March 17/19- Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars- Random Notes
Dallas is in a wild card spot. The Canucks season is all but over. It’s amazing just how many injury problems the Canucks have had over the last 4 seasons. Chris Tanev and Antoine Roussel both had season ending injuries last game and the Canucks have gotten garbage luck in the draft lottery to boot. When will the bad luck for the Canucks stop? It’s Anton Khudobin vs Jacob Markstrom tonight. Ben Bishop is injured. Nikolay Goldobin is a healthy scratch tonight. I think it’s a safe bet to say Travis Green doesn’t like him. I wonder if the Canucks will trade him in the offseason. FIRST PERIOD Schaller SCORES- in the first minute of the game! It’s Schaller’s first NHL goal on the first shot of the game- it’s a weak one- Khudobin didn’t cover the post properly on a wraparound. Elias Pettersson apparently has been told to shoot the puck more. Why wouldn’t he with that bullet of a shot he has? He gets a nice scoring chance about 5 minutes into the game but doesn’t score. Virtanen PENALTY- holding at 6:30- Stars PP looks great- multiple scoring chances. Somehow Markstrom comes up big and the Stars keep missing the net! Canucks kill the penalty. Markstrom continues to impress. He’s been great on the road lately. He just isn’t getting much scoring support since Boeser and Pettersson have been slumping. The Stars really start carrying the play after the Virtanen penalty. They’re fighting for their playoff lives and it shows. Schaller SCORES- his 2nd of the game! Klingberg coughed up the puck and Pettersson made a great set up! Elias Pettersson has now tied the rookie points record for the Canucks! He shares the record with Ivan Hlinka and Pavel Bure! END FIRST The Canucks looked ok, but it’s obvious the Canucks are in over their head with their injuries. The Stars clearly have more depth. SECOND PERIOD Pettersson gets another scoring chance about 1:30 in- he misses the net. It’s good to see him shoot more! Only a matter of time before rookie points Canucks record is broken! The Stars continue to dominate- shots are 5-0 to start the second period and they hit a crossbar. Pettersson goes in on a breakaway and gets hauled down by Klingberg- PENALTY SHOT! Pettersson goes in- Khudobin threw his goalie stick st him and it doesn’t get called!!!! Are you kidding me?!? That should be an automatic goal! The Stars keep up the heat and Markstrom continues to play well. The Canucks are getting some chances but you can see the Stars depth is superior. Last minute of the second period! BENN SCORES- 19:39- Tyler Motte coughed up the puck at the Stars blueline, Benn goes in and scores on a wrist shot. The pits. Vancouver 2 Dallas 1 END SECOND THIRD PERIOD Stars keep up the heat! Markstrom continues to play well. Stetcher PENALTY- high stick- 1:16 Stars PP looks great- just can’t finish. The Canucks have a great P.K. at home, but terrible on the road, but they’re getting the job done tonight! Penalty over- Canucks still lead 2-1! Dallas outshooting Canucks 5-1 so far. Polak gets hit in the face with the puck right between the eyes- OUCH! He gets up and is fine. The Stars continue to dominate. Fedun SCORES- off of a big slapshot at 16:11! Tie game! The Stars keep the pressure on but Markstrom holds strong! The Canucks earn at least a point out of this one! END REGULATION OVERTIME Both teams are 6-5 in overtime this year. The action is immediate. I briefly played 3 on 3 in a summer league. It was a blast to play and just as fun to watch. Benn- PENALTY- Tripping- Benn tripped up Pettersson! Then Stetcher almost scored on the delayed penalty because players stopped playing! Canucks PP- The Canucks move the puck all around and look great on a 4 on 3, but they aren't able to put the puck past Khudobin! It's end to end! The crowd in Dallas is going nuts! After he penalty to Benn expired, it was 4 on 4 for at least couple of minutes. There wasn't a stoppage in play the whole time! Finally the play stopped and they went back to 3 on 3. Overtime solves nothing! END OVERTIME SHOOTOUT Dallas starts! Seguin MISS Pettersson MISS- he hit the crossbar! Radulov MISS Boeser MISS Benn MISS Pearson MISS ROUND 4- sudden death! Hintz MISS Leivo SCORES!!!- grerat wrist shot to beat Khudobin! Canucks win 3-2 in a SO! Can the Canucks keep it going against the Blackhawks? Random Notes coming on the Blackhawks-Canucks game tomorrow!
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