Ryan Miller did everything he could. He really did, yet his team could not stop him from getting peppered with 49 shots on the night.
From the Rangers point of view, they were very lucky to win this game as they dominated throughout large stretches but were behind late into the third period.
The Canucks (19-17-11), have allowed 40 or more shots in each of the first four games on their current six-game road trip. They’re 2-1-1 so far. Vancouver also fell to 3-9 in games decided in overtime this season.
The Canucks came on strong scoring the first goal in the first period at the 9:02 mark when Sven Baertschi beat Henrik Lundqvist from in front of the net as a result of a missed coverage. It was Baertschi’s 8th goal of the year.
The Rangers evened up the score when Derek Stepan tied the game with a 6-on-5 goal during a delayed penalty at 4:18 of the second period.
Before the period ended however, the Canucks would retake the lead courtesy of Alexandre Burrows at the 16:11 mark to end a 24-game goal-less drought.
In the third, the script was flipped on the Canucks. Just like the previous two games, the Canucks have been able to come from behind to send the game to overtime, well this time they were the victims.
Mats Zuccarello scored a game-tying goal with 8:14 remaining in regulation for his 17th goal of the year. They out-shot the Canucks 16-2 in the period and broke through when Yandle found Zuccarello in front for a redirection goal.
In the overtime period, the Rangers stole a point away from the Canucks.
J.T. Miller scored on a wraparound with 1:06 left in overtime, and the rest was history.
“We deserved the two points, there’s no question about it,” Lundqvist said. “Miller was just standing on his head there and made so many good saves to keep that team in it. In the end, I really thought we deserved this one.”
After the game, Willie Desjardin addressed how tough it is playing while constantly being out-shot.
“It’s frustrating. It’s tough,” Desjardins said following the game. “It takes a lot of energy when you’re in your zone defending. It’s not that our guys haven’t battled. They have blocked shots, guys have worked hard. It’s a matter of playing with confidence. It seems we are not confident when [we are] going to make a play and as a result we are hesitating a little bit.”
Up next: The Canucks look to bounce back against public enemy #1 Brad Marchand and his Boston Bruins Thursday at 4:00pm.
Image via: Facebook