PHILADELPHIA —Factors to ponder because the Canucks performed properly sufficient to win, however misplaced Alex Edler to a facial harm in a 2-1 setback to the Flyers and in addition misplaced Thatcher Demko to a lower-body pressure within the warm-up Monday:
Edler harm overshadows drive for additional time
The Canucks defenceman had his stick caught within the skate of Jakub Voracek halfway by the third interval and as he twisted to the ice on the high of the crease, his face hit the ice laborious. He was dazed and bloodied and brought off the ice on a stretcher.
Edler was taken to hospital for additional analysis and x-rays and clearly didn’t fly with the crew to Washington the place the Canucks face the Stanley Cup champion Capitals on Tuesday.
It was a merciless blow as a result of the resurgent Edler was main the membership in common ice time (23:24), blocked photographs (109) and fifth in hits (80) to go together with manning the primary power-play unit and main membership defencemen in scoring with 20 factors (5-15).
It means Alex Biega will draw into the lineup Tuesday and it means an unsure timetable for Edler’s return till x-rays affirm the harm and if the 32-year-old unrestricted free agent would require surgical procedure.
“Any time a man goes down, you are worried about him,” mentioned Canucks coach Travis Inexperienced when requested concerning the psyche of his membership after the horrific harm. “It goes by your head a bit of bit, however guys are used to it and it sounds a bit of bit barbaric, however to see him sitting up when he went off the ice is sweet for each groups.
“Eddie doesn’t go down too typically, so that you knew he was damage.”
Added Bo Horvat: “That was scary. You by no means wish to see a teammate go down like that, particularly your greatest defenceman. You see a man get knocked unconscious like that and you then see all of the blood. We needed to get that (win) for him and we deserved higher tonight.”
“You see that blood on the ice and it shakes you for certain,” mentioned Brandon Sutter.
“It’s clearly scary while you see one thing like that occur,” mentioned Voracek. “You don’t need it to occur however sadly it occurs typically. I used to be simply driving the web and I felt his stick on my skate and after that I didn’t even see him fall. It was not a great take care of. Hopefully he’s alright.”
Digging out of that two-goal gap
It was going to take one thing out of the extraordinary to shut the 2-Zero deficit as a result of the Flyers had strung collectively seven-straight victories to show their frenetic followers from doubters into believers.
Carter Hart, the seventh stopper to man the dysfunctional internet this rollercoaster season, was rookie of the month for January, but the 20-year-old Sherwood, Park, Alta. native seemed like a child in a pick-up recreation when he let the Canucks again in it.
With the Flyers comfortably up within the second interval and having their manner with a struggling defence — particularly the pairing of Erik Gudbranson and Derrick Pouliot — Carter bolted from his crease to negate a protracted lead move. And with Sutter barrelling down on him, the membership’s new starter put the puck off the wall and proper on to the tape of Brock Boeser.
A flick of the wrist and Boeser had his 18th purpose of the season and it was 2-1 and the Canucks had life. They didn’t have Sven Baertschi, who has returned to Vancouver to be examined after not feeling proper after Saturday’s recreation in Denver — however they might nonetheless mount a spirited assault and end with 42 photographs.
“I felt we performed a fairly strong recreation however props to Carter as a result of he performed a heck of a recreation,” mentioned Boeser, who had seven photographs and 11 makes an attempt. “However as soon as I noticed him depart the web, Sudsy (Sutter) had sufficient strain when he solely had one option to go up the wall, so fortunately it landed on my stick.”
Boeser nearly scored once more late within the second interval.
“I acquired all the things on that and he made an amazing play and nearly got here out 10 toes to chop the angle down, added Boeser.
Upon additional evaluation, was that the tying purpose?
The Canucks stayed in it however couldn’t convert a third-period energy play as Hart robbed Nikolay Goldobin at aspect of the web by diving throughout and getting his arm on a rebound. Then a mosh pit erupted on the following rush as Jake Virtanen tried to jam dwelling the equalizer that gave the impression to be in, however was reviewed and never allowed.
“It positively went within the internet and wasn’t coated, however it’s not a straightforward name for the refs,” mentioned Inexperienced. “We performed a hell of a recreation and you might argue that we performed higher tonight than in Colorado.
Horvat was then stopped at aspect of the web on a rebound likelihood with 1:16 left to make it an agonizing ending.
Right here’s the NHL State of affairs Room tackle he disallowed purpose:
At 15:29 of the third interval a video evaluation to additional study a play on the Philadelphia internet. The Referee knowledgeable the State of affairs Room that he blew his whistle to cease play earlier than the puck crossed the purpose line. The choice was made in accordance of Rule 31.2 which states, partially, that “the Referee could deem the play to be stopped barely previous to the whistle really being blown. The truth that the puck could come free or cross the purpose line previous to the sound of the whistle has no bearing if the Referee has dominated that the play had been stopped previous to this taking place.” This isn’t a reviewable play, subsequently the Referee’s name on the ice stands – no purpose Vancouver Canucks.
Too many adventures on the again finish
Whether or not is was Pouliot having bother making that first good move, Gudbranson having bother containing forwards within the corners or in entrance of the web or Chris Tanev blowing a tire on the offensive blueline, the dimensions, pace and energy of Flyer forwards was intimidating.
After Sean Couturier opened scoring with a primary interval power-play purpose to present the Flyers seven man-advantage targets within the final three video games, they put the Canucks in a two-goal gap for the primary time in a month. When Tanev misplaced his steadiness, Voracek sped away and used a forehand-backhand-forehand transfer on Jacob Markstrom with Edler tugging at him in pursuit.
The Canucks may have taken an early result in acquire some momentum. An Edler wrist shot rang off the crossbar and Virtanen put a breakaway likelihood off the precise publish. And Sutter almost scored on a shorthanded break when he slid a one-handed effort simply previous the far publish.
Pettersson’s moxie, Pettersson’s plunge
The Canucks acquired an early energy play and an early scare.
As Elias Pettersson hustled again to assist break up a shorthanded likelihood, Edler slid throughout to take the taking pictures angle away on Couturier. Pettersson and Edler acquired twisted up and the Calder Trophy frontrunner slammed closely into the nook boards with Edler on high of him.
Pettersson, who has already missed six video games this season with a concussion and 5 with a knee sprain, acquired up slowly and went on to the dressing room however returned a short while later after being winded. He was making an attempt to interrupt up a 2-on-1 rush.
“I used to be backchecking and reaching for the puck and didn’t see Edler laying on his abdomen and making an attempt to dam the move,” mentioned Pettersson. “I fell over him and acquired between the boards and him and misplaced my breath for one minute, however I used to be alright. I knew half a second earlier than the collision that it was going to harm.”
The irony of the incident is that Pettersson may have gotten damage doing what most gamers received’t, not to mention a rookie. Nonetheless, his three-zone consciousness additionally makes the centre vulnerable to a heavy forecheck and collisions, however it received’t change the way in which he performs.
“I used to be the man who led to the turnover for the 2-on-1, so I’ll do my greatest each recreation to win a recreation and the again verify is part of it,” burdened Pettersson,
OVERTIME — Thatcher Demko suffered a lower-body tweak within the morning skate Monday and Mike DiPietro, the Canucks’ third-round choose within the 2017 draft, will be a part of the crew in Washington. Markstrom will get the back-to-back begin towards the Capitals.