— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) January 5, 2020
Loui Eriksson goes between the legs to get one on net and Antoine Roussel buries the rebound
— /Cam Robinson/ (@Hockey_Robinson) January 5, 2020
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 5, 2020
- The Canucks registered just seven shots in the first period, from Motte, Roussel, Fantenburg, Eriksson, Hughes, and Beagle. Shots picked up in the 2nd period even though the team went through an eight minute stretch with no rubber on Georgiev.
- The first unit PP showed great puck possession and puck retrieval, but ultimately weren’t able to bury one. Despite the positive zone time, Georgiev stood tall as the Rangers effectively kept the Canucks on the outside. Boeser in the bumper position wasn’t exactly fruitful either.
- The Canucks dominated the faceoff circle, winning 42 draws to the Rangers 22. Horvat led the way, going 20 for 29.
- The usually porous Rangers defence, which owns the third worst expected goals against rate at 5-on-5, actually did quite well in limiting the Canucks high danger shot attempts to 4 (and that’s with the three power plays). For context, the Rangers had 10 high danger shot attempts.
- Jacob Markstrom, the latest all-star Canuck, was easily the team’s best player tonight. He felt great coming into this one and it translated to 35 stops on 36 shots. Oh, and one of those saves looked like this…
Markstrom has been so good it's becoming comical.
Don't underrate the degree of difficulty on this save either. Hard to stack the pads when you're carrying the team on your shoulders. pic.twitter.com/7z9IYK1Gs9
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) January 5, 2020
- In addition to winning 69% of his faceoffs, Horvat stayed hot offensively tonight, registering an assist on both goals.
- Quinn Hughes was once again noticeable, manning the point and making great breakout plays at 5 on 5. The all-star hopeful also led the team in Corsi% at 53.85. Now go vote!