.

    On a side note I was genuinely shocked as the camera panned along the Canucks bench during the anthems last night. I barely recognised any of the players. Sign of the times and a long hard rebuild road ahead eh!