Two games are in the books and the Vancouver Canucks are coming out of their opening weekend with a perfect 2-0 to start their season.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Flames Calgary Flames (October 15th)
With plenty of new faces and the pressure of a new season, it was understandable that the Canucks started off a bit sloppy.
They showed that by scoring on their own goal.
In his first season with the Vancouver Canucks, Loui Eriksson could not have asked for a worse start. He would score on his own net as it was left empty on a delayed penalty. The goal was awarded to Troy Brouwer for his second of the year.
After a scoreless second period, Eriksson would win back some fan support with a nice set-up for Daniel Sedin, tying the game at 1-1 at 16:09 of the third period. After holding the puck in the Calgary zone for almost two full minutes, Eriksson’s cross-crease pass deflected off a defensemen before landing right in front of Daniel.
With a scoreless overtime period, the teams headed into a shootout where it was Brandon Sutter who would score the only goal in the fourth round. After scoring the winner, Sutter was asked about it:
“Coming in on him, I don’t think the ice was very good so I thought about decking, but just looked up and found a spot.”
Ryan Miller started in net and stopped all 25 shots he faced.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Carolina Hurricane (October 16th)
You could clearly see that the Canucks were worn out from the night before. As a result, they started the game trailing the Carolina Hurricane 3-0.
Carolina would tack on one more courtesy of defenseman Justin Faulk when he scored at 5:28 of the second period.
Asleep for the first half of the game, the Canucks came alive in the second half, led by their young star Bo Horvat.
Horvat beat former Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack with 7:57 left in the second period for his first of the year. Markus Granlund made it 3-2 at the 1:11 mark of the third period off a sweet pass from Jannik Hansen.
The Canucks completed the comeback after some hard work down low, leading to a shot from the point off the stick of Ben Hutton with 5:50 remaining in regulation.
In the overtime period, it was Brandon Sutter who became the hero yet again. In the first 32 seconds of OT, Sutter scored on a 2-on-1 rush, giving the Canucks a 4-3 win. But more importantly, a weekend sweep.
Jacob Markstrom was in net, saving 19 out of 22 shots.
Weekend takeaway: the Canucks will be a wild card in the Western Conference this year.