The team allowed three power play goals, including two in the third period, en route to a 4-2 home loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
“It’s a bit of a broken record, I’m sure,” said the Canucks defenseman. Tucker Poolman. “Every game it’s a game here and there and they happen to be special teams in one way or another. But we’ve got to stick with that as a group here, play hard for each other and keep rectifying. “
Vancouver entered the game with the worst penalty kill in the league, having suffered just 62.3% of penalties in the first 16 games of the year.
Then Colorado went 3 for 5 with the man advantage on Wednesday.
The Avs have been paying more attention to the details of their power play lately, said Nazem Kadri, trying to perform better and make more passes from tape to tape.
“The guys we have there communicated a lot and just trying to dot our I’s and cross our T’s, just trying to perform at a high level,” said Kadri, who had a goal and two assists in the game. victory. “We have the skills, it’s just about executing the game plan and tonight was, I think, one of our best nights on the power play.
Mikko Rantanen also scored and got two assists for the Avs (7-5-1), while Cale Makar had one of each and Gabriel Landeskog added a strike to the empty net.
Poolman scored and provided an assist for the Canucks (5-10-2), who also scored a Conor garland.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 32 of 34 shots for the Avalanche and Thatcher Demko made 26 saves for the Canucks.
The result extended the Canucks’ losing skid to five games and follows a disastrous road trip that saw Vancouver win 19-6 in three straight blowouts, including a 7-1 loss to the Avalanche last Thursday.
Vancouver dominated the visitors on Wednesday and briefly held the lead early in the third period, only to see it snatched away with another power-play goal.
“It’s frustrating to lose, especially with an effort like this,” said head coach Travis Green. “Five on five was one of our best games of the year. Obviously, the penalty kill has let us down.
The Canucks struggled on the penalty kill and did some good blocks, he said, but also faced broken sticks.
“Sometimes when the ball goes down a hill it’s hard to stop the momentum. But I kinda thought we took a few steps tonight. I thought we were unlucky on the kill tonight, ”he said. “But we have to be better. There is no doubt about it. “
Vancouver pulled out Demko in the bottom of the third in an effort to score another equalizer, but instead saw Landeskog bury a shot in an empty net with 10 seconds left.
After being hit at the other end of the ice, the Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes cross checked Samuel Girard, scoring another power-play goal for Colorado at 3:12 of the third period.
“I was obviously upset, I didn’t like the shot,” Hughes said. “But that’s what it is. I can not do that.
Devon Toews sent a smooth pass to Makar, who fired a rocket from the top of the face-off circle to take the score to 3-2 with just 10 seconds of the power play.
The Avs were 3 for 5 with the power play on Wednesday while the Canucks didn’t score any three power play goals.
The Canucks briefly took the lead at 1:30 of the third period when Poolman scored his first goal in a Canucks jersey. His shot from the top of the face-off circle hit Kuemper and ended up under the goalie’s pads before crossing the goal line to give Vancouver a 2-1 lead.
The home team had little time to celebrate, however – seconds later, Alex Chiasson was called in for a nudge.
The ensuing penalty saw Demko soar through the mouth of the goal before Kadri slapped a puck into the gaping net to tie the score 2-2.
Pushing and pushing followed the goal, and Rantanen and Vancouver both advanced JT Miller were sent to the box for roughing.
The Canucks dominated most of the second period and outscored the Avs 15-7 during the period.
Vancouver equalized the score at 8:52 of the second following heavy pressure on the Avs net.
Garland blocked a shot from one side of the net, the puck rebounding towards Jason Dickinson at the top of the fold. Dickinson picked up a piece of the puck and sent it rolling through the blue paint as Garland made his way to the other side of the net in time to hit a backhand shot behind Kuemper’s skate for his fourth of the l ‘year.
“You just have to put washers on the nets. There is a very good goalkeeper there. Their guy blocked a shot and (Dickinson) stayed with it and luckily found me, ”Garland said. “I should try to do it a little more myself. I just have to find a way to get another one obviously.
Colorado got off to a good start, passing the home side 9-1 in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Alex Newhook had a great chance when he tried to block a puck from the top of the crease, only to see Demko make the save. Russian rookie Vasily Podkolzin has been called in for hooking Newhook to the game.
The Avs took advantage of the power play at 7:17 as Rantanen fired a wrist shot at Demko’s glove for his sixth goal of the season.
Colorado head coach Jared Bednar said his team got off to a great start, but the mid-game 30 minutes “belonged to the Canucks.”
“I thought they were the fastest team, the hungrier team, the heaviest team, but I liked the resilience of our guys to kinda stick to it”, a- he declared. “It wasn’t easy for us and then we had a good third. So you’re falling behind and you’re on the road but our guys wanted it tonight and they went to work for the third period, had a good period. “
The Canucks continue a three-game home game on Friday as they host the Winnipeg Jets. The Avs will face the Kraken in Seattle that same night.
NOTES: Chants of “Fire Benning” erupted in the top bowl midway through the third period, referencing Canucks general manager Jim Benning. … Colorado defender Bowen Byram was dropped from the roster after sustaining a concussion in the Avs’ win over the Canucks last week. The former Vancouver Giants star has yet to play an NHL game in Vancouver.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 17, 2021.