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Instant Reaction: Canucks easily outplay Ducks and Elias Pettersson sets new career-high for goals
By Faber11 months ago
Welcome back to Instant Reaction — the series at CanucksArmy where we give our instant reaction to the game and ask our readers to give theirs in the comments section below! Lachlan Irvine is writing The Stanchies, and those will be posted later tonight. The Statsies — CanucksArmy’s analytics-based post game report by Mike Liu — will be posted later tomorrow.
In case you missed it, Tyler Myers was back in the lineup in place of Guillaume Brisebois. Vitaly Kravtsov went in for Jack Studnicka and Collin Delia slid in between the pipes for Thatcher Demko.
The first period was a good one for the trio of Vasily Podkolzin, Vitali Kravtsov and Sheldon Dries. That line was without a shot attempt against in a period where the Canucks dominated in shots. They outshot the Anaheim Ducks by a count of 17-4. Only one of those 17 shots ended up beating John Gibson. J.T. Miller ripped a slap shot set up by Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson on a delayed penalty. The shot was an absolute howitzer — clocking in at 98.8 mph on the shot. It was Miller’s 26th goal of the season and the Canucks skated into the first intermission with a firm control of the game and a one-goal lead.
It was much of the same in the second 20-minute stanza as the Canucks continued to roll and looked nothing like a team that played the night before. The Canucks had eight shots over 5:35 of power play time and on the power play is where they extended their lead to two.
Pettersson took his time from the Petterzone and ripped a wrist shot past John Gibson.
It was Pettersson’s 33rd goal of the season which is a new career-high for him.
The Canucks took a two-goal lead into the third period against a Ducks team that just looked horrible through 40 minutes.
Whatever the Ducks are paying Gibson, they need to triple it.
The game somewhat swung in the Ducks’ favour for the final 20 minutes. They were able to get a goal later in the period but Delia stood tall and backstopped the Canucks to a 2-1 win where they control the play throughout the game.
All four of the lines looked strong in this game as the Canucks simply outworked the Ducks and had enough skill to nab two goals on the night.
The Canucks were unable to score a goal at five-on-five but were happy to get a goal on a delayed penalty and on the power play to thrust them to victory.
Stay tuned for The Stanchies, coming up soon!
Who stuck out in tonight’s game? Anyone?
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