Canucks Vs Blues A Test Against The Best In The West
Tuesday night at Rogers Arena saw the Canucks Vs Blues. A battle of two of the 3 top teams in the Western Conference. Everything on paper made for a good game. St. Louis came in with 21 pts through 16 games. While Vancouver had 20 in 14 games. It was 70's night and the throwback Jersey's and everything else was on display.
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— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 6, 2019
Both teams were coming into tonight on hot streaks. Vancouver had come off a California road trip. Seeing them get 5 out of a possible 6 points. The Blue were even hotter having won 4 in a row and 6 of 7. With the only loss to the Boston Bruins. What might be a positive for Canuck fans is that the Blue's only have a +1 goal differential. Vancouver, second in the league with a +19.
The Canucks Vs Blues started Jacob Markstrom in the net. While the defending Stanley Cup Champions went with Jordan Binnington. This was the second matchup between last year's Calder Trophy Finalists. Elias Pettersson was looking to get the upper hand for the second game in a row. The Blues star goalie would have something to say about that.
Both Goalies would have something to say about the game. Coming in with similar numbers, Markstrom with a 5-2-0-2 record, 2.51 GAA and a .917 save percentage.While Benniginton came in with more wins. But almost identical stats GAA, 2.56 and save percentage, .917. Tonight's matchup Canucks Vs Blues was bound to be decided by the Goalies.
Back And Forth Canucks Vs Blues In The 1st Period
The first period gave us exactly what most hockey fans expected. Canucks Vs Blues was a back and forth battle. Goaltending led the way in the period. Both Markstrom and Bennington had clean sheets after one. Vancouver outshot St. Louis 12-6 and controlled most of the play in the period.
The shots and the play were in favor of Vancouver in the 1st period. 2 Powerplays helped rack up the 12 shots. None, however, were good enough to beat Bennington. Some missed chances and shots fluttering off the stick right to the goalie. It looked like tonight Vancouver wouldn't be catching any lucky breaks.
St. Louis did push back a bit to end the period. They made the Canucks work in their own end. A very present Jake Virtanen was able to cause a turnover with a hit to relieve any pressure. Jake was a noticeable player all game and while he didn't factor into the score sheet. He had 5 Shots on Goal and 3 Hits. Maybe even more important for Canucks fans was how he played in his own end.
The first ended with a sense of excitement for the second period. Canucks Vs Blues was living up to an early-season game between two very strong teams. This was a measuring stick for Vancouver. The Champs were in town!
Despite Being Outplayed The Blues Took The Lead
The Canucks Vs Blues were winning the shot battle. And the Powerplay battle but Vancouver was still level going into the second period. A quick penalty at the 55-second mark for both teams and we had some 4 on 4 hockey. Both teams played it back and forth with the best chance coming to Brayden Schenn.
It didn't take long after the 4 on 4 ended for St. Louis to take advantage. A turnover by Markstrom and Tyler Bozak ended his goal slump for the year. Notching his first on an assist by Sammy Blais and Alex Steen. Just like that Canucks Vs Blues were down after controlling the play 3:37 into the period.
Things didn't change for the Canucks are they controlled the game. Another Powerplay for a Zach Sanford slashing call helped. Canucks Vs. Blues couldn't beat Bennington. Both goalies were showing why they were the number one for their respective teams.
A Powerplay at the end of the period helped weather the storm for the Blues. A couple of good chances steered aside by Markstrom gave his team a chance going into the 3rd period. Someone who Vancouver fans should be excited about was Jake Virtanen. 5 Shots of Goal and 3 hits, he was a force all over the ice making several backchecking plays to stop the Blues in the second.
The Canucks Vs Blues were up 25-16 in shots and had controlled play. They were on the bad end of a 0-1 result after two periods but if this team has shown anything this year it has been resilience. Here's hoping it continued for the rest of the game.
Canucks Vs Blues Cue Another Comeback?
Vancouver looked like a team wanting to tie this game. Blocking shots, throwing big hits. J.T. Miller, Virtanen and Tyler Myers were throwing their weight around. Miller had 8 hits tonight and at one point was bowling over Blues players. It was nice to see from a Canuck's standpoint.
It seemed to spark the home squad as Canucks Vs Blues were able to tie it up. After a couple of strong offensive zone shifts by the top line. Feedback to the point by Josh Leivo to Quinn Hughes and he was able to get one past Bennington for his second of the year. And more importantly a 1-1 tie.
— Joshua (@JoshuaGriffith0) November 6, 2019
It was an important goal as it sent the teams off to Overtime. Vancouver remained without a regulation loss at home. And would hope to give their fans an exciting 3-3. It was an exciting 3-3 just more for the visiting team than for the Canucks Vs Blues. Feel bad for Markstrom on this one...
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) November 6, 2019
No, it is not a video game but it sure felt like it if you were a Canucks Fan. One point but deserving of more after controlling the play for most of the game. Outshooting the Blues 34-27 and being physical with 29 hits to 16. It was a game where you can take a lot of positives. Canucks Vs Blues was a game for any hockey fan!
What To Take Away From The Canucks 2-1 Loss Vs the Blues
That the Canucks and Blues are two solid teams. They both have goaltending, grit, and scoring. and while the Blues took a hit with Tarasenko going down they don't show any signs of slowing. This should be scary to the rest of the teams in the Western Conference.
St. Louis didn't play a very good game in Vancouver on Tuesday night. But they did do enough to win. and that's why they are Stanley Cup Champs. The Canucks should hold their heads high after that performance though as they served notice that they are ready to compete as well.
Vancouver has a tough 2 game road trip coming up Thursday in Chicago and Friday in Winnipeg. The Blues finish off their western road trip with another game against a top opponent. They go again Wednesday in Edmonton against Connor McDavid and the Oilers.
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