Canucks vs. Avalanche: What we learned from their 4-3 win

The Canucks scored first, trailed at halftime and Colorado looked ready to blow the doors off. But the Canucks managed to weather the Avalanche

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DENVER — The Vancouver Canucks have a long battle to make the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs, but let’s just say they haven’t given up hope lately.

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Facing an injured Stanley Cup champion in Denver on Wednesday night, the Canucks battled mightily and beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3.

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The Canucks got another stellar goaltending performance from Spencer Martin – in stark contrast to that of Colorado goaltender Pavel Francoz, who gave up four goals on 25 shots – and skated solidly as a team on equal strength, allowing them to survive the night. other difficult. for the penalty kick, against which she gave up two more goals.

The Canucks scored first, trailed at halftime and Colorado looked ready to blow the doors off. But the Canucks managed to withstand the high-flying Avalanche, which plays at such a pace that it is difficult to imagine how opponents unaccustomed to Denver’s altitude hockey could catch their breath.

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And in the second period, the Canucks slowed the game down to trade hit for hit with the Avalanche.

They then scored twice in the third period by Sheldon Dries, against his old team and Ethan Bear, to take the lead, showing their belief in themselves.

Martin made 33 saves against the team he drafted. It’s his fifth win this season and he certainly won the starter job for the time being as Bruce Boudreau’s side look to right their ship and fight back in the playoffs.

Colorado Avalanche right winger Martin Kuyt (61) loses the puck to Vancouver Canucks player Niels Amann (88) as he collides with Vancouver Canucks Curtis Lazar (20) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Denver.
Colorado Avalanche right winger Martin Kuyt (61) loses the puck to Vancouver Canucks player Niels Amann (88) as he collides with Vancouver Canucks Curtis Lazar (20) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Denver. Photography by Jack Dempsey /AP

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Bo Horvat scored 12 goals in 12 matches. Than 16 goals in 20 games if you prefer.

Or 30 goals in the last 38 goals.

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The Canucks captain scores goals all round and most of it is pure skill.

He told Postmedia earlier this week that he’s been working with Adam Oates, including how he finds space in front of the net and how to improve his tips and shot deflections from the outside.

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He scored his 16th goal of the season on a deft tip-off from a point shot by Bear, the sixth time he had scored this season with either a tip or a deflection.

This came moments after Conor Garland had scored in a similar fashion, with the referees ruling after a review that Garland had had too much influence on Francoz’s ability to play his position before he slotted the ball into the net.

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Garland was unimpressed on the bench, waving his hand in frustration.

Did the NHL make the right call?

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Take your chances

Unlike the Canadian soccer team, Ilya Mikheev knows you only get so many chances to score in a game, and while he didn’t get the shot he might have wanted, he still scored.

On a surprise opener, Cal Makar and Devon Toews, two of the best defensemen in the league, and not just in the Avalanche, fumbled the ball behind their own net, and Meckiff, Johnny immediately into the hole, caught Elias Peterson’s quick pass from behind. netting and managed to tip it over Avalanche goaltender Francoz.

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francoz (39) blocks a shot from right wing Vancouver Canucks Connor Garland (8) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, November 23, 2022 in Denver.
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francoz (39) blocks a shot from right wing Vancouver Canucks Connor Garland (8) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, November 23, 2022 in Denver. Photography by Jack Dempsey /AP

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Mikko Rantanen is a big guy He has 13 goals this season, which is not surprising.

Both goals in the first period spoke of his talents. At first he kept his stick on the ice and headed for the backdoor to Spencer Martin’s crease, it was unclear if he got his stick on a hard Devon Toys pass through it, but whatever happened, the puck hit him and he ended up in the back of the Canucks net.

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His second was to read what was going on in front of him, finding the top of the net above Martin scrambling in a power play.

And then, of course, he took a Tyler Myers stick to the face, losing a few teeth in the process in the second period.

Colorado Avalanche center Evan Rodriguez (9) takes a shot under pressure from Vancouver Canucks center JT Miller (9), which is saved by Canucks defenseman Kyle Burrows (44) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Denver.
Colorado Avalanche center Evan Rodriguez (9) takes a shot under pressure from Vancouver Canucks center JT Miller (9), which is saved by Canucks defenseman Kyle Burrows (44) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Denver. Photography by Jack Dempsey /AP

hardness

Cal Makar is the fastest defenseman in NHL history to score 200 points.

It’s really cool. He did it faster than the likes of Phil Houssley and Brian Leach, two defensemen who played their early careers in a high-scoring environment.

He is a wizard with a disc and threatens to score every time he touches it.

His five-to-three goal didn’t come as a surprise, especially when I hit the post before.

No time to catch your breath

Colorado moves the catch ball to the ice very quickly after winning possession.


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