10 Observations: Canucks Defeat Hawks to Begin Rick Tocchet Era
The Blackhawks lost 5-2 to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.
Below are 10 observations from the loss.
1. The Canucks dominated in shooting attempts (80-34), shots on goal (48-14), scoring chances (46-15) and high danger chances (22-6) according to Natural Stat Trick. The Blackhawks’ 14 shots was a new season low, and 46 scoring chances and 22 hider chances tied for his second-highest total in the season. A very biased stats sheet.
2. Petr Murazek saved more than expected 1.87 goals in the first period, faced eight quality chances and stopped all 21 shots. It was easily his best period of the season, as he finished the job with 43 saves on his 47 shots and a .915 save percentage. Without Murazek, the Blackhawks could have been really ugly.
3. The Blackhawks spent six of the first eight-and-a-half minutes on penalty kills after Jake McCabe committed a tripping penalty with 28 seconds on and Seth Jones sat for four minutes immediately after for a high-sticking penalty. . The Canucks did everything but score on three chances. In fact, the Blackhawks beat all five penalties that night.
Four. The game managed to draw 2-2 going into the 40th minute, with the Blackhawks having a chance to score a go-ahead goal in the third period, but Andreas Attanasiu couldn’t convert one at 2-2. On-1. The Canucks quickly went the other way, scored, and attacked again 34 seconds later. tough development.
Five. Max Domme took on Patrick Kane’s defense in the second period after Canucks forward Dakota Joshua struck the Chicago superstar. I appreciate that Domi basically became Kane’s unofficial bodyguard, but it probably wasn’t a hit that warranted scrapping, nor was it the right time. But it wasn’t. Domi for which he had to sit for 17 minutes (2 for agitation, 5 for fighting, 10 minutes for cheating).
6. Colin Delia started with a goal for the Canucks against his former team. Although he’s only appeared in his 10 NHL games this season and doesn’t look like he has a good save percentage, he’s actually had a solid campaign. I doubt he would like his second goal, but he definitely enjoyed the win against the Blackhawks.
7. How’s this month for Sam Rafferty? After 0 goals and 1 assist in his last 19 games, he has scored 4 goals and recorded 8 points in his last 12 games. His name should start gaining momentum ahead of the March 3 trading deadline.
8. The Blackhawks remembered Luke Phillippe, who made his NHL debut at the age of 27, as Tyler Johnson, who injured his ankle again on Sunday, was placed on the injured reserve. He didn’t see much ice time because he didn’t have time for power plays, but I’m sure it was a dream come true for him. his family was present.
9. This season the Canucks are a circus show, and it all started when they signed a long-term extension after changing course in the offseason and being ready to walk JT Miller. Now they are likely to trade captain Bo Hobutt. But more notably, the way they handled the Bruce Boudreau situation was terrifying: The Rick Tocchet era began with Vancouver fans throwing his Canucks jersey on the ice. I was.
Ten. The Blackhawks acquired Jason Dickinson and a second-round pick from Vancouver in October 2024. 2nd round free skate in Chicago. What a trade by GM Kyle Davidson.
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