Everyone Can Relax After Canucks vs Avalanche Ends In A Win
How is everyone doing? Feeling a bit better now after Canucks vs Avalanche 6-3 win? Coming into tonight Canucks fans were in full-on panic mode. After a 4 game slide which saw Vancouver lose two games in spectacularly horrible fashion. There were calls for the heads to roll. Fire Coach Travis Green, Fire Jim Benning, Fire Fin! Okay, no one said to fire Fin but you get the idea. Colorado was sitting pretty for the playoffs and looking to catch the St. Louis Blues for 1st overall in the Western Conference.
The Avalanche came into Friday night at Rogers Arena having won 9 straight on the road. Good news for Vancouver is they played their last game at home and lost 4-3 in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks. Vladislav Namertnikov opened the scoring for the Avs in the 1st period. The Ducks were able to score 2 goals and take the lead before Gabriel Landeskog tied it up on the powerplay. After some great control in the Anaheim zone, Landeskog walked right in and snipped it off the post and in past a helpless Ryan Miller.
Sam Steel would score his 6th of the year to take the lead for Anaheim in the second period. The teams would play a tight game but Colorado was able to tie things up at 7:19 of the 3rd period once again on the powerplay. Off the rush, Nathan MacKinnon would walk in and make a move to the slot. He let go a lazer than tied the game up at 3 and sent things to overtime. With 10 seconds to go in the extra frame, Rikard Rakell picked up the puck in his zone and started out. He faked a slapshot and then was able to beat Pavel Francouz with less than 2 seconds to go.
Francouz will get the start again in Canucks vs Avalanche after making 26 saves on 30 shots against the Ducks. Vancouver is coming off a loss, actually, they are coming off 4 straight losses. Thing were starting to look bleak for Canucks fans after falling to the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Wednesday night. Carl Soderberg opened the scoring for a much hungrier Coyotes team in the 1st period. Vancouver was able to weather the storm and be the better team in the 2nd period but couldn't beat Darcy Kuemper.
Tyler Toffoli was able to tie things up for Vancouver on the Powerplay. He took a feed from J.T. Miller and roofed it past Kuemper. Jake Virtanen, who was easily the best Canuck on the night, would help lead to the 2nd goal. A shot on the rush that rebounded perfectly out to Tanner Pearson who was able to give Vancouver a 2-1 lead. The air was taken out of Rogers Arena after back to back goals by the Coyotes to re-take the lead. First Nick Schmaltz scored his 9th to tie the game before Lawson Crouse was able to give Arizona the 3-2 lead.
Vancouver had a poor showing in the 3rd period and once again gave up a lead. The Coyotes were able to seal the game with an empty-net goal by Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Demko was sharp at times but let in some soft goals. He would get the start again for the Canucks vs Avalanche while Francouz would be in net for the road team. Tyler Myers was back in tonight after missing Wednesday. For Colorado, Cale Makar didn't make the road trip. So we are all robbed of the Makar, Quinn Hughes rookie showdown we dreamed of.
Canucks vs Avalanche Great Start For Home Side
Things started off great for the Canucks vs Avalanche Friday night at Rogers Arena. Just 1:22 into the first period Troy Stecher once again became a fan favorite. Miller did a great job to draw defenders into the middle of the ice before passing it off to Stecher. The Richmond boy found the back of the net. A wrist shot from the top of the circle and Vancouver had the 1-0 lead. The play would even out with a powerplay for the road team. Tyler Myers was called for a roughing penalty on Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.
Demko was forced into two nice saves. J.T. Compher was stopped in tight and Vancouver was able to clear and eventually kill the penalty. The chances would continue for both teams Canucks vs Avalanche. Landeskog would fan on a wide-open chance in the slot for Colorado. And moments later Jake Virtanen was sent in on a breakaway and stopped glove side by Francouz. The game was wide open and Vancouver took advantage of the 2 on 1. Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller were in on the odd-man rush. Petey waited just long enough before finding Miller, who buried his 27th of the year.
Colorado was able to cut into the led 48 seconds after Miller made it 2-0 for Vancouver. Landeskog found Mackinnon on the long feed up the ice and he was able to back off the defense. A quick spin and a pass to Erik Johnson and his wrist shot found its way through Demko. The game would start going in the Avalanches favor after the goal as Vancouver didn't get another shot in the period. Demko was called upon lots to end the first-period making a stop on Tyson Jost and stopping 16 of the 17 shots he faced. Despite the onslaught, the Canucks vs Avalanche would end the period with a 2-1 lead.
Canucks Came Out Early And Weathered A Second Period Storm
The first two minutes of the second period for the Canucks vs Avalanche wasn't very exciting. It was alright because Zack "Big" MacEwen was able to give Vancouver an extra value goal. Some great work on the boards in his own end by Antione Roussel "Rooster". Wait he should have ordered a McChicken! Nevermind. MacEwen was able to force the puck out and go on a partial breakaway. He came in on the right side and wristed it past Francouz for the 3-1 lead.
Colorado came right back again just over a minute later thanks to Landeskog. Nathan Mackinnon was able to beat Alex Edler on the forecheck and knock it to Landeskog. He stopped on a dime and made Tanner Pearson look like a pylon before sniping it blocker side past Demko. Things went from bad to worse 5 minutes later for the Canucks vs Avalanche. Valeri, that hurt my spell check, Nuchushkin came down on a 2 on 1 and beat Demko glove side. Colorado was once again even at 3 goals apiece 8:04 into the 2nd period.
Vancouver settled things down defensively and that was the last shot that the Avalanche would get in the 2nd period. After some Neutral zone play the Canucks would take back the lead. An offensive zone faceoff won back to Oscar Fantenberg would lead to the Canuck's 4th goal of the game. He was able to dump it back in deep to Adam Gaudette who originally won the face-off. He made a nice move at the half wall and sent the puck in front right to Antoine Roussel. He was able to jam it past Francouz from in close at the 12:17 mark of the second period.
Canucks vs Avalanche started getting heated to end the period which was nice to see from the home side. Scrums were started anytime a stick touched Demko after the whistle. It was a good bounce back after Vancouver saw Demko get taken out several times against the Coyotes. The Rough stuff would continue when Tyler Myers was given a boarding penalty for being too big. It was an interesting call and yes, Jost did go into the boards awkwardly but he just got shoved over from 3 feet out.
Johnson came to the defense of his teammate and was given a roughing minor for the punches he was able to land on Myers. Both teams would skate 4 on 4 which added to the excitement but neither team got any chances. The Canucks vs Avalanche were gifted an opportunity to restore their two-goal advantage when Matt Nieto was called for hooking on MacEwen. They wasted the opportunity trying to be to fancy with passes instead of shooting and the period would end 4-3 for the Canucks vs Avalanche.
Vancouver Holds Off Colorado In A Chippy 3rd Period
Vancouver came out with an almost perfect 3rd period. Dictating all of the play and controlling the puck they were able to force an early penalty. Johnson took a slashing call on Quinn Hughes but the Canucks vs Avalanche couldn't beat Francouz. Even after Namestnikov took a holding penalty on Pettersson giving Vancouver a brief 5 on 3. The score stayed 4-3 for the home side.
Vancouver limited the shots on Demko in the third period. Colorado was able to manage just one until Alex Edler took a holding penalty on Mackinnon 6:33 into the period. This left the door wide open for the road team but Chris Tanev was able to block a dangerous chance before Myers cleared it down into the Colorado end. Vancouver would clog up the Neutral zone to preserve the 4-3 lead until the rough stuff ensued. Bo Horvat was the target of a questionable knee on knee from Mark Barberio and Chris Tanev took exception.
Both he and Namestnikov were given roughing calls, and we were back to 4 on 4 hockey for the Canucks vs Avalanche. Colorado had a couple of great chances to tie the game but Landeskog put a rolling puck high over the goal. Thatcher Demko came up big a little later in the period on Neito before Zack MacEwen sealed the game for the Canucks vs Avalanche. Gaudette and Roussel broke in on a 2 on 1 but couldn't get a shot off. They didn't quit and were able to get it from the sideboards behind the net. From there, Roussel found MacEwen in front for his second of the evening.
Colorado must not have gotten the memo as they pulled their goalie with over 2 minutes to go. Green, of course, sent out the "Insurance Line" and Loui Eriksson was able to work the puck out and find Tanner Pearson. He scored from over the red line for his 6th empty-net goal of the year and 21st overall. The Canucks vs Avalanche would hold on for the 6-3 lead despite some late pressure on Demko.
It was a great 6-3 for the Canucks vs Avalanche NHL and will go a long way to calm down fans. Vancouver has games in had on every team they are chasing and control their own destiny to end the year. One thing is for sure, we will have meaningful hockey played in Vancouver for the first time in many years!
A 2020 Rivalry For Canucks vs Avalanche?
Vancouver will continue their homestand and await the Columbus Blue Jackets Sunday night. After last week I'm sure they will come out with a sense of urgency. Vancouver moved back into the 1st NHL Wildcard spot with the win. While Colorado remains two points back of St. Louis with a game in hand. The Avalanche will continue their 3 game road trip down in California Sunday and Monday. They will head down and play the San Jose Sharks before a showdown with the L.A. Kings.
Could we be seeing the start of a new rivalry? We already have Makar and Hughes debates raging constantly from both fan bases. Now with another game next week and a potential first-round playoff matchup. It seems we may finally have a rivalry in Vancouver. Canucks vs Avalanche on Friday, March 13th is shaping up to be must-watch TV. Oh it will also have huge playoff implications.
Canucks vs Avalanche NHL Highlights
Check out the Highlights for the 6-3 win by the Canucks vs Avalanche. It was a nervous game for Vancouver fans who were on the outside looking in after the Winnipeg Jets Victory earlier in the day.
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