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Canucks Home Ice Woes Continue

Home ice has not been kind to the Canucks this year and that trend continued Tuesday night as they fell to the New York Islanders by a score of 3-2.

Thomas Hickey scored the late go-ahead goal, while Travis Hamonic, and Anders Lee also netted goals for the New York.

The Canucks they received goals from Linden Vey, and Daniel Sedin.

Although style points were not that high this game, the Islanders will take whatever they can.

“It was one of those games where they were all kind of garbage a little bit,” Lee said. “But you take them and roll with it.”

Three good bounces might not have been enough if not for Greiss, who was at his scrambling best in his first start in five games.

“To be honest, it’s not a really good hockey game for us,” Hickey said. “The positive is you end up winning, but to a man in here we understand that’s not going to win too many games. Our goalie bailed us out and we got lucky.”

On the night Thomas Greiss had 31 saves.

New York opened the scoring on its first shot, 4:20 into the first period, when Hamonic’s wrist shot off the right boards deflected off the stick of Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis and went past Markstrom for his 5th of the year.

The Canucks would tie it up six minutes later when Vey would score on a power-play rebound for his 3rd of the year.

However with 5:31 remaining in the second period New York retook the lead when Lee’s deflection in the slot was headed wide but hit the skate of defenseman Ben Hutton at the top of the crease and caromed towards the empty net. Markstrom reached back with his glove to stop it, but replays showed the puck had crossed the line.

Headed into the third down 2-1, the Canucks tied it up when Daniel Sedin scored on a sharp-angled shot with 9:08 left in the third period for his team leading 24th goal.

Just over two minutes later, the Islanders silenced the home crowd.

Hickey restored the lead with a shot that deflected off Vancouver defenseman Christopher Tanev in the slot and went past goalie Jacob Markstrom.

Markstrom would finish the game with 21 saves.

“When you see a rolling puck like that, they say just shoot it,” Hickey said. “Oftentimes you sort of flub it when it’s rolling that much, but it had eyes.”

In a season where the Canucks have not been receiving many kind bounces, this game summarized it all.

Up next: The Canucks face-off against the San jose Sharks for the second time this past week Thursday night in Vancouver.

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