Vancouver Canucks: Canadian team. At least for one night.
During Hockey Night in Canada, in which all seven Canadian teams played, Canacos were the only ones who won by defeating Calgary Flames 3-2 on Saturday overtime to complete Alberta's post-Christmas run.
Alex Edler scored 3:06 in overtime, once selecting a wonderful pass from Brock Bozer under the goalkeeper Calgary David Rittih, to bring the hot strip of the Canucks to 8-2-1 from 4 December. Only San Jose sharks did better than Vancouver in the Western Conference of the last 10 games, and the Canucks splash follows a 1-10-2 pickup that could bury their National Hockey League season, but obviously did not.
Vancouver remains one point from the playoffs since it reached the middle of its season at 19-18-4.
Young stars Bozer and Elias Pettersson scored the first two goals in the Canucks, each of which struck the world on the wrist from a distance, while Mark Jankowski and Travis Hamonik scored Flames goals with short hands.
The real star of the game, however, was the Canucks goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom, who made 31 saving throws, many of which were difficult, and stopped the Flame with equal force, despite Calgary’s 14-minute dominance spell, which he beat Vancouver 14 0 from the mark of 12:25 of the first period.
The Canucks were noted by many of the most hated teams in hockey, when they won the presidents trophies at the beginning of this decade. Now they are not the best team, but they have something to love.
Here are some conclusions from the victory.
Christmas is not cold
No one is going to give up the three days off, a turkey with the family and a short trip to Whistler for Christmas. But, really, the break in the schedule was far from ideal for the Canucks team, which was in quite good rhythm and in a winning throw.
This makes a 4-2 win on Thursday over the Edmonton Oilers, when the Canacas diligently defended their advantage in the second half of the game, and the Saturday victory over Fire was particularly impressive.
This New Year's Eve race was not a deviation from the norm. Markstrom continued the best month in his NHL career, and the Canucks continue to produce goals in an amazing clip – an average of three per game of the season after the departure of Daniel and Henrik Sedinov – and the team’s defense continues to be strong, on Saturday ragged spells in the opening 40 minutes, despite on.
The Canucks' trip continues against the New Jersey Devils on New Year's Eve, before they visit Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. They have a chance to become a team of Canada for a few days longer.
This is the world of Pettersson
Hockey Night in Canada expert and insider Elliot Friedman predicted that if the Canucks make the playoffs, rookie Elias Pettersson will receive the Hart Trophy award.
The Twenty-year-old Swede is probably at least a couple of years old – and depending on how well the Canakies are – from a serious call for the highest personal honor of the NHL, but we understand Friedman's point of view. And Pettersson will get a few MVP votes if the Canucks really holds the Stanley Cup tournament in April.
Petersson cannot miss the West Coast team, which simply doesn’t notice a lot of attention outside of the Pacific time zone. You notice him every night. You know how the opposition, every time he is on the ice.
He scored a perfect two-on-one goal to tie up the game on Saturday 2–2 at 11:37 of the second period, throwing the rocket monster away from his defender to the right of goalkeeper David Rittih, who looked right to the left, where Pettersson scored his first goal in the NHL almost identical position against “Flame” in newcomer teams.
But Pettersson did much more than scoring. He seemed to be at the epicenter of the performance all night, impressing both in offensive and defensive zones. His second most important contribution was to protect two against one in overtime, stretching to block T.J. Brodie tried to get through. The center of the wire even interfered physically, registered three hits and returned to Dillon Dube at the end of the game after a newcomer Flames pushed him into the boards.
He also picked up a number when Sam Bennett made a dangerous attack on him on the open ice, almost missing a recruit Canucks with his knee.
Pettersson does not seem to wear out and does not become less effective, as the opposing teams pay him more attention. He seems to be getting better.
Get a shorty
Not often you experience two short goals and win. Both shortcomings of the Flames went against the second power unit of Vancouver. And the key culprit for both was striker Marcus Granlund, who threw a grenade through the ice on Josh Leivo, who led to a detachment from Calgary, and later forced to drive to the fire zone, which turned into a two-way. one other way.
Not a golden touch
One of the most interesting plays of the game was the unfortunate separation of the second stage of the “Canucks” of Nikolai Goldobin, when the Russian decided to pull the puck back, turn the club and shoot from under his feet. Reasonable? Probably no. Is it justified? Absolutely.
What good is this talent and offensive talent if you don't take it off from time to time? Goldobin made Rittih save. And Canuke has only one goal in the last 16 games, so he had to lose?
Well, Goldobin got only four shifts from trainer Travis Green in the last 27 minutes and finished with 9:53 am ice time. Only on the fourth line, Tyler Mott had less at 9:08.
At least, there is a consolation prize for a newcomer to Adam Godette of Kanuk, who was returned to the junior league two and a half months after his early recall against a background of injuries. A 22-year-old boy can finally pick up a new muscle car that he ordered shortly before he was called up in the NHL on October 15th.
That's it, and a lot of ice time, waiting for ruling winner Khobi Baker, who did some good things during his 31st run with the Canucks, but managed only two goals and six points.
Godette will play with Comets in special teams, almost double the average for 10:09 in the ice time he had in the NHL, and regain confidence in the game. After Sven Baerzki returned from a concussion that didn’t give him more than two months, it was very easy to understand that Godette would be a hit on the list.
The kanaki could drop the disappointing Tim Schaller in the position, what else could happen – as soon as Brandon Sutter approaches the return from a shoulder injury. But in three of the last four games, Godette had a lot less than eight minutes of the night. Regardless of the merits of Godette, he should play in his first professional hockey season. If he succeeds in the American League, he will probably return to Vancouver this season. And he has a nice trip until he does.
In his first game since October 24, when he received a concussion due to an irreparable back strike from Vegas's “Golden Knight” by Thomas Hickey, Baerci received help at the start of Bozer’s power goal and finished with three shots at 12:35 pm Ice Time.