Vancouver Canucks vs New York Rangers Post Game Recap: Party In New York Part 1

The Rundown

The Vancouver Canucks entered the big apple with points in all 3 of their previous 3 games on the road trip. However, overtime losses against the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres were both winnable games that slipped away from the team in the final frame before they ultimately fell in a shootout. Tonight, the team tried to get back to their winning ways against a New York Rangers team with a 5-0-1 record in their last 6 games. Elias Petterson turned 20 this evening, so fans hoped they’d see some more magic from our alien.


1st Period

The Canucks wouldn’t get off on the right foot to start the night. The boys would surrender the first few shots of the game, and then end up shorthanded after Adam Gaudette would go to the box for slashing 2:30 minutes in. Tough way to start a game at Madison Square Garden, to say the least. The Rangers would get 3 shots on the man advantage, but no real high danger scoring chances and the Canucks would kill the penalty off and try to regain a foothold in the game.


The road team wouldn’t get their first shot on goal until 6:30 minutes into the period, but right after their first shot, they’d get their first power-play after Tyler Motte was hit with a high stick from Tony DeAngelo. The power-play would start off strong, but fade with no real quality scoring chances and the Canucks would fail to capitalize.


The boys in white wouldn’t let this faze them and would continue to dominate play for the remainder of the first period. The Canucks would register the next 7 shots on goal, and wouldn’t allow the Rangers to get another shot on net for over 10 minutes. The only real downside of the period for the Canucks is they wouldn’t score a goal to take the lead, as both teams headed to the dressing rooms still deadlocked at 0.


2nd Period

The second would kick itself off with a lot more action than what fans saw in the first. Only a minute in, and the wizardry of Goldobin and Pettersson would be on full display when Goldobin found Pettersson up high, and he one-timed a shot that Henrik Lundqvist had to stop with the shoulder to keep the game tied at 1. Unfortunately, mere moments after creating a scoring chance, Goldobin would be called for tripping Lias Anderson to give the Rangers their second power-play of the game.


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The Canucks penalty kill would tighten up, and not allow the Rangers a single shot on goal. Right as Goldobin gets out of the box, he’s fed up the ice by Motte and proceeds to bury a wrist shot off the post and in to give the Canucks a 1 goal lead a little over 3 minutes into the second.


A minute later the Canucks would keep up the pressure, with Loui Eriksson feeding Michael Del Zotto for a great scoring chance, but Del Zotto would watch as the puck would hit both posts and stay out to keep the game 1-0 for Vancouver. Few moments after that, Darren Archibald would get into a scrap with Cody McLeod as the Rangers looked for a spark to get back into the game.


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The Goldobin, Pettersson, and Virtanen line would have another good shift 5 minutes into the period, captivated by a great pass by Pettersson that’s whiffed by Virtanen who looked to have some open net available to him, but the Canucks can’t extend their lead.


Jakob Markstrom didn’t have to be spectacular through the first part of the game, but 8 minutes into the period he’d face a couple quality shots and turn both aside to preserve the lead. Not long after it’d be Ben Hutton going to the penalty box for a cross check to the back of Jesper Fast, and the Rangers would look to even the game up on their 3rd power-play of the night.


Markstrom would be the Canucks best penalty killer, stoning the Rangers throughout the power-play to keep the lead. It’d be an abbreviated power-play for the home team once Filip Chytil got entangled with Motte, which sent the game to some 4 on 4 play. It’d take a little over 30 seconds for Hutton to get back onto the ice, and the Canucks would go to their 2nd power-play of the game, albeit shortened. A great chance for Goldobin to get his second goal of the game comes and goes with a shot that beats Lundqvist but rings off the bar blocker side and stays out and the Canucks would see their power-play drop to 0-2 up to this point in the contest.


Once the play was stopped, the first faceoff after the Canucks power-play saw Loui Eriksson head to the penalty box for a trip, and the Rangers would capitalize 13 seconds into their 4th power-play of the game. Filip Chytil, who ended his team’s last power-play prematurely, would bang home a rebound off the pad of Markstrom to tie the game up at 1, 12:30 minutes into the frame.


As we neared the end of the second, a scramble in front of Markstrom led to a Canucks power-play as Gudbranson was hit from behind while behind the play by Mike Zibanejad. The Canucks power-play wouldn’t last long though, as not even 15 seconds in Markus Granlund would apparently high stick a Rangers penalty killer, and the Canucks power-play dropped to 0-3. The remainder of the second would be uneventful and the game would head to the 3rd tied at 1. Another game in which the Canucks were still in it as the last frame started.


3rd Period

An up and down start to the period for Vancouver. A minute in, the team would see Markstrom make a fantastic save on Chris Kreider to keep the game tied at 1.

Right after, it’s Pettersson’s turn as he sent Virtanen to a partial breakaway chance that would see him blast a shot over the Rangers goal. Mere moments later, it’d be a quick give and go between Goldobin and Pettersson that concludes with a Pettersson shot kicked aside by the pad of Lundqvist 2 minutes in.

Goldobin+Pettersson Give & Go


A tight 3rd period wouldn’t see much action again until around the 7:30 mark when Markstrom would be called upon again to keep the game close when he made a strong save on Chytil.


A few minutes after, and right after an icing was called against Vancouver. The ensuing faceoff would see Brett Howden collect a loose puck and rip it past Markstrom to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead with less than half a period to play.

Howden scores off the draw


The Canucks would try to battle back, but with under 5 minutes to play, Goldobin would take an ill-advised minor penalty to put the Rangers to their 5th power-play of the game and a chance to ice it late in the 3rd. The Canucks penalty kill would stand tall and keep the team alive with just over 2:30 minutes left in the game.


Low and behold, the Canucks would press and be rewarded with their 4th power-play of the game with under 90 seconds on the clock, when Virtanen was tripped down low by Zibanejad. The best chance of the power-play would come right at the end of the game, with a Pettersson shot followed up with Horvat jamming away at the rebound, but in the end, Lundqvist was there to stand tall and preserve the Rangers 2-1 victory.

Lundqvist seals the game with 2 big stops

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Both photos courtesy of naturalstattrick.com


Wrap Up

Another hard-fought road game from the Canucks, but they come out of this one empty-handed. A couple of quick notes I saw after watching tonight’s game.

The injuries the Canucks have sustained have started to affect the team in all areas. While it was great to see players step up through the first few weeks, the loss of key players around the roster was noticeable in all facets of the Canucks game tonight and throughout this road trip as a whole. The Canucks penalty kill has given up 4 power-play goals in the 4 games on the trip, and the power-play has looked lost a majority of the time. Alex Edler, Brock Boeser, and Sven Baertschi are sorely missed on the power-play while Brandon Sutter and Jay Beagle’s penalty kill prowess and shutdown abilities remain unfilled. Bo Horvat has done a great job amidst all the injuries, but he was virtually invisible offensively tonight and he looked fatigued at times during the game.

Nikolay Goldobin finally got his second goal of the season in a rollercoaster of a game. There were moments where he looked like the offensive weapon Canucks fans hope he can become, and there were moments where he looked like the Goldobin who didn’t know what defense was. With teams keying in on Pettersson more and more, and the continued absence of the aforementioned Boeser and Baertschi, Goldobin needs to start scoring with more regularity. Tonight, he unloaded 2 wicked wristers and scored on 1. For Canucks fans, a night like tonight hopefully helped him regain his offensive prowess that we expect to see moving forward.

Lastly, Derrick Pouliot couldn’t seem to make the right play and quite frankly looked lost on the ice tonight. He also hasn’t been able to fill the hole left by Edler on the top unit power-play and just isn’t playing to a level that one would hope someone playing 22 minutes a night should fill. While Goldobin’s confidence probably went up after tonight, Pouliot’s seemed to be one of the lowest on the team all night. He needs to up his play, or he could be the one in the press box once Edler returns.

That’s all for part 1, part 2 will go tomorrow when the Canucks finish up their back to back against the New York Islanders.

  • Kanuckhotep

    In his article Cole said about everything I’d have said about the present injury front the Canucks are on right now. Yes, the hustle and effort were there again tonight. However we have a grinder type line up with not enough of the finish required to win some close match ups like this game. This team just can’t afford all the injuries they have. It’ll be a different story once everyone is back. Seems like these guys have been out forever.

  • Beer Can Boyd

    A few things. The ice was obviously atrocious last night, and the Canucks couldn’t buy a bounce. The Rangers got 2, and scored on both. Next, can we have an injury update please, complete with expected return dates for Baertschi, Edler, Beagle, Sutter, Boeser and Nilsson? Pouliot has been brutal.He chucked up a pizza mid third period, and was lucky it bounced over the Rangers stick. Biega should draw in tonight, if for no other reason than to bring some energy. He’s always great in his first game back. Leipsic has been ineffective, his play often seems pointless. He floats around his own blue line, waiting for an outlet pass, and when he gets it, he dashes down the ice and either drifts a harmless shot right at the goalie, or skates the puck into the corner and falls down. I’d much rather see Gaunce on that line with Gaudette and Archibald, playing a dump and chase game and turning some opposition defenders for a crushing hit behind the net. All in all, decent road game against a very similar rebuilding team. Can’t win them all.

    • BJPeters02

      My thoughts exactly. Need Pouliot off the PP and Leipsic subbed out for Guance… Leiper does the same thing over and over like Jake used to but it’s quick edges and turns and goes nowhere with it, or inevitably falls.. weird to see considering him at the end of last season

  • Reality Man

    Credit to the Rangers, this is an excellent rebuild in just ONE season and they are already a well drilled outfit with speed to burn, a solid forecheck down low and elite goaltending holding it all together.

    Teams and their goalies are deffo beginning to figure Petterssen out now, and I there is no denying he has been ineffectual since the Colorado game. Very disappointed the kid has tailed off like this after all the ‘Gretzky 2.0’ overhype.

    Petey could deffo do with a conditioning stint in Utica at this rate, he looks gassed and dejected… a bit like us long suffering fans hey.

  • DJ_44

    Goldobin’s goal does not outweigh the big flaws in his game. The challenge is his flaws are mental. He has not provided enough benefit to justify being a left wing with Pettersson. Time for either MacEwen or Dahlen.

    Also, I hope the Canucks call up a LHD and give them a game. Pouliot can sit for one. McEnemy, Sautner, Briesbois: choose one.

    • Beer Can Boyd

      Disagree. He just turned 23, has improved his 200 ft game enormously over last year, and his upside is enormous. Green is showing admirable patience. That line with Virtanen has been controlling the play, and could be a dominant #1 line for years to come. Especially when Boeser and Baertschi come back to play with Bo, and the matchups get easier. He’s hit at least 5 goalposts in the last 2 weeks, and if he had 5 or 6 goals now instead of 2, no one would be complaining. Do agree about Pouliot though, he really needs to watch from the press box for a couple of games. Bring up Sautner for some physical presence.

      • DJ_44

        He has upside; enormous is relative. His 200 ft game has improved, however I would submit it went from non-existent to poor. Make an effort, every shift. He has too many shifts where he looks like he is trying to show effort (peewee style with the arms really pumping) but not making any.

        That and the brain-freeze giveaways at the blueline are inexcusable. He zigs when his teammates zag: Burmistrov with a better wrist shot.

    • Reality Man

      Yah, let’s just call up the whole Utica team n have done with it lol. What a dolt. Thankfully. this kind of armchair expert will never make a hockey decision in his life.

    • TD

      Agree on Pouliot, but leave the Comets where they are. I heard an update on McaEwen, Dahlen and Juolevi. All are developing well but still need work on the defensive end. The good start is nice, but developing the kids properly for the future should be the top consideration. The fan in me wants the Canucks to win, but they still seem like one or two highly skilled players short to compete for the cup.

    • Beer Can Boyd

      Relax, he will be going back down as soon as either Beagle or Sutter come back. The time he is spending here will pay off in spades later on. I think he’s been fine, and Green is rewarding his play with increasing responsibility. He’ll be the # 1 centre in Utica as soon as he goes back down.

  • wojohowitz

    Virtanen is quickly becoming the `go to guy` and his work along the boards is top notch. He`s also driving them crazy like the cheap shots at the final buzzer.

    Goldobin has two outstanding qualities; First his creativity is second to none – that`s talent that can`t be taught and second; That was only his second goal of the season (the first was opening night) and there is a reason for that. His play is totally unselfish. He`s not looking to score and be the big star but to set up his team mates and make them look good. Green might not appreciate Goldobin but his team mates will.

    • Dahlenfan

      I completely agree with pouliot. That kid is scary to watch and not in a good way. I would way rather see biega in the lineup than him. I also was watching liepsic closley and he looks like Mason raymond out there. He has moves and some speed(not near as fast as raymond) but just skates around the perimeter and either coughs it up or falls down. Put gaunce in. As for sending petterson to the minors. What game you watching?He was dangerous last night. Just didn’t put one in. That is one of the silliest comments I’ve heard so far this year. There sure are some trolls on this site. It’s hilarious that anyone would even think of taking Peterson of the lineup.
      You should go back under the bridge. Hes only had 1 point in 3 games but if he had guys that could finish hed have 4-7 points

    • Defenceman Factory

      Goldobin is certainly a skilled player with creativity but let’s not over-hype him too much. When you say his creativity is second to none I have to assume you mean other Canuck left wingers. He isn’t more creative than Pettersson and there are a number of more creative wingers in the league. Goldobin has certainly been the best choice to play on Pettersson’s LW. I expect his shooting percentage to improve a bit and more goals will come. He absolutely must reduce the number of passes that are easily intercepted. He must have passed the puck straight to a Ranger at least 5 times last night.