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Canucks Begin Home Stand With 4-3 Loss To The Blues

It wasn’t exactly the game the Canucks were looking to have to start off a 5 game home stand, and in the end they came up on the short end of a 4-3 loss against the St. Louis Blues.

The Canucks did put a great effort forward with a rally late in the third, but winning from behind in the NHL is one of the hardest things a team can do.

The Blues, coming off a 4-2 win at the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, opened the scoring at 7:36 of the first period, not long after the Canucks failed to convert on a 4-on-1 opportunity. Jori Lehtera was left alone in the slot to Miller’s left and had enough time to collect a cross-ice pass from Jaden Schwartz and pull the puck from backhand to forehand, catching Miller going to the left as he shot the puck back to the goaltender’s right scoring his second goal on the year.

Heading into the second period with a 1-0, the Blues doubled that lead when Steen made it 2-0 at 4:52 after a long breakout pass by Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler was intercepted in the neutral zone. Tarasenko picked off the pass and started a 3-on-2 rush the other way that he finished with another nice pass to Steen for a backdoor tap-in past a diving Miller.

After a few failed chances of getting themselves on the board, the Canucks gave up another goal at 10:01 in the second period when Bortuzzo made it 3-0 on another 3-on-2 midway through the period, tapping a rebound into an empty net after Miller couldn’t completely control Tarasenko’s shot from the slot.

Down 3-0 and being shorthanded, the Canucks finally got on the board in the second period courtesy of off-season acquisition Brandon Sutter who beat Jake Allen to make the game 3-1.

Heading into the third period the Canucks had to attack fast and quick if they wanted to get back into the game but their mission got tougher as Kyle Brodziak scored his first goal with the Blues with 3:46 left in the third period to make it 4-1.

Down 4-1, the Canucks gave it one last push, and just 30 seconds later, rookie Jared McCann responded with his second goal of the season, followed by Daniel Sedin scoring with 28.8 seconds left to get Vancouver within a goal.

In the end the late rally proved to be not enough, and the Canucks suffered their first regulation loss of the season.

A more pressing question for the Canucks may be what’s up with their power play so far this season? The Canucks only took three shots on the extended power play and finished 0-for-5 with the extra man, moving the powerplay conversion to 1-for-18 this season.

Next up: The Canucks welcome the Edmonton Oilers and their kid wonder Connor Mcdavid into town on Sunday night. Puck drop is at 6:00pm

 

Written by: Hamed Amiri

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