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Puck Drop

The Canucks and the game, in general, got off to a fairly slow start against Colorado on Tuesday night. It took Vancouver until the 13-minute mark of the period to register their first shot on goal.

With Jacob Markstrom still out with a “tweak” according to Canucks general manager Jim Benning, it was once again Anders Nilsson in goal for the Canucks. Lost in Saturday’s big win against Boston was how well Nilsson played. Despite the score, Boston drastically outshot Vancouver to in the first period 18-9.

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Shortly after that Nathan McKinnon was called for holding giving Vancouver the games first man advantage. The power play didn’t score, but it looked good and appeared to have the Canucks building momentum as Colorado had carried the bulk of the play in the first.

But less than two minutes later, the Canucks would be the ones finding themselves shorthanded. Brock Boeser was called for a high stick on Avs defenceman Tyson Barrie — two names to keep an eye on in this one.

The game remained scoreless through the first period. The Canucks best chance came with 37 seconds left. Loui Eriksson worked the puck back to the point, the defenceman fired it on goal just as fast as he got it. Parked right in front battling for position, Darren Archibald deflected the puck down and just wide.

Twenty seconds later, it was Archibald again creating havoc in front, this time Alexander Edler unloaded a slap shot from the point, but Semyon Varlamov made the save.

2nd Period

Archibald picked up right where he left off in the first, but this time he didn’t miss. Eriksson and Brandon Sutter did the dirty work on this one, gaining possession down low on the forecheck. Then from his knees, Sutter one-handed the puck to Archibald in front who opened the scoring. 1-0.

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From there on the game settled into a similar pace until nearly the 11-minute mark of the period. Then all hell broke loose.

Barrie let a wrister fly from the point, and though Anders Nilsson appeared to get most of it, the puck trickled through and across the line tieing it up at one.

With Avs forward Colin Wilson serving a high-sticking penalty, the Canucks took their second lead of the game just over two minutes later. With Thomas Vanek parked in front of Varlamov, Nikolay Goldobin’s shot ticked of Patrik Nemeth and beat Varlamov high glove side.

Fifty-one seconds later, Goldobin forced a neutral zone turnover, sending himself and Sutter in on a two-on-one. Sutter kept all the way and Varlamov was again beaten high glove side. 3-1.

A minute and a half later it was 4-1. Boeser made a nice read and intercepted a Colorado pass behind their own goal; he centred the puck for Sven Baertschi who had his stick lifted and couldn’t connect with the puck, but Bo Horvat following up the play was in the right place to pick up the errant pass, picking up his 16th goal of the year.

Following Vancouver’s offensive outburst, Michael Del Zotto took an ill-advised and blatant cross-checking penalty, as he put his stick right across the numbers of Alex Kerfoot’s jersey, burying him into the boards.

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Now on the power play, Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen beat Anders Nilsson post and in from the face-off dot.

40 seconds later it was back to the penalty kill for the Canucks. Vanek nearly got loose on a breakaway but had a couple Colorado players draped all over him and didn’t get a shot off. Clearly frustrated, Vanek swung his stick taking a bad penalty 200 ft from his net born of frustration.

Back on the power-play, it didn’t take Colorado long to make it a one-goal game. Walking in from the left circle, Nathan Mackinnon put a nifty pass through the traffic in the slot, finding captain Gabriel Landeskog backdoor. 4-3.

3rd Period

The Canucks were back on the power-play early in the third due to a Nikita Zadorov interference penalty, after a hit he threw on Sutter away from the puck. The Avalanche killed off the penalty keeping it a one-goal game.

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Nursing a one-goal lead, the Canucks sat back and did their best to fend off the Colorado attack. With six and a half minutes left, the shots were 9-2 in favour of the Avalanche.

But the real story of the period was Boeser’s wrist — the one he had surgically repaired, and recently injured in a game against Tampa Bay.

Boeser took a solid check from Zadorov late in the third and could be seen trying to shake out his wrist on the bench clearly bothered by it. His wrist was also heavily tapped.

Disconcerting to say the least. With the season all but decided it begs the question as to why he’s playing through it. Chasing the Calder yes, but with it being the same wrist he’s had surgically repaired previously; I’d be taking every precaution possible. He’s the future of the team, and the thinking should be about his long-term health and not short-term accolades.

With three minutes left, once again on the power-play, Colorado tied the game up at four.

The Avs worked the puck around, then down low to Landeskog at the side of the net, who moved it back up to Rantanen. Rantanen then sets up Barrie for the one-timer. Eriksson was left getting out to the point, and couldn’t take away the shooting lane as Barrie wired it past Nilsson.


Overtime saw the team’s trade chances three-on-three.  With Vancouver getting the better of the exchanges early on, Eriksson got in behind the Colorado defence and in tight nearly pulled off the “Forsberg move”, while Sutter walked out from the corner taking the puck cross-crease but Varlamov sealed to post, preventing the winning goal.

With 1:37 left in overtime, the dreaded Avalanche power-play was back to work. No thanks to what appeared to be a pretty blatant dive by Tyson Jost as he latched onto Daniel Sedin’s stick; Daniel was called for hooking.

On the power-play, Barrie went back to work setting up Nathan Mackinnon for a nasty one-timer, picking up his fifth point of the game.

The Canucks finished the night at just 17% on the penalty-kill as Colorado went 5-for-6 with the extra man.

Final score 5-4 Colorado.

The Numbers


Quick Hits

  • Boeser picked up his 50th point of the year. With his shooting percentage coming back to the realm of Earth’s atmosphere, Boeser has predictably slowed down. But the rookie All-Star has remained productive and is now just two points back of last years team leading 52.
  • Derrick Pouliot has four points in his last five games and is now just two points back of Michael Del Zotto for second in scoring among Canucks defencemen. Pouliot has always possessed a plus-skill set offensively; it’s all about consistency and playing well defensively for Pouliot.
  • After seeing improvement in recent weeks, the Canucks penalty kill struggled. They gave up all five goals against on the night while shorthanded. Newly inked Erik Gulbranson was on the ice for three of those five shorthanded goals.
  • With two points, Goldobin picked his first career multi-point game. Though still looking timid at times without the puck, Goldobin is at home on offence. He nearly had a third point shortly after picking up his assist, as he fed Nic Down a one-timer across the slot but Dowd was unable to connect.
  • Victoria BC native Barrie had five points on the night. Once the fodder of seemingly endless trade rumours, Barrie is once again a staple of the Colorado power-play. He’s a new age, undersized and skilled defender, a representation of the direction the game is going.

  • Ragnarok Ouroboros

    Jost made the refs look like fools on the dive he took in overtime to draw a penalty. Still the Canucks should have done a better job of killing the penalties. Why did Stecher jump in front of his goalie on the Tyson Barrie shot; he totally screened the goalie on that goal. Not a very bright move.

  • WiseCanuck

    Burnaby Joe tortured us as a HoF player and now he is doing it as a GM who has turned his team around in half a season with while we have three years straight of bottomfeeding and no playoffs with three more to come under this clown Benning.

    Five powerplay goals against with Guddy the goat starring as public enemy number one after laughing all the way to the bank ffs… what a disgrace this franchise is guys… has anyone checked how Vegas are doing with everyone elses castoffs and no draft picks or superstars on their roster lately?… wake up zombies!

    • You know that Sakic’s been working in the Avs front office since 2011, and has been running the team since 2013, right? It’s taken him five years and multiple picks at the top of the draft to turn the team around, not “half a season”.

    • NastyNate

      Wise Canuck… stupid point after stupid point that only serve to show how much of a fair weather fan you are. On behalf of the real Canuck fan take a hike, you’re not required to watch the game you know? Also where were you on Sunday after they beat Boston 6-1? Pretty quiet hey?

      Gudbranson was on the ice for three goals against but none of them were his fault bud. Since the PK is a 4 man unit there were other players out there for 3 golas against while on the PK as well but you can’t expected Canucks Army writers to ever refrain from casting maximal blame on Gudbranson, hardly the “goat” in this one. For as well as Nilsson played he failed to make the big save and let in 5 goals. 5. Can’t win in this league if your goaltending duo has a golas against above 3..

      The point about Vegas is lazy, any team in the west can look at Vegas and be envious. How is that a Canuck problem?

      Take a hike troll.

    • crofton

      James Neal is a cast off? Fleury? Karlsson? Marchessault? How about Schlemo? Perron? Stoner? The VGK had the best and most generous expansion draft rules ever awarded. Teams were allowed to protect 9 or 11 players depending on format. That left more than 1/2 of each teams’ roster to choose from, and no cap issues as well. Keep spewing this nonsense about cast-offs

  • DJ_44

    Gudbranson and Edler were on for four of the five PP goals against. It is difficult to blame Gudbranson or Edler for any of them (2 one timers perfectly placed; high slot tip and the back door goal).
    At 5×5 that pair was hard matched (along with Sutter’s line) against McKinnon. The did a great job, with the Sutter line potting 2 goals for.

    It is amazing how much better Gudbranson is playing when paired with Edler. Logging top pair minutes and looking like he fits the part.

    Boeser is being defended like he is an elite scorer in the league. He his smart enough to adjust, and we see that happening now. I am really impressed by his board battles and defensive awareness. He is also a really good playmaker, as was witnessed on Bo’s goal. The hit he took in the third looked more like it was his elbow that got banged, which may also explain why he was flexing his hand.

    And, to state the obvious, why are the Sedins out in overtime?

      • Cageyvet

        That would be 3 years of just above Lucic money that would be a much better investment, lol. Max 1 more year for the Sedins, in any case. Could your Oilers please just find a way to climb above our team, who you mock when you occasionally show up (unlike the summer when you were cocky as hell) in the standings? It shouldn’t be too hard, but somehow your team’s endless suckage continues…..

  • Holly Wood

    Well Jason, congratulations you made it almost all the way through the entire post without attaching blame on any particular player. But there it is, Gudbranson was on for three power play goals. No mention of any one else who was on the ice so I guess Edler gets a pass from you. You and your gang are so predictable . No mention of The twins lack of foot speed being exposed again in overtime.

    • NastyNate

      Couldn’t agree more, nice spin, single one player out who played decent and give free passes to others who played with no hustle or heart. Vanek played horrendous tonight and so did our “leaders” the Sedins. Shift after shift of this line chasing the puck.

      • Holly Wood

        thanks Nate.Is it just me or do at least half the CA staff just love piling on certain players in an attempt to recruit comments from the army fans on here? Isn’t that trolling? I would like to see Cory Hergott provide some articles on here instead of the sad writers we are forced to put up with. JD Burke and his [email protected], Cat Silverman and her clueless observations, Davis, and Jackson for their piling on of certain players without actually knowing enough about the game. Always904 who posts lineups before the morning skate that have several mistakes. There are many bright articulate commenters on here that see through their B.S. Time to send a few of these [email protected]@ss’s to Utica and bring up Cory.

  • That one got away. Should have won with a 4 -1 lead.

    Memo to TSN 1040: Long time listener here. I really, really enjoy Wednesday afternoons with Lawrence Gilman. That man is knowledgeable, intelligent, well spoken, and he could possibly be the world’s most interesting man.
    I doubt he reads CA articles or comments, the man is too smart for that, but do let him know that his thoughts are appreciated. The pleasure is all mine.
    Good job guys for having him on.

      • St Albert

        Who cares bob.. will you now be dissing Gilman like you did Derek Dorsett you two-faced Albertan toad?

        ”I never liked this contract or term, He’s a pint sized enforcer who rarely wins a fight” – backup bob
        ”Dorsett is nothing special for that price. Dime a dozen.” – backup bob

        ”Dorsett is my least favourite Canuck” – backup bob

        and then upon his enforced retirement
        ”This is terrible news, for both Derek and the Vancouver Canucks. Good luck Derek”. – backup bob

        hahahaha – tool

  • crofton

    Very poor officiating. Non-calls both ways, yes, but two against Vancouver ultimately decided the game. Vanek coming in on a breakaway, hooked and slashed….no call, ref in the frame looking right at it…but immediately after gets called for one himself, leading to the 3rd PP goal. Call the hook or the slash, and Vanek’s tripping penalty never happens. Then in OT, call Sedin for hooking , the Avs’ player was clearly chicken winging Sedin’s stick. Yes it was a penalty, but it’s hilarious when the stick goes into the midsection, that the feet stop working? Call the dive as well, or call nothing. Those two calls especially, and the overall officiating performance generally had me wondering briefly how they qualify or get selected to the league’s officiating cadre. Or maybe it was a reverse Vancouver conspiracy theory? They want Vancouver to have a better chance at Dahlin? Nah. Just ineptitude.