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Recap: Canes Get Point in 1-0 Overtime Loss to Canucks

Canes put 43 shots on Jacob Markstrom

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

VANCOUVER - The Carolina Hurricanes earned a point but didn't score a goal in a 1-0 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

Jacob Markstrom stopped all 43 shots he faced, and Elias Pettersson scored the game-winning goal just 40 seconds into overtime.

Here are five takeaways from Vancouver.

1. A Weird One …

That was a weird one.

There were plenty of special teams. There was a goal that wasn't a goal that probably should have been a goal. There was a cavity search. (Context: The puck got lodged down the back of Jacob Markstrom's jersey.) There was an odd, scrambly sequence when Markstrom raced into Alberta to beat Warren Foegele to a loose puck before scampering back to the crease and snatching the puck out of the air like he was auditioning for a roster spot on the BC Lions. There was a doggo.

And there were no goals in regulation.

2. … But A Solid Effort

Only taking a point from such a dominant effort is certainly disappointing for the Canes, but the effort can't be faulted.

"It's the way we want to play. It's what we want to do. If we do that 82 games a year, we're going to like where we're at. The boys played hard and created a lot of opportunities and chances," Jordan Staal said. "That's the way it goes sometimes."

Video: CAR Recap: Mrazek makes 25 saves in 1-0 OT loss

Simply, the difference in the game was Jacob Markstrom.

"That was a pretty good goalie performance. That's one of the better ones I've seen," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "We put up a ton of opportunities and just couldn't find a way to put it in."

Julien Gauthier, in search of his first career NHL goal, made a power move to the net in the first period, but Markstrom made a better glove save. In the second, he came up with another big glove save on Dougie Hamilton's one-timer opportunity. Sebastian Aho had a scoring chance denied by Markstrom's glove in the third period, and then Brett Pesce couldn't convert on a breakaway chance.

A total of 43 shots, including 22 in the second period alone, but no goals. It was just that kind of night.

"We hit a hot goalie. He was the difference in the game," Brind'Amour said. "He was phenomenal. You tip your hat and move on."

3. The Goal That Wasn't

Sebastian Aho should have given the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead in the second period on a delayed penalty sequence. Not "should have" as in "he missed a golden opportunity to do so" but rather "should have" as in "the wrong call was made on the ice."

A one-time bid from Ryan Dzingel ended in a shattered stick. His shot turned into an unintended seam pass, the puck hopping over the sticks of Antoine Roussel and Jordie Benn and finding Aho, who scooped it into the net.

Referee Michael Markovic mistakenly blew the play dead, even though Vancouver had not established possession of the puck. That's not a reviewable play, either, so the call on the ice was the final word.

"They said it was their mistake," Staal said. "It's a fast game."

"I think they jumped the gun there blowing the whistle," Brind'Amour said. "It's unfortunate. It cost us a point."

Puck did lie, though, because the Canes didn't convert on the ensuing power play.

4. Penalty Kill Remains Hot

The Hurricanes own the second-best penalty kill in the league, and they needed it in the first period. The Canes were whistled for three straight penalties, which "took away momentum off the start," according to Staal.

But the penalty kill, firing at 86% on the season, came up big and allowed the Canes to settle into the game.

"The guys dig in," Brind'Amour said. "That was huge early on to keep us in the game, for sure. They had three in a row, so it could have been a different game had they scored there. The whole game could have turned. Special teams were huge."

The Canes still out-shot the Canucks, 8-5, in the opening frame. Still, the totality of the first 20 minutes was fairly even hockey.

5. Mrazek Sharp, As Well

Petr Mrazek's sharp performance was overshadowed by his counterpart at the opposite end of the ice, but he turned away all 24 shots he faced in regulation. The first shot on goal Mrazek faced in the game was a grade-A scoring chance for the Canucks, as Bo Horvat raced in alone. Mrazek got a piece of the shot with his blocker.

Video: CAR@VAN: Mrazek turns away Horvat

In the second period, when the bulk of the action was at the other end of the ice, Mrazek made a timely shoulder stop on Brock Boeser. And then in the third, shortly after Pesce's breakaway was denied, Mrazek prevented Jake Virtanen, who was in alone, from slipping one through him.

"It's always positive when you get a point, especially on the road, but we wanted two points," Mrazek said. "We have to take the good things from the game."

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