Canucks Are Run Wild By Minnesota In Opening Game
The Canucks are Run Wild By Minnesota 3-0. In the Opening of the 5 game series between the two teams know one really knew what we would see coming out. Everyone was excited, fired up, ready to go, pick your cliché.
Did we expect Minnesota to be extremely Physical? Probably, did we expect to see it at a point where it disrupted the Canucks game so heavily? Probably not.
Travis Green went with Michael Ferland and Brandon Sutter in the line up instead of Jake Virtanen and either Loui Eriksson or Zack MacEwen. There were many takeaways from the Canucks and Wild Game 1 so let's get right into things.
1st Period Set The Tempo For The Wild
Both teams came out swinging early before the Canucks are run wild by Minnesota. A great first shift from the top line of Elias Pettersson, T.J. Miller, and Tyler Toffoli. A fight off the faceoff with Ferland Minnesota's Marcus Foligno just 1:20 into the game and it looked like both teams were in Playoff, or Play-In, or whatever mode.
I will worry about Ferland a little later, but Vancouver would take a penalty and open the door for the Wild. Ryan Donato would draw a tripping call against Alex Edler just 2:47 into the game. Minnesota didn't take long to score just 3 seconds later Kevin Fiala made it 1-0 from Jared Spurgeon and Eric Staal.
The Canucks are run Wild by Minnesota shortly after and Jacob Markstrom was able to keep the score 1-0 with great saves on Staal on a breakaway and Zach Parise. Tyler Myers took a cross-checking penalty on Parise at 4:17 but Vancouver was able to kill it off. Shots were 7-3 for the Wild after 5 minutes but things would turn around a bit on the ice.
Things slowed down a bit with whistles and Vancouver was able to ease into play a bit against the Wild. The period would end 1-0 for Minnesota with the Canucks leading in Shots 14-12 but down in scoring chances for 9-10.
Canucks Ran The Play But Gave Up Another In the 2nd Period
Vancouver woke up in the second period with more flow to start things off. Brandon Sutter turned a fired one off the outside of the post for one of Vancouver's best chances. Quinn Hughes would follow up with a chance coming down into the slot but his wrist shot was right into Stalock's glove.
The Canucks would continue to try and swing the momentum against the Wild. Every time they looked to be building things they would take a penalty. This time it was Tanner Pearson with a slash on Carson Soucy at the 9:53 mark.
Once again the Canucks are run Wild by Minnesota on the powerplay for the 2-0 lead. Eric Staal wheeled around at the point before heading down the left side. He waited just long enough and found Jared Spurgeon cross Ice. Alex Edler was unable to save it as the ball hockey goalie before it went through Markstrom.
Vancouver outshot Minnesota through two periods so we have that positive. They also had the only 3 high danger chances for despite giving up a second goal. Bring on the 3rd period... cause we had to play it. Even though the Canucks are run Wild by Minnesota.
The Canucks Vs Wild Needed A Better 3rd Period in 3-0 Loss
4 shots when trailing by 2 goals in the final frame isn't enough and that was all Vancouver could manage. The Canucks are run Wild by Minnesota once again in the 3rd period of Thursday night. Tanner Pearson took a slashing penalty on Connor Hellebuyck...oops I mean Alex Stalock but the Wild weren't able to capitalize.
Minnesota would keep coming and Markstrom had to come up big on a breakaway by Eric Staal. Vancouver would get some zone time but couldn't get many dangerous chances or even shots on net. Ferland was trying to spark the team and spear the other when he took a penalty at the 9:20 mark. Luckily Minnesota received a bench minor to make it 4 on 4 you know to even things up.
Canucks are run Wild by Minnesota in the Neutral Zone on way to a 3-0 loss. It wasn't pretty for the Wild but it sure was effective. Vancouver was finally able to get a penalty call with 4:41 to go in the final period. It didn't lead to anything, not even a shot and the Wild sealed it shortly after with an empty-net goal by Spurgeon, his second of the evening.
It is clear something will need to change after the Canucks are run Wild by Minnesota. a 3-0 loss to start the 5 game series off isn't comforting but the head coach not making adjustments was also not comforting.
After Thoughts After Canucks Are Run Wild By Minnesota
Canucks And Wild Go Again Tuesday Night after the 3-0 loss. It will be interesting to see what coach Travis Green does with the lineup. It is clear Minnesota wants to come out fast and hit hard and a player like Jake Virtanen or Zack MacEwen could help tilt things in Vancouver's favor.
Here are my Unnumbered, Unnamed points from the game:
The Canucks were not ready for playoff hockey! It makes sense, we have to remember this was Quinn Hughes, Elias Pettersson, and Brock Boeser's first playoff games but they played well. It might have been nervous legs from players like Toffoli, Miller, and Sutter but they didn't look like playoff veterans.
Minnesota has a pretty clear game plan; Hit everything that skates and when they turn the puck over make them pay. It worked in game one and you could see the Canucks defense a little hesitant to play it out of their zone knowing they were about to get crunched.
Travis Green needs to make changes in-game, and now post-game because a 5 game series goes quick. Leaving 29 out of the 224 goals you scored in the season is a bit risky against a defensive team like the Wild. Even if one of them if Loui Eriksson and he only scores when the net is empty. There isn't a shoutout in the playoffs so you are going to need to score at least one goal a game.
You win Mr. Booth, you win...
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