Vancouver Canucks 5, Vegas Golden Knight 4 – Overtime
Still no Tanner Pearson or Brock Boeser for the Canucks at forward, both out with upper body injuries. Defenceman Kyle Burroughs plays right wing on a line with Sheldon Dries and Brad Richardson.
Golden Knights captain Mark Stone returned to the line-up after missing 45 games, three days after forward Max Pacorietty returned after missing a total of 43 matches over two stints.
Robin Lehner vs. Thatcher Demko.
Riding Shotgun with Vasily
We pulled off a Vasily Podkolzin shift diary this evening, linked here, and it was pretty entertaining to say the least.
1st Period 1-0 Vancouver – Bo Horvat (31) – Alex Chiasson, JT Miller (1:04) Power Play
((– A one-timer from the ‘bumper’ in the slot on a perfect, gentle feed from Chiasson next to the goal.))
1st Period 1-1 Vegas – Alec Martinez (1) – Mattias Janmark, Keegan Kolesar (16:59) Even Strength
((– Janmark’s point shot through a screen deflected in off passer-by Martinez from a tough angle. No chance for Demko.))
2nd Period 2-1 Vancouver – Vasily Podkolzin (11) – Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes (1:27) Power Play
((– Beautiful slap-pass down low from ‘Petey’ to the crease where Pods redirected off post and then converted rebound.))
2nd Period 3-1 Vancouver – Elias Pettersson (26) – Conor Garland (3:16) Even Strength
((– Nice move to the slot on a solo rush from the right wing boards. He pushes puck to net and backchecking D-man Zach Whitecloud ends up kicking into own net through Lehner. Waved off at first, goal awarded upon review. Puck crossed line.))
2nd Period 3-2 Vegas – Michael Amadio (9) – Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson (4:26) Even Strength
((– Bo Horvat tried to ‘block’ a shot with his stick and instead deflected it perfectly on an angle past a startled Demko.))
2nd Period 4-2 Vancouver – Brad Richardson (4) Elias Pettersson (13:03) Even Strength
((– Two-one-one rush converted off a turnover at the Canucks line. Vegas D-man Ben Hutton backed all the way out of the play, allowing Richardson to rip it home off the feed from Petey.))
3rd Period 4-3 Vegas – Shea Theodore (12) Evgenii Dadonov, Alec Martinez (5:27) Even Strength
((– Alone in the right wing circle, took his time and ripped one off the far post and in.))
3rd Period 4-4 Vegas – Shea Theodore (13) Alex Pietrangelo, Jack Eichel (19:18) Even Strength – Extra Attacker
((– The Canucks killer lately, Langley native Theodore scored his 3rd this season at Rogers Arena with a top-shelf laser.))
Overtime 5-4 Vancouver – Quinn Hughes (6) Conor Garland, Bo Horvat (:51) 3-on-3 Even Strength
((– Off a scramble in front following a Garland shot, Hughes stroked it in over a sprawling Lehner.))
The Vancouver Canucks earned the first two power plays of the game and they came early. Alex Pietrangelo went for tripping at :57 and Vancouver scored just seven-seconds later. Not long after the goal, Max Pacioretty went for unsportsmanlike conduct at 1:28.
The Golden Knights killed the second one without much of a threat.
Vancouver’s first penalty came for too-many-men-on-the-ice at 9:50. The Golden Knights only had one good scoring chance and it came just as the penalty expired. Demko made a save in close on a deflection and held.
At 19:33 of the 1st period, Evgenii Dadonov got his money’s worth, recklessly swinging his stick down and clunking Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the head in the Vancouver Canucks zone. OEL was shaken up a bit but OK.
The power play would carry over to the 2nd period.
No power play opportunities in the second.
in the third period, Vegas would get their chances. Myers went off for hooking at 9:17 of the third period and the Canucks killed off the opportunity.
Kyle Burroughs would then go off for a sketchy hooking call at 11:47. This would appear to be an effort by the officials to even-up the chances, which isn’t uncommon this time of year.
Vancouver killed it off.
The Canucks finished the game 2-for-3, the Golden Knights finished 0-for-3.
Simmer’s Canucks 3 Stars:
3) Quinn Hughes – Game winning goal on his only shot, an assist, 4 blocked shots in 25:24 of ice time.
2) Elias Pettersson – Goal and two assists. Seemed to be everywhere. Played 21:30 with 5 shots on goal and 2 takeaways.
1) Thatcher Demko – Stopped a slew of chances in the third period, had to contend with his teammate traffic. Made 41 saves.