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 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders.
…John Tavares tallied his second goal and fifth point of the night, an empty-netter with 2:20 left to play in the third to officially kill the Canucks hope of a comeback.
In the lone meeting this season between the two teams, Tavares lead the offensive, assisting on Dylan Reese's opening goal, before adding one of his own to put the visiting team up 2-0 after the first.
The Canucks, who saw their home winning streak end at seven games with tonight's loss, came out with jump after the first intermission, peppering goaltender Dwayne Roloson with 19 shots in the middle frame.
Matt Moulson, the Islanders' leading scorer gave New York a 3-0 lead before Kyle Wellwood solved Roloson to put Vancouver on the board. Alex Burrows' 32nd of the season brought the Canucks within one goal two minutes later, but the Isles reclaimed momentum slipping one past Roberto Luongo with eight seconds left to play in the second.
After allowing four goals on 12 shots, Luongo started the third period on the bench. Andrew Raycroft held the Canucks within two, before Tavares empty-netter thwarted a comeback and put the game out of reach.
With his 10th of the season, Wellwood lead the charge for a comeback that would ultimately fall short. The Canucks came out in the second with the determination of mounting a comeback, before Moulson's goal knocked some wind out of their sails, putting the Islanders up by three.
Wellwood who finished the game a plus-1, solved Roloson in the second to lay the groundwork, assisted by Christian Ehrhoff and Mason Raymond.
While his team couldn't muster another come from behind win, the third star of the night registered four shots on net and even dolled out a hit in the losing effort.
His 25th assist of the season set up Wellwood's goal and put the Canucks back in the game. Raymond was relentless in trying to bring his team closer in the game, keeping Roloson sharp.
Trying to generate another comeback, Raymond had a partial breakaway in the second that would have tied up the game, but was stopped by Roloson.
The speedy forward was a constant presence on the ice and helped sustain the pressure as the Canucks out-shot New York. Clocking over 20 minutes, Raymond generated three shots, had a hit and a takeaway in match up against the Eastern opponent.
Despite a flat first period effort that had the Canucks back two goals, the Vancouver squad wasn't deterred and came out strong in the second with some jump in their step.
Pressuring right from the puck drop to start the middle frame, Vancouver fired 19 shots at Roloson, who stood on his head for the Islanders.
At the end of 60 minutes, the Canucks had out-shot their opponents 37-20, however the effort wasn't enough as they failed to keep New York off the scoreboard.
Roberto Luongo on his team's slow start, the Islander's fourth goal, and the upcoming game against San Jose after the Sharks 8-2 loss to Dallas tonight:
”It was very disappointing. I think we came into the game, we weren’t respecting the opposition. They came out strong, they made some plays and the next thing you know it was 2-0.
"Obviously we’ve come back before, but like we said it’s not going to happen every game. Sometimes you run into a goalie that’s playing his game and it’s going to be tougher.
"That was a tough one we were back 3-2, and going probably back into the second intermission with the momentum and that [the Islanders’ fourth] goal pretty much hurt us a little bit there.
"Should be for a good game. Two teams that [had] disappointing loses, both teams and obviously want to get back at it and have a good game."
The Canucks will look to bounce back after dropping tonight's game. After returning from a monster road trip, the team is 2-1-0 so far on their five game homestand. The team has a day to prepare to host the San Jose Sharks, who sit atop the Western Conference, second only to the league-leading Washington Capitals.
Thursday's meeting between the two teams is the second match up this season. San Jose holds the upper hand with a 4-2 win back in November. Vancouver will face the Sharks two more times before the end of the regular season.