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Canucks clipped by Avs

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

You want to know what happened in the Canucks game and you want to know now. We get it. Here’s the bare bones recap of Vancouver’s 3-0 loss to Colorado.

Darcy Tucker provided the final blow to the Vancouver Canucks when he chipped in Colorado’s third goal after following up on an Avalanche power play rush. That score stunted the play of the Canucks as they were forced to pinch offensively resulting in more Colorado scoring chances (a breakaway and a pair of two-on-one advantages).

Even though the Canucks trailed 2-0 through two periods, they had outshot the Avalanche 24-17 with Colorado netminder Craig Anderson standing on his head to keep the visitors at bay. Like a Rubik’s Cube missing half its stickers, he was impossible to solve in this one.

Although goals were tough to come by for the Canucks, it wasn’t due to a lack of effort. Vancouver outshot Colorado 35-27 overall, with Daniel Sedin leading the way with nine shots. His best scoring chance came in the third period was he was sent in all alone on Anderson. Daniel’s backhand came up just short.

Daniel now has 12 shots through two games, but only one assist to show for his efforts. Still, he, Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows have been Vancouver’s most productive forwards.

Willie Mitchell has quietly put together a pair of good games on the backend for Vancouver. Mitchell led the Canucks in hits on Saturday with four, while also collecting two takeaways and a pair of blocked shots.

The Canucks assistant captain let his emotions show in the final seconds of this tilt when he tussled with Cody Mcleod in front of the Colorado bench. Mitchell’s savage intensity needs to spread throughout the locker room.

Vancouver peppered Colorado with shots with at least 11 in each period and some of them were dandies. Anderson came up big for the Avalanche as they won their second game of the season with the keeper picking up his first shutout on the campaign.

With a big donut in the goals column against the Avalanche, the Canucks now have only three goals through two games – despite having accumulated 77 shots.

Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault on Vancouver’s offensive woes:

"Right now we’ve got one line that’s generating in my mind offensively and that’s Henrik’s line, they had great opportunities, lots of shots. The other three lines right now aren’t doing enough in my mind to be successful. You’ve got to give credit to the other team though, they played a smart game and they got a couple of breaks at the right time for them and they made us pay."

The Canucks won’t have to wait long to get revenge on the surging Avalanche as these two teams faceoff three more times in the next 20 games.

The next 12 outings are Colorado free before Vancouver hosts its Northwest Division rival twice and travels to the Mile High City once over an eight game stretch to start November.

Vancouver will finally play in front of a home crowd for the first time in the 2009-10 season when the Canucks host the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday night at GM Place.

The Blue Jackets will play their opening game of the season Saturday night at home against the Minnesota Wild before swarming their way to Vancouver. Game time is 7 p.m. PST.

NUMBERS

0 – Goals for the Canucks, who were shutout for the first time in the 2009-10 season.

3 – Straight penalties taken by Vancouver in the second period. Paul Stastny put Colorado up 2-0 on the third man advantage.

4 – Five-minute fighting majors handed out in the last :13 seconds of the third period. Willie Mitchell fought Cody Mcleod before Kevin Bieksa and Darcy Tucker went at it.

14 – Players who recorded at least one shot for the Vancouver, led by Daniel Sedin with nine and Alex Burrows with six.

77 – Shots for the Canucks through two games.

OFFENCE

Unlike Thursday night in Calgary, Vancouver came out flying in Colorado, hungry for the game's first goal. The Canucks were thwarted on all 12 shots on goal, a trend that continued in the second and third periods.

Vancouver finished with 35 shots overall, at least seven of which were sure goals if not for the stellar play of Colorado's Anderson.

DEFENCE

Two of the three Colorado goals were scored off scrambles in or just outside of the Vancouver crease, with the Canucks unable to scoop up the loose puck. 

All-in-all the defence held its own and a lot of credit goes to forwards like Ryan Johnson who were routinely making their presence felt in their own zone.

Roberto Luongo stopped 24 of 27 shots.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Canucks held the Avalanche to zero shots on their first three power plays, before giving up two goals on their next three kills. Colorado went 2-for-6 on the power play.

Vancouver moved the puck well and got great looks at the net on its man advantages, pulling the trigger was simply easier said than done.

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