Canucks block 8

The Canucks have a perfect homestand going 5-0-0.  They have done this a handful of times before in past years, but never in all the years have all five games been decided by one goal.  The first three games of the block were all 3-2 finals, with the Colorado game ending in a shootout, the Islander game ending in regulation, and the Devil game ending in overtime.  Then the scores decreased, as the Leaf game ended 2-1 and the Blues game 1-0.  Rask continues to shine, giving up only seven goals in the five games.
Colorado  2    Vancouver  3   (SO)
For the third home game in a row the game goes past 60 minutes of playing time, but this time it is the Canucks who get the extra point.  Colorado dominated the game, outshooting Vancouver 42-24.  But, yet again, Rask was up to the task (Rask was a perfect 3 for 3 on GRs, Grubauer 2 for 4).  The first period saw the only goal scored by Vancouver, when Roussel scored on an outside shot.  Colorado tied it up after two periods when Svechnikov scored on a rebound opportunity.  Then early in the third period the Avs got their one lead in the game when Matthews scored on an inside shot.  When Jenner took a penalty at 14:46 of the period, things were looking grim, as Colorado had all kinds of pressure on the Canucks, but they couldn’t beat Rask.  Then right after that penalty expired, the refs decided it was Vancouver’s turn on the power play and Edler was whistled down.  Right off the faceoff Boeser scored to tie it 2-2.  Then just before regulation time ended, Lindblom had an excellent chance to win it, but Grubauer robbed him (Goal 1-11, pulled a 12).  Overtime resolved nothing and it was on to the shootout.  After Matthews was stopped on his chance, three goals in a row were scored.  First Gaudreau, then Thomas, and then Lindblom.  DeBrincat tried to retie it for Colorado, but he was robbed by Rask (Goal 1-4+, pulled a 5) and Vancouver hangs on in a very exciting and tense game.
New York  2    Vancouver  3
Just like last game, Vancouver took a 1-0 in the first period on an outside shot, this time by Gostibehere at 7:14.  Canuck nemisis Kevin Hayes then scored his fifth goal of the year against Vancouver just 1:14 seconds later on a breakaway to tie it 1-1.  Not to be outdone, the Canucks answered just 28 seconds later to reestablish their one goal lead when Roussel scored on yet another outside shot.  So it looked like a wild high scoring game developing, but not another goal was scored until 6:37 of the third period when Hayes lost the puck and it ended up in the back of the Isle’s net when Hintz scored on a breakaway.  That insurance goal was needed as Bergeron got inside at 18:11 and pulled New York within one at 3-2.  But with the goalie pulled, the Islanders could only get one shot off and Rask stopped that to preserve the win.
New Jersey  2    Vancouver  3   (OT)
New Jersey started the game by totally dominating the first period.  They outshot the Canucks 18-4, had 7 GR chances to Vancouver’s zero, but when the dust settled they led only 1-0 on an outside shot by Duchune.  They also dominated the second period, out shooting Vancouver 16-5, but Canuck Curse came back and despite the domination, they were outscored 2-0, as Varlamov went 1 for 3 on GRs (and on only 5 SOG) and Rask went 3 for 3.  Lindblom tied it on a faceoff play on the power play, scoring only 7 seconds into the power play, and Gostisbehere scored on a breakaway and it was 2-1 in favor of Vancouver after two periods, despite being totally outplayed. In the evenly played third period, the Devils got three power play opportunities, and Vancouver one, but the Devils did tie it up on their first power play of the period when Eichel scored and it was on to overtime.  Overtime was totally Vancouver’s as they denied the Devils any shots, while getting three shots themselves with all three generating GR chances.  Krejci was denied twice on the first shift, but right after Gaudreau stepped on the ice he found himself being fed a pass from Carlo, penetrating inside and beating Varlamov for the GWG at 2:57 of overtime and keeping their record perfect against the Devils this year.  Varlamov finishes 3 for 6 on GRs, Rask 10 for 11.
Toronto  1    Vancouver  2
Vancouver comes out confidently against the last place Leafs and dominates the first period, out shooting them 18-8 and getting two goals.  The first by Gaudreau to give him 29 on the season, but later in the period, on Vancouver’s only power play of the game, Boeser scores to beat Gaudreau in the race to score 30 goals on the season.  Necas and Josi both got assists on both goals. But the last two periods were dominated by the Leafs, as they outshoot the Canucks 31-15.  But the only goal they can score is late in the second period by Donato.  The Leafs blow their opportunity for the win by going 0 for 4 on the power play and allowing Vancouver to score what turns out to be the GWG on their only power play.
St. Louis  0    Vancouver  1
The cherry on top, as Vancouver completes a perfect homestand and Rask gets his, at least currently, league leading fifth shutout.  Rask was a perfect 7 for 7 on GRs, and Vasilevskiy was perfect too, going 5 for 5.  Lindblom scored the only goal of the game at 11:14 of the first period on what was the only number chance by both teams in the entire game, (Goal 1-11, pulled a 10).  A slightly odd game statistically as the Blues had a whooping 15 takeaways, but zero penetrations, (Vancouver had 8 takeaways and 7 penetrations).
Canucks looking to take another title

  Stars go 2-3 for 3rd Straight Homestand losing 9 of last 15 @ American Airline Arena

Stars go 2-3 for 3rd Straight Homestand losing 9 of last 15 @ American Airline Arena

 
TORONTO-   The Stars on a modest 2-game Winning streak at home welcome the last place Leafs to town!  Coach Hunter tweeted ” Time for us to get on a roll & we can start today with this young club”  Veteran Brendan Gallagher scores a PPG in the 1st minute of this contest & it stayed that way till Mike Hoffman tied it up with just 7 minutes to play in period two.  A 1-1 game into the 3rd & J.T. Miller beats Elliott for a 2-1 lead,  Stars look for insurance Goal but Elliott says “Not Today Fellas” .   With just over two minutes left , Jaro Halak kicks out a rebound & the Leafs Andrew Copp sticks it back in the net to tie game at two apiece.  The crowd is in shock & then in disbelief as thirty seconds later  on his 8th shot of the game, Evander Kane(1-14) goes top shelf on Halak for a 3-2 lead!  Hunter hooks Halak for last second chance to tie but a shot by Jordan Stall misses the net!  For Toronto, it was just their 11th road win of the season but they left Texas snickering about that one! 
 
ST LOUIS-   Filip Forsberg’s 2nd Goal of the game halfway thru period two chased starter Jaroslav Halak as the Blues led 4-1!  Coach Dale Hunter called his time-out & berated his team for their lackluster effort & screamed at Halak all the way down the runway to the dressing room!   Dallas came out of the time-out & scored the next two Goals to make score 4-3 as they were back in the game!  A seeing-eye bomb(1-6)by Eric Stall trickled by James Reimer for a 5-3 lead as Hunter just rolled his eyes & shook his head!   Josh Bailey(1-12) & Brad Marchand(1-10) both get denied by Vasilevskiy, but  veteran Erik Karlsson finds the twine & it’s 5-4!  Stars whining about no penalty calls on the Blues finally get referee Dan O’Halloran to make a call  & he sends Tkachuk to the box with a minute & 15 seconds left.  Tkachuk is all smiles as he watch’s his teammates play keep away as Dallas never see’s the puck!
 
TAMPA BAY-  For the 1st time in 4 tries on Home Ice, the Stars beat the Defending “Swain Cup” Champs by a score of 5-3!  Dallas took a 4-1 lead into period three & then things got hairy!  The Bolts closed to within one at 4-3 as both Goalies had highlite reel saves in the 3rd period, with Rookie Pavel Francouz stopping Ovie(1-14)& Brown(1-11).  Meanwhile, Tristan Jarry made an unbelievable stop on Nick Backstrom(1-18), along with Atkinson(1-12) & Stall (1-9) but a 1-15 by JT Miller gave the Stars an insurance marker at 5-3! 
 
 
COLORADO-  Pavel Francouz, the 29th Overall Rookie Pick in the 2nd round(sure gonna miss him next year) stops all 28 shots(6/6 gr’s) in a 1-0 Shutout, his 3rd of the season!  Mike Hoffman, the Stars leading Goal-Scorer, had the lone tally of the game just 5 minutes into this one!  Avalanche Goalie Darcy Kuemper robbed JT Miller(1-15) & kept the Av’s in game all night .  A penalty late gave Colorado a Power-Play with a minute & a half left but Dallas iced the game away!   Coach Hunter ” It sure was nice seeing Stammer(Stamkos) sitting in the stands in a nice suit & tie” 
 
NEW YORK I-  The Lotto-Bound Islanders scored ten Goals last time in Texas , they didnt need ten this time as the Stars Offense went south again.  Two Goals by Kevin Hayes was enough as New York won 3-1 as Jonas Korpisalo stops 30 shots(4/5 gr’s) in trying to show management his worth for next year!  Victor Arvidsson broke the shut-out in period three making score 2-1 but Hayes 2nd Goal with 5 minutes to go sent the fans scurrying for the exits!   Coach Hunter post-game barked ” We probably lost Home Ice in the Playoffs with our finish, Hell, did we even make it”  

Block 8 Leafs

Dallas  6, Leafs 0- Stars score 4 in the 2nd and roll over the Leafs for an easy win.  9th straight home loss for Toronto.
Leafs 4, Tampa 3 (OT)- Leafs snap their home skid on Sam Reinhart’s 2nd of the game.
Blues 8, Leafs 2- Mark Scheifele scored 4 goals and added an assist as the Blues romped over the Leafs.
Canucks 7, Leafs 3- Canucks second line each were +5, Brock Boeser had 1g, 4a and Johnny Gaudreau had 2g, 2a.
Leafs 3, Devils 1-  After giving up 15 goals int he last 2 home games, the Leafs tightened up their D to win their last game of the year and put some hurt on NJ’s playoff chances.
Thanks for another great year, and good luck to the playoff teams!
Keith

Block 7 Devils

Game 31 – L-5-1 vs. Vancouver – After a scoreless 1st period the Canucks scored just 22 seconds into the 2nd, with Roman Josi scoring on the PP to open the floodgates on a 5 goal period, chasing Greiss on their way to beating the Devils the 6th time this season. Rask was his usual brilliant self, allowing only one goal to rookie Adam Fox to break the shutout bid. The Devils bench was livid with the referee crew, which allowed the visitors to get away with several borderline hits while calling the only 3 PP of the game on the home team. Might be some fireworks the next time these teams meet!

Game 32 – W 4-3 vs. St. Louis – Keller had the lone goal in an evenly played 1st period. Kyle Connor score a PP goal early in the 2nd to tie the game 1-1, then the Blues got into penalty trouble and the Devils scored 3 times (Hertl on the PP, Huberdeau and R.Smith) to take a 4-1 lead into the 3rd period. New Jersey tried to shut the Blues down but still managed to give up two goals by Scheifele to make it interesting.

Game 33 – W 5-1 vs. Toronto – Not much doubt in this one as New Jersey scored 3 times in the 1st period en route to a 5-1 win. Pearson and Eichel had two goals each. The Leafs Frederick Andersen had a rough game though there were a few goals he had no chance on, while Greiss redeemed himself after getting pulled against the Canucks his previous start.

 

 

Game 34 – W 6-4 vs. Tampa Bay – A fairly even 1st period saw both teams score once, the Devils tally by Hertl on the PP (bench penalty, too many men) and Nylander on a point shot. The 2nd period was a wild one, with New Jersey out-shooting the Bolts 18-8 and scoring 3 times but Tampa potted two of there own to keep it close at 4-3 (note: all 3 Tampa goals and 2 of the Devils 4 were on outside shots at this point. Weird). This time it was the visitors bench getting angry at the refs, but they went too far and got their 2nd bench minor of the game. New Jersey would fail to score on the PP but would get goals mid-period by Hertl and Huberdeau to extend the lead to 3 before Aho scored the final goal late. Neither goalie played well but Tampa’s Jarry had a particularly bad night (allowing 6 on 13 ratings).

 

Game 35 – L 3-2 (OT) vs. Dallas – both goalies had a rough start in this contest, both giving up 2 goals apiece on 15 shots. They settled down though and the second and third periods were scoreless. Just a minute into OT the Stars’ Karlsson found Tom Wilson on a seam pass and Wilson roofed it for the overtime winner (and his second of the game).

 

Matt

FALLING STARS GIVE UP FRANCHISE RECORD 18 GOALS IN TWO GAMES!

FALLING STARS GIVE UP FRANCHISE RECORD 18 GOALS IN TWO GAMES!

TAMPA BAY- 4th Line Center Anze Kopitar scored twice to give Bolts a 4-2 lead heading to period three! Veteran Dustin Brown extended that lead to three when he beat a disgruntled Jaro Halak between his legs! Coach Hunter was unhappy with his veteran Goalie(0/3 on ratings) & called a timeout to blast his team! After the timeout, Tom Wilson did a dance with Alex Ovechkin & both were sent off for roughing, as Hunter proclaimed “Nobody drops the gloves anymore”. J. T. Miller then got his 2nd of the night & it was 5-3, but that was as close as the Stars would get as Tampa won for the 3rd time this season at American Airlines Arena!

COLORADO- Coach Hunter decided to go with the veteran Halak again saying ” Not sure the Rookie(Francouz) is ready for these guys(Avs)! It was a bad choice! Steven Stamkos had a 4 point night , Auston Matthews with 3 points as both All-Stars sniped two Goals in a 8-5 rout of the Falling Stars! After the Avs scored their 4th Goal for a 4-2 lead, Halak left for a hot shower as James Reimer took over! There was hope for a minute when Dallas tied score at four, but Reimer also gave up 4 in half a game. Coach Dale Hunter postgame cried ” Not putting all the blame on my Goalies as both (Erik)Karlsson & (TJ)Brodie were a -3. might have to give them a night off”

NEW YORK I- After giving up 8 Goals to Colorado & extending our home losing streak to three, the Stars didnt think it could get any worse…IT DID! The Islanders blew 4 Goals by Rookie Pavel Francouz in the 1st period & chased the netminder to the locker room! Reimer again was seeing action & the ex-Islander must have owed his buddies cause he promptly gave up 4 more scores in period two as Coach Hunter ordered Francouz back in the nets! In the 3rd period with Dallas on a Power-Play, William Karlsson broke loose on a Breakaway & scored Short-Handed to get the Isle in Double figures, as they ran up the score to 10-3! Are you kidding me, 18 Goals in two games, just embarrassing & a low point in this franchise that pride’s itself on defense! Both Patrice Bergeron & JVR scored twice while Jonas Brodin had a 4 Assist Night as both Jonas & his partner Charlie McAvoy were a +6 in handing Dallas it’s lunch & 4th loss in a row on not-so-friendly Home Ice!

VANCOUVER- The “Nucks” took a 2-0 first period lead as the Dallas Goalie(Francouz)made it thru a period without getting yanked. Mike Hoffman scored a PP Goal to cut lead in half in period two, then Tom Wilson tied game with a blast that eluded Tukka Rask! Vancouver Rookie Marty Necas would stake the Canucks to a 3-2 lead headed to period three! In the 3rd, a period that had Dallas outshooting the visitors 22-6, a J. T. Miller Tally early tied game at three . Both teams had to fight off a penalty in the 3rd but they remained tied as time ran out! Jake Muzzin took a penalty in Overtime & Johnny be Good (1-12)Gaudreau got fleeced by Rookie Francouz on the Power-Play! To the Skills Competition we go….Marchand beats Rask as 1st Shooter..Woo! 3rd Skater for Vancouver Oscar Lindblom ties it …one apiece! What time is it? It’s Miller Time as J.T. goes top shelf for his 3rd GDG of the season. After the game, Coach Hunter returned to his office & saw a bus ticket on his desk, a one-way ticket to London(Knights)Hunter ripped it to pieces, growling Ha-Ha some joke!

NEW JERSEY- Stars light up Varlamov in opening 20 minutes, scoring 3 times on 17 shots! It sure didnt look like the same team that had given up 18 Goals earlier in the homestand as the Stars held the Devils to just 3 shots in both the 1st & 2nd periods of this contest! Jack Eichel, the Devils leading scorer twice went to the box for 4 minutes with Stars Center Jordan Stall , who had one of nine hits dished out by Dallas in this game! Varlamov held New Jersey in game as it was still 3-0 going into the final 20 minutes! Stars knew there would be a push & Matt Duchesne made it 3-1 early, but that was all Rookie Pavel Francouz would allow, stopping 17 shots in period three. Timo Meier would add an insurance marker for a 4-1 Final as Dallas salvages 4 points in this homestand!

Block 7. Toronto at St.Louis

Block 7. Toronto 2 at St.Louis 5. GAME STORY: On their home ice the Blues had no difficulty defeating Toronto by the final tally of 5 to 2. KYLE CONNOR had two goals for St. Louis. And JESPER BRATT found the net twice. Others who scored were KIRBY DACH and VALERI NICHUSHKIN for Toronto and JUSTIN FAULK for St. Louis. With the victory St. Louis now has 33 wins and 74 points on the season.


                         Toronto TOR at St. Louis Blues                         
DATE : 04/01/2021

GOALS                          1  2  3 OT  F
Toronto TOR                    1  0  1  0  2 
St. Louis Blues                2  1  2  0  5 

SHOTS                          1  2  3 OT  F
Toronto TOR                    9  12 7  0  28
St. Louis Blues                12 12 15 0  39

S C O R I N G  S U M M A R Y
1. STL. JUSTIN FAULK(3)( ERIC STAAL, MATTHEW TKACHUK ): 1st 6:46
2. STL. JESPER BRATT(7)( OLIVER EKMAN-LARSSON ): 1st 15:47
3. TOR. VALERI NICHUSHKIN(5)( VINCE DUNN, ALEXANDER NYLANDER ): 1st 16:29
4. STL. JESPER BRATT(8)( ADRIAN KEMPE, OLIVER EKMAN-LARSSON ): 2nd 15:55
5. STL. KYLE CONNOR(43)( EVGENY KUZNETSOV, BRENT BURNS ): 3rd 10:46
6. STL. KYLE CONNOR(44)( CHARLIE COYLE, OLIVER EKMAN-LARSSON ): 3rd 16:12
7. TOR. KIRBY DACH(8)( PATRIC HORNQVIST, RYAN DONATO ): 3rd 19:21

 P E N A L T I E S  S U M M A R Y
1. STL. NICK FOLIGNO - 4 Minutes: 2nd 2:08
     EXTRA PENALTY SERVED BY BRENT BURNS
3. TOR. BRENDAN GALLAGHER - 2 Minutes: 2nd 2:08
4. TOR. IVAN PROVOROV - 2 Minutes: 3rd 14:12

 I N J U R I E S
NONE

Player Stats For Toronto TOR
PLAYER                        +/- SOG  G  A PIM PP SH  FO-W AC    IT TA HIT SP AS
EVANDER KANE                   -2   3  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 31 17:26  1   1  1  1 
ADAM GAUDETTE                  -1   1  0  0   0  0  0   5-2 16  9:12  0   0  0  0 
NIKOLAJ EHLERS                  0   0  0  0   0  0  0   1-1 35 20:03  0   1  0  1 
BRENDAN GALLAGHER               0   2  0  0   2  0  0   0-0 32 18:03  2   0  0  1 
PATRIC HORNQVIST                0   1  0  1   0  0  0   0-0 23 13:10  0   1  0  1 
ANDREW COPP                    -2   2  0  0   0  0  0   5-2 31 17:26  1   0  0  0 
RYAN DONATO                     0   3  0  1   0  0  0   2-1 23 13:10  2   0  1  0 
SAM REINHART                    0   2  0  0   0  0  0   4-1 35 20:03  1   0  0  1 
NICK SUZUKI                    -2   1  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 27 15:26  0   0  0  1 
KIRBY DACH                      0   4  1  0   0  0  0   2-0 26 15:10  1   0  0  0 
VALERI NICHUSHKIN              -1   2  1  0   0  0  0   0-0 16  9:12  0   0  0  0 
IVAN PROVOROV                   0   2  0  0   2  0  0   0-0 43 24:25  0   0  0  1 
ANTHONY DeANGELO               -1   2  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 22 13:04  1   1  0  1 
ALEXANDER NYLANDER             -1   0  0  1   0  0  0   2-0 16  9:12  0   0  0  0 
VINCE DUNN                     -2   1  0  1   0  0  0   0-0 39 22:22  0   0  0  0 
PHILIPPE MYERS                 -2   1  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 39 22:22  0   0  0  0 
BRETT PESCE                     0   0  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 44 24:25  0   1  0  0 
PATRIK NEMETH                  -1   1  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 23 13:04  1   2  0  0 
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TOTAL                         -15  28  2  4   4  0  0  21-7          10   7  2  8

Player Stats For St. Louis Blues
PLAYER                        +/- SOG  G  A PIM PP SH  FO-W AC    IT TA HIT SP AS
KYLE CONNOR                     2   3  2  0   0  0  0   0-0 31 17:26  0   0  1  1 
MARK SCHEIFELE                  0   4  0  0   0  0  0   5-3 35 20:03  1   0  0  1 
FILIP FORSBERG                  0   2  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 23 13:10  3   0  0  1 
MATTHEW TKACHUK                 0   2  0  1   0  0  0   0-0 23 13:10  0   0  1  1 
JESPER BRATT                    1   5  2  0   0  0  0   0-0 20 11:12  0   0  1  0 
ERIC STAAL                      0   1  0  1   0  0  0   4-3 23 13:10  0   0  0  0 
ROBBY FABBRI                    1   0  0  0   0  0  0   2-0 20 11:12  0   0  0  0 
EVGENY KUZNETSOV                2   2  0  1   0  0  0   4-3 27 15:26  0   0  0  0 
ALEX PIETRANGELO                0   5  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 47 26:25  2   0  0  1 
JOEL ARMIA                      0   2  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 35 20:03  0   1  0  1 
CHARLIE COYLE                   2   2  0  1   0  0  0   0-0 27 15:26  1   0  0  0 
BRENT BURNS                     0   2  0  1   0  0  0   0-0 44 24:25  1   0  0  1 
SHEA THEODORE                   2   3  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 39 22:22  0   1  0  1 
NICK FOLIGNO                    0   0  0  0   4  0  0   0-0 32 18:03  0   1  0  0 
ADRIAN KEMPE                    1   4  0  1   0  0  0   6-5 16  9:12  0   0  2  0 
MARC STAAL                      1   0  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 19 11:04  0   0  0  0 
OLIVER EKMAN-LARSSON            2   1  0  3   0  0  0   0-0 42 24:22  3   0  0  0 
JUSTIN FAULK                    1   1  1  0   0  0  0   0-0 19 11:04  1   0  0  0 
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TOTAL                          15  39  5  9   4  0  0 21-14          12   3  5  8

Goalie Stats For Toronto TOR
PLAYER                          MIN  SHOTS GA  ENG GR GRS
FREDERIK ANDERSEN                60     39  5    0  7  5   105 
BRIAN ELLIOTT                    0      0   0    0  0  0   0   

Goalie Stats For St. Louis Blues
PLAYER                          MIN  SHOTS GA  ENG GR GRS
CAREY PRICE                      60     28  2    0  3  1   105 
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY               0      0   0    0  0  0   0   

POWER PLAY                    OPP   GOALS
Toronto TOR                   1         0
St. Louis Blues               1         0

STARS OF THE GAME
1st star - KYLE CONNOR from St. Louis
2nd star - CAREY PRICE from St. Louis
3rd star - JESPER BRATT from St. Louis




Vancouver goes 3-0-2 in this homestand.

Vancouver goes 3-0-2 in this homestand.  They beat the three teams in their division, and scratch out one point against the big boys in the First Division.  After an abysmal start on their home season, they are now within one game of .500 at home.  And not an NHL .500, but a true .500, standing at 17-12-6.
New Jersey  1    Vancouver  3
The confidence the Canucks have in their ability to beat the Devils is amazing.  Despite a rocky first period where they were outshot 13-8, stopped Eichel on the power play on a Goal 1-14+ chance, and gave up two consecutive breakaways, the Canucks never panicked and escaped the period with a scoreless tie.  The second period was a total turnaround as the Canucks outshot the Devils 12-1 in the first half of the period and scored three goals.  First, at 2:39, Jarnkrok followed up behind Weegar on a breakaway and scored on his second rebound swat at the puck to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead.  Then, on the same shift, at 8:29 and 8:58 Josi and Hintz set up goals with crisp passes, the first by Gaudreau and the second by Boeser, and suddenly it was 3-0 Canucks.  The Devils then regrouped and took over play, getting the last five shots of the period, including a goal by Klingberg on an outside shot and the period ended 3-1 Canucks.  The third period saw the Devils pushing and the Canucks playing a conservative game, but the period ended scoreless despite New Jersey getting 14 shots and the Canucks 11.  We are now 5-0-0 vs. the Devils this year.
Toronto  2    Vancouver  5
The Canucks came out flying and 8:53 into the game, they had outshot the Leafs 11-0 and had a 2-0 lead.  The goal scorers were Boeser on the power play and just like last game, Jarnkrok on a rebound.  The Canucks continued to dominate through the end of the second period and the score was 3-0, with Gaudreau adding a goal on a breakaway.  After two periods the Canucks had outshot the Leafs 33-14 and the Leafs had zero GR chances. (But they did have one number chance, Gallagher 1-9.)  In the third period the Canucks got a little lax on defense and Rask wasn’t sharp, probably due to lack of pressure the first two periods, as he gave up two goals on three GR chances, to Hornqvist and Myers.  But the Canucks did add two goals of their own in the third period, Boeser with another PPG and Jenner, and Elliot finishes 9 for 13 on GR chances.  And the SOG end 50-23 Canucks. Does Toronto, with a lineup of ten players at defense 2 and five players at defense 1, have a matador as their defense coach?
St. Louis  3    Vancouver  4
In a total reversal of last game, this time it was the opposition that came out flying, but Rask was up to the task, as the first period ended in a scoreless tie with the Blues out shooting the Canucks 21-6.  Included in those 21 saves was a robbery on a rebound chance by Pietrangelo (Goal 1-18, pulled a 19).  The second period was dominated by power plays and power play goals.  First Lindblom tipped a Gaudreau point shot and it was 1-0, Vancouver.  Then Pietrangelo did score when he intercepted an icing attempt and buried the shot, and it was tied 1-1.  Then St. Louis got its only lead of the game, 2-1, on the only even strength goal of the period when Foligno deflected a Theodore shot.  Roussel tied it back up on the power play when he got inside and the second period ended 2-2.  The third period saw Jenner give the Canucks the lead back early in the period, at 1:01, when Murphy fed him the puck for a pretty inside shot, and it was 3-2.  But at 7:17 Scheifele tied it back up 3-3 with a bomb from the blue line.  With the Canucks already 2 for 3 on the power play, the referee’s hand goes up again when Tkachuk tries to stop Lindblom from taking the shot.  But the shot does get off, and with the extra attacker on because of the delayed penalty, Lindblom gets a second chance and scores the GWG at 11:50.  Rask closes out the game with a big GR save on Peitrangelo, who was all over the ice this game with a PPG, and 7 shots on goal, but was robbed twice by Rask and finishes with a -2 rating (I would have given him the 2nd star, not Scheifele).
Dallas  2    Vancouver  1    OT
This game reminded me of a collegiate wrestling match where one wrestler is dominating the other one, but can’t get a real advantage as the other one just hangs on for dear life.  The wrestlers grapple with each other looking for a shot but not much happens.  Francouz and Rask were both 3 for 4 on GRs through three periods.  Here, Dallas dominated the first two periods, outshooting Vancouver 21-10.  But the score was tied 1-1 with Staal scoring on an outside shot and Boeser on a breakaway, both in the second period.  The third period saw Vancouver spark to life with three power play opportunities, but that period was scoreless and it was on to overtime.  Overtime turned out to be Miller time, as Miller opened the period with a breakaway that Rask stopped on a GR chance 20 seconds into the period, only to have Miller come right back 45 seconds later with an inside shot that Rask couldn’t stop on a GR chance and Dallas leaves town with two points.
Tampa Bay  3  Vancouver  2   SO
Vancouver’s first shot of the game at 2:04 gave them a 1-0, as Necas scored on an outside shot.  The Lightning then controlled play for the rest of the first period and the entire second period.  After two periods they had outshot the Canucks 33-21 and had taken a 2-1 lead.  Tampa got their two goals from Zibadejad (Inside shot) and Kopitar (Outside shot).  Vancouver came out in the third period with a sense of urgency and finally tied the score at 10:45 when Josi had a breakaway, a rebound chance on his own shot, and finally a score as Caggiula swept in behind Josi and buried yet another rebound shot.  The Bolts then had the sense of urgency and took over play, but Rask was up to the task and kept it 2-2 after three periods. (Rask was 10 for 12 on GRs for the game.)  Vancouver had an excellent chance in overtime because of a minor penalty called on Zibanebad, but both teams spent the entire overtime chasing loose puck and overtime ended with only one SOG.  The shootout saw Tampa Bay’s first two shooters score (Ovechkin and Aho), and Vancouver couldn’t keep up as only Lindblom could score in the shootout for the Canucks.  And yet again, Tampa Bay beats the Canucks, but it sure wasn’t a blowout this time.

Toronto results

Blues 3, Leafs 1 – Blues struck quickly and had a 2-0 lead 3:52 into the 1st. The young Leafs settled down after the initial flurry and began to hold their own with the Blues, and Ryan Donato finally got Toronto on the board in the 3rd, but the Blues found another gear and took over the rest of the way, with Shea Theodore sealing it with a late goal.

 

 

Canucks 7, Leafs 1 – Vancouver was in control throughout the game, scoring 3 in the 1st and 3 in the 2nd. Jake Virtanen completed his hat trick with just 8 seconds left to play! Canucks went 3/3 on the PP.

 

 

 

 

Devils 4, Leafs 2 – Rasmus Sandin scored his 1st career goal, but the Devils were too much for the young Leafs in this one, with former Leaf Reilly Smith scoring an insurance goal in the 3rd.

 

 

 

 

 

Avalanche 4, Leafs 1 – Auston Mathews and Steven Stamkos each had a goal and an assist for Colorado, while Phillipp Grubauer made 39 saves for the Avalanche.

 

 

 

 

Islanders 4, Leafs 2 – After the Leafs came back from 2-0 down to tie the game, the Isles scored late in the 2nd and added another in the 3rd for the 4-2 win, capping an 0-5 home stretch for the young Leafs.

Keith

Leaders after block 6


LEAGUE LEADERS FOR GHCL 20                                  
 
                                       PLAYER LEADERS                                        
GOALS                          ASSISTS                        POINTS                       
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
K. CONNOR           STL   42   R. O'REILLY         WIN   60   A. PANARIN          WIN   97 
A. PANARIN          WIN   41   L. DRAISAITL        BOS   57   L. DRAISAITL        BOS   94 
A. MATTHEWS         COL   38   A. PANARIN          WIN   56   M. SCHEIFELE        STL   74 
L. DRAISAITL        BOS   37   R. JOSI             VAN   49   R. O'REILLY         WIN   74 
D. PASTRNAK         PHI   35   J. CARLSON          WIN   47   D. PASTRNAK         PHI   73 
A. OVECHKIN         TAM   33   M. SCHEIFELE        STL   45   N. MacKINNON        MNW   71 
M. PACIORETTY       MON   33   M. MARNER           TAM   44   E. PETTERSSON       MON   71 
N. MacKINNON        MNW   31   E. PETTERSSON       MON   44   K. CONNOR           STL   69 
C. McDAVID          BOS   31   M. TKACHUK          STL   42   A. MATTHEWS         COL   68 
J. EICHEL           NJD   30   B. MARCHAND         DAL   41   J. TAVARES          MON   67 
 
SHOOTING %                     POWER PLAY GOALS               SHORT HANDED GOALS        
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
K. YAMAMOTO         WIN 29.6   D. PASTRNAK         PHI   15   C. TIERNEY          VGK    4 
A. PANARIN          WIN 18.7   A. MATTHEWS         COL   14   B. WHEELER          BOS    3 
K. CONNOR           STL 17.6   C. McDAVID          BOS   12   P. BERGERON         NYI    2 
A. MATTHEWS         COL 17.6   L. DRAISAITL        BOS   11   J. FAST             LAK    2 
C. McDAVID          BOS 17.0   N. KUCHEROV         SJS   11   Z. WERENSKI         BOS    2 
N. BACKSTROM        DAL 16.3   N. MacKINNON        MNW   11   MANY TIED WITH             1 
D. KREJCI           VAN 16.3   MANY TIED WITH            10                                
N. ACCIARI          MNW 16.1                                                               
S. STAMKOS          COL 16.0                                                               
A. ROUSSEL          VAN 15.7                                                               
 
SHOTS                          PENALTY MINUTES                +/-        
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
L. DRAISAITL        BOS  258   N. FOLIGNO          STL   81   A. PANARIN          WIN   35 
D. PASTRNAK         PHI  243   B. MARCHAND         DAL   77   B. BURNS            STL   34 
M. PACIORETTY       MON  240   T. WILSON           DAL   70   R. O'REILLY         WIN   34 
P. BERGERON         NYI  239   E. KANE             TOR   56   A. PIETRANGELO      STL   34 
K. CONNOR           STL  238   B. TKACHUK          NYI   55   P. BUCHNEVICH       MON   27 
A. OVECHKIN         TAM  229   E. MALKIN           BOS   54   J. CARLSON          WIN   27 
T. TOFFOLI          BOS  227   M. TKACHUK          STL   52   D. PASTRNAK         PHI   26 
N. EHLERS           TOR  224   D. DOUGHTY          VGK   50   MANY TIED WITH            25 
J. TAVARES          MON  224   D. SAVARD           LAK   50                                
A. PANARIN          WIN  219   K. PALMIERI         COL   49                                
 
GWG                            GTG                            OTG 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
D. PASTRNAK         PHI    8   MANY TIED WITH             0   L. DRAISAITL        BOS    3 
M. PACIORETTY       MON    8                                  A. MATTHEWS         COL    2 
K. CONNOR           STL    7                                  A. OVECHKIN         TAM    2 
A. OVECHKIN         TAM    7                                  N. MacKINNON        MNW    2 
J. EICHEL           NJD    6                                  B. BOESER           VAN    2 
M. SCHEIFELE        STL    6                                  F. FORSBERG         STL    2 
S. AHO              TAM    6                                  MANY TIED WITH             1 
E. LINDHOLM         VGK    6                                                               
D. KREJCI           VAN    6                                                               
A. PANARIN          WIN    5                                                               
 
INTIMIDATIONS                  TAKE AWAYS                     ICE TIME PER GAME 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ----------------------------- 
R. RISTOLAINEN      SJS   62   D. DOUGHTY          VGK   88   D. HAMILTON         BOS 29:02 
R. GRAVES           MNW   61   B. BURNS            STL   84   A. PIETRANGELO      STL 28:30 
J. SLAVIN           BOS   57   D. KEITH            LAK   84   J. CARLSON          WIN 28:23 
B. BURNS            STL   55   C. PARAYKO          DAL   82   I. PROVOROV         TOR 28:15 
D. SAVARD           LAK   48   B. PESCE            TOR   82   M. NISKANEN         NYI 27:52 
J. PETRY            MON   46   R. PULOCK           COL   82   R. JOSI             VAN 27:47 
N. HANIFIN          NJD   44   J. BRODIN           NYI   81   V. HEDMAN           VGK 27:26 
M. EKHOLM           LAK   42   J. CARLSON          WIN   81   Z. WERENSKI         BOS 27:20 
C. McAVOY           NYI   42   A. PIETRANGELO      STL   81   M. GIORDANO         MON 26:40 
I. PROVOROV         TOR   40   J. PETRY            MON   80   R. GRAVES           MNW 26:40 
 
FACE-OFFS WON                  FACE-OFF PCT                   SUCCESSFUL PENETRATIONS 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
R. O'REILLY         WIN  380   T. SEGUIN           SJS 68.8   T. TOFFOLI          BOS   67 
A. BARKOV           SJS  375   M. DUCHENE          NJD 67.6   D. KUBALÍK          MNW   62 
L. DRAISAITL        BOS  375   C. DVORAK           LAK 67.4   D. PASTRNAK         PHI   62 
B. HORVAT           VGK  351   A. MATTHEWS         COL 66.3   A. OVECHKIN         TAM   60 
A. MATTHEWS         COL  324   J. TAVARES          MON 63.6   K. CONNOR           STL   54 
P. BERGERON         NYI  322   S. CROSBY           PHI 62.8   Z. PARISE           VGK   51 
S. COUTURIER        LAK  304   C. GIROUX           PHI 62.4   K. FIALA            LAK   47 
S. CROSBY           PHI  280   S. COUTURIER        LAK 60.4   C. KREIDER          WIN   47 
J. TAVARES          MON  264   B. HORVAT           VGK 60.1   MANY TIED WITH            45 
C. GIROUX           PHI  251   P. BERGERON         NYI 59.2                                
 
OUTSIDE SHOTS                  INSIDE SHOTS                   BREAKAWAYS 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
J. CARLSON          WIN   84   D. PASTRNAK         PHI  159   P. BERGERON         NYI   46 
A. PIETRANGELO      STL   76   L. DRAISAITL        BOS  155   M. DUCHENE          NJD   46 
N. EHLERS           TOR   73   M. PACIORETTY       MON  149   S. AHO              TAM   43 
P. LAINE            LAK   73   K. CONNOR           STL  145   A. OVECHKIN         TAM   42 
C. PARAYKO          DAL   72   T. TOFFOLI          BOS  144   K. CONNOR           STL   41 
B. WHEELER          BOS   70   N. MacKINNON        MNW  134   B. HORVAT           VGK   40 
P. BERGERON         NYI   69   J. EICHEL           NJD  132   P. LAINE            LAK   39 
E. DADONOV          TAM   68   N. KUCHEROV         SJS  130   A. MATTHEWS         COL   39 
MANY TIED WITH            67   A. MATTHEWS         COL  130   MANY TIED WITH            38 
                               J. TAVARES          MON  129                                
 
POWER PLAY ASSISTS             POWER PLAY POINTS              POWER PLAY SHOTS 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
R. JOSI             VAN   19   L. DRAISAITL        BOS   29   L. DRAISAITL        BOS   91 
L. DRAISAITL        BOS   18   N. MacKINNON        MNW   23   J. TAVARES          MON   83 
T. KONECNY          PHI   18   D. PASTRNAK         PHI   23   J. EICHEL           NJD   77 
M. MARNER           TAM   17   M. SCHEIFELE        STL   23   N. MacKINNON        MNW   77 
S. CROSBY           PHI   16   J. EICHEL           NJD   22   D. PASTRNAK         PHI   77 
B. MARCHAND         DAL   16   B. MARCHAND         DAL   22   K. CONNOR           STL   75 
S. STAMKOS          COL   16   A. MATTHEWS         COL   22   K. FIALA            LAK   75 
MANY TIED WITH            15   C. McDAVID          BOS   22   N. KUCHEROV         SJS   75 
                               S. STAMKOS          COL   22   S. REINHART         TOR   73 
                               S. CROSBY           PHI   21   A. BARKOV           SJS   71 
 
                                       GOALIE LEADERS                                        
GAMES                          MINUTES PLAYED                 WINS                       
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
A. VASILEVSKIY      STL   54   A. VASILEVSKIY      STL 3184   A. VASILEVSKIY      STL   28 
C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS   50   C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS 2944   C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS   22 
F. ANDERSEN         TOR   47   M. FLEURY           LAK 2609   C. HART             PHI   21 
M. FLEURY           LAK   45   F. ANDERSEN         TOR 2551   J. MARKSTROM        BOS   21 
S. VARLAMOV         NJD   40   S. VARLAMOV         NJD 2319   T. RASK             VAN   20 
M. KOSKINEN         WIN   35   M. KOSKINEN         WIN 2116   M. KOSKINEN         WIN   19 
A. RAANTA           MON   33   A. RAANTA           MON 1948   D. KUEMPER          COL   19 
MANY TIED WITH            32   C. HART             PHI 1935   MANY TIED WITH            18 
                               D. KUEMPER          COL 1824                                
                               E. MERZLIKINS       VGK 1817                                
 
GAA                            SPCT.                           SHUTOUTS 
----------------------------   -----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
T. RASK             VAN 2.17   T. RASK             VAN 0.934   C. HART             PHI    4 
J. ALLEN            PHI 2.55   T. JARRY            TAM 0.923   T. JARRY            TAM    3 
C. HART             PHI 2.60   R. LEHNER           MNW 0.921   J. MARKSTROM        BOS    3 
T. JARRY            TAM 2.65   A. KHUDOBIN         NYI 0.921   A. RAANTA           MON    3 
J. HALAK            DAL 2.65   J. HALAK            DAL 0.920   T. RASK             VAN    3 
M. BLACKWOOD        BOS 2.65   D. KUEMPER          COL 0.920   S. VARLAMOV         NJD    3 
J. MARKSTROM        BOS 2.65   P. FRANCOUZ         DAL 0.920   MANY TIED WITH             2 
A. KHUDOBIN         NYI 2.75   J. ALLEN            PHI 0.918                                
R. LEHNER           MNW 2.80   C. HART             PHI 0.918                                
T. GREISS           NJD 2.82   M. KOSKINEN         WIN 0.917                                
 
GOALIE PENALTY MINUTES         TOUGH SAVES                     TOUGH SAVE PCT 
----------------------------   -----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
A. STALOCK          WIN   15   A. VASILEVSKIY      STL  302   J. MARKSTROM        BOS 78.04 
C. TALBOT           SJS   13   C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS  245   M. BLACKWOOD        BOS 77.33 
R. LEHNER           MNW   12   F. ANDERSEN         TOR  237   E. MERZLIKINS       VGK 76.45 
J. MARKSTROM        BOS   10   M. FLEURY           LAK  208   A. RAANTA           MON 75.31 
J. BINNINGTON       TAM    6   S. VARLAMOV         NJD  208   D. KUEMPER          COL 75.22 
M. FLEURY           LAK    6   M. KOSKINEN         WIN  191   P. FRANCOUZ         DAL 74.90 
A. KHUDOBIN         NYI    6   E. MERZLIKINS       VGK  185   C. HART             PHI 74.89 
D. RITTICH          MON    6   A. RAANTA           MON  180   R. LEHNER           MNW 73.89 
A. VASILEVSKIY      STL    6   P. FRANCOUZ         DAL  179   M. KOSKINEN         WIN 73.18 
P. FRANCOUZ         DAL    4   M. BLACKWOOD        BOS  174   C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS 73.13 
 
FACEOFFS FORCED                REBOUNDS ALLOWED               LOSSES                       
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
A. VASILEVSKIY      STL  114   P. FRANCOUZ         DAL   39   M. FLEURY           LAK   32 
M. FLEURY           LAK  110   D. KUEMPER          COL   38   F. ANDERSEN         TOR   31 
C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS  101   C. CRAWFORD         VGK   37   C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS   26 
S. VARLAMOV         NJD   92   M. KOSKINEN         WIN   35   A. VASILEVSKIY      STL   25 
F. ANDERSEN         TOR   88   C. HART             PHI   33   S. VARLAMOV         NJD   22 
E. MERZLIKINS       VGK   75   A. RAANTA           MON   33   B. BISHOP           VAN   18 
R. LEHNER           MNW   68   A. VASILEVSKIY      STL   31   E. MERZLIKINS       VGK   18 
J. SAROS            MNW   64   J. ALLEN            PHI   27   A. KHUDOBIN         NYI   17 
A. STALOCK          WIN   62   MANY TIED WITH            25   MANY TIED WITH            16 
M. KOSKINEN         WIN   59                                                               
 
                                     STARS OF THE GAME                                       
FIRST STAR OF GAME             STAR OF GAME POINTS          
----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
A. PANARIN          WIN   10   A. PANARIN          WIN   50 
D. PASTRNAK         PHI   10   D. PASTRNAK         PHI   45 
K. CONNOR           STL    9   T. RASK             VAN   42 
T. RASK             VAN    8   A. VASILEVSKIY      STL   41 
P. BERGERON         NYI    7   L. DRAISAITL        BOS   39 
J. HALAK            DAL    7   K. CONNOR           STL   38 
C. HART             PHI    7   A. OVECHKIN         TAM   34 
A. RAANTA           MON    7   J. HALAK            DAL   32 
A. VASILEVSKIY      STL    7   C. HART             PHI   32 
L. DRAISAITL        BOS    6   P. BERGERON         NYI   30 
 

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Standings after block 6

Teams – Standard

Name GP Wins Losses RT Pts Goals oppGoals HmW HmL HmRT AwW AwL AwRT
Boston BOS 60 39 14 7 85 213 161 22 5 3 17 9 4
Philadelphia PHI 60 39 17 4 82 209 156 23 6 1 16 11 3
Tampa Bay TAM 60 38 19 3 79 188 162 21 8 1 17 11 2
St. Louis STL 60 33 19 8 74 210 187 17 9 4 16 10 4
Dallas DAL 60 33 20 7 73 187 167 17 9 4 16 11 3
Colorado COL 60 33 22 5 71 192 185 16 12 2 17 10 3
Vancouver VAN 60 32 23 5 69 165 177 14 12 4 18 11 1
Montreal MON 60 31 23 6 68 202 187 15 11 4 16 12 2
Minnesota MNW 60 32 25 3 67 200 192 18 10 2 14 15 1
New Jersey NJD 60 29 23 8 66 187 180 14 12 4 15 11 4
San Jose SJS 60 27 25 8 62 194 182 14 13 3 13 12 5
Vegas VGK 60 28 28 4 60 168 179 16 11 3 12 17 1
Winnipeg WIN 60 28 29 3 59 196 203 17 12 1 11 17 2
New York NYI 60 23 31 6 52 162 197 13 15 2 10 16 4
Los Angeles LAK 60 17 32 11 45 146 221 8 16 6 9 16 5
Toronto TOR 60 18 39 3 39 150 233 9 21 0 9 18 3
Sum 960 480 389 91 1051 2969 2969 254 182 44 226 207 47
Avg 60 30 24 6 66 186 186 16 11 3 14 13 3