Sharks Vs Canucks Review Saturday Night
It was a tale of two teams come to Saturday night Sharks Vs Canucks going in different directions. Both teams were coming off a loss yesterday. The Canucks were defeated 2-1 in Overtime after badly outshooting the Anaheim Ducks. While the Sharks were coming off a home defeat where they also badly outshoot their opponent. The Canucks took a hit Friday night as Star Rookie defensemen Quinn Hughes was out Day-to-Day.
Quinn Hughes is out.
Ashton Sautner is in.
Hughes is day-to-day with a bruised knee.
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) November 3, 2019
Sharks Vs Canucks was set to be a high scoring game. The Sharks came in with a 4-9-1 record good enough for the bottom half of the West. While Vancouver came in 8-3-2 at the top half of the Western Conference. Tonight's game had all the making of a blowout. While the Canucks came in tied tops in the league in goal differential with +16. The San Jose Sharks came into tonight with the 3rd worst goal differential.
Something that the Sharks Vs Canucks could maybe be happy about going into the game was their Penalty Kill. It ranked 1st in the league coming into tonight at 90.7%. To top that off they hadn't given up a powerplay goal at home killing off 17/17 so far this year. It was clear that special teams could play a major part in this game.
With both teams playing last night tonight was a battle of the backups. Vancouver's Thatcher Demko was looking to improve upon his impressive numbers. 3-1-0 with a goals-against of 1.73 and a .941 save percentage. Right up with the top goalies in the league.
Aaron Dell got the start for San Jose. He had been impressive in his past starts against Vancouver and was 2-2-0 this year coming into tonight. Unfortunately for the Goalkeeper for Sharks Vs Canucks his stats would only get worse.
Sharks Vs Canucks The Separate Ways Continued
The first period started like both the Sharks and Canucks seasons have started. After some scrambly play to start a turnover by San Jose and Jake Virtanen should have made it 1-0. Lucky for him Brandon Sutter was able to corral the loose puck and find Josh Leivo along the boards. A shot and rebound and Sutter was able to slide it home on a nice backhand with 15:43 to go in the 1st period. Just like that and Vancouver was rolling.
They were controlling the puck and play But Sharks Vs Canucks were controlling the hits. A bit hit to Ashton Sautner and Vancouver was down to 5 defensive men once again. San Jose applied some pressure but Demko was equal to the task. The Teams decided to make the refs put the whistle away with a bunch of back and forth play.
The Sharks took a penalty just after the 10-minute mark of the period. Brent Burns took an interference penalty on Brock Boeser. While the Sharks Vs Canucks were able to hold off the Powerplay keeping their home streak intact. Seconds after the Canucks were able to come in on the rush. Boeser was able to get a shot towards the net which banked to Elias Pettersson and magic by the Alien!
— Joshua (@JoshuaGriffith0) November 3, 2019
Vancouver was up 2-0 early and was not looking back. Holding the play and keeping the Sharks to 8 shots that Demko easily handled. San Jose was going to be hard-pressed to end the 4 game losing streak they were on. Vancouver had 14 shots and controlled the score and the play.
It Was Soon Becoming A Night To Forget For The Sharks Vs Canucks
Like real soon! 45 seconds into the period Alex Edler sent Jake Virtanen on a Breakaway and after a bit of Review... #ShotgunJake was on! 3-0 Vancouver. For San Jose who was very accustomed to giving up lots of goals tonight was looking no different.
Canucks kept up the pressure. A Penalty by Erik Karlsson and Vancouver was able to score with the Goaltender out. Adam Gaudette scored, what is becoming a signature for the Canucks, the bank goal and it was 4-0 and looking out of reach for the home team.
The Sharks Vs Canucks could not muster any attack to start the 2nd period. They didn't manage their first shot until the 12:47 mark of the 2nd period. Going over 12 minutes without a shot on net. Things were not looking good for the Sharks vs Canucks Saturday night.
The second period ended like the rest of the game had gone. Not good for the Sharks Vs Canucks. Hopefully, the 3rd period would provide better results for San Jose as the Fans were getting a bit restless. They let the home team hear it at the end of the second with a chorus of boos.
San Jose 3rd Period Too Little Too Late
3rd period Sharks Vs Canucks was a tale of too little and too late. Vancouver led 22-16 in shots and 4-0 on the scoreboard. Controlling play for most of the game. San Jose was looking to build, start playing good hockey and get on a roll for the next home game.
They didn't start off very well. Joe Thornton, Goalless on the season, took a penalty to end the 2nd. Sharks Vs Canucks were on the PK to start the period. They were able to kill it off staying perfect for the year at 19/19 at home. Some back and forth zone play and San Jose was able to start to pressure. But then a penalty and things looked very bad already down 4-0.
It did however seem to spark the Sharks Vs Canucks. After stopping Vancouver on the beginning on the power play they were able to force a 2-1 the other way. Marc-Edouard Vlasic got his own rebound and beat Demko to make it 4-1 on the second short handed goal in as many nights for the Canucks.
It was too little to late as Vancouver was still on the powerplay. An unsportsmanlike penalty to Thornton gave the Canucks a 2 man advantage and they did not waste it. Controlling most of the play and the Sharks Vs Canucks had no answer. Elias Pettersson scored his second of the game and 5th of the season. So much for a perfect penalty kill for the Sharks.
Sharks Vs Canucks were able to get one back late but it wasn't nearly enough. Thatcher Demko improves to 4-1-0 with stats up at the top of the league. Good thing for Vancouver fans that's the backup!
The big guns came out again tonight as the Alien, Boeser and Horvat all had 2 points. Was a strong end to a strong game for the Canucks @ Sharks 5-2.
Canucks @ Sharks 5-2 Great Roadtrip By Vancouver
Vancouver Canucks took care of California. Going 2-0-1 and picking up a possible 5 of 6 points. outscoring the opposition 11-7 in the 3 games to keep them tied with the Boston Bruins for Goal Differential with +19. Eww, I'm sorry for mentioning them with the Canucks nice run.
The San Jose Sharks have now lost a season-high 5 games in a row. They have had 4 and 5 game losing streaks already this year. For a team with such preseason promise, they are not playing good hockey. It will be hard for them to claw out of the cellar of the West. If any team has the talent it might be the Sharks.
Both teams head back into action on Tuesday night. The Sharks play the equally struggling Chicago Blackhawks, Right Blackhawks, again my bad.
While the Canucks head back home to wait for the Defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues. Unfortunately, the Western Conference in the NHL is super close right now. 12 points separate 1st from 15th and it gets even tighter 1st to 11th.
All Vancouver can do is continue to play the right way and hope the injuries don't keep pilling up.
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