Vancouver Canucks, New Jersey Devils

Canucks Lose Crazy OT Game In NJ, 5-4

The Vancouver Canucks tried their hardest to screw up their improving NHL Draft lottery odds, charging back from down three goals in the second period to tie the game at 4-4 in the third.

The New Jersey Devils scored three goals in 50-seconds to take a 4-1 lead midway through the game.

Vancouver plugged away, getting some unlikely goals: Luke Schenn’s 3rd of the season, Curtis Lazar’s 2nd, and Phil Di Giuseppe’s 1st as a Canuck.

Canucks forward Vasily Podkolzin played his first NHL game since late November after being called up coming out of the NHL All-Star break and delivered four hits and three shots on goal. Forward Nils Aman also saw action, playing just under 10-minutes.

Collin Delia started in net for Vancouver.

Canucks Goal Scorers

1st Period

1-0 Canucks – Even Strength – Andrei Kuzmenko (22) from Luke Schenn and Elias Pettersson, 3:35

‘Koozy’ toe-dragged past Devils D-man Dougie Hamilton and ripped one top shelf on Vitek Vanecek.

2nd Period

4-2 Devils – Even Strength – Luke Schenn (3) from Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland, 15:29

Schenn stroked a shot from the right point past a screen and off the short-side post and in.

4-3 Devils – Even Strength – Curtis Lazar (2) from Riley Stillman and Conor Garland, 19:33

Lazar one-timed a feed along the ice just in front of the net off a below-the-goal-line feed from a rushing Stillman.

3rd Period

4-4 Tie – Even Strength – Phil Di Giuseppe (1) from J.T. Miller and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, 6:02

After a cross ice, stretch pass from Miller, Di Giuseppe held the puck on a 2-on-1 on the right wing and wired a shot.

In the end the Canucks would lose in overtime with Jesper Bratt scoring on a one-time slapshot during a 4-on-3 power play with just 42-seconds left on the clock.

The Devils outshot the Canucks 34-30. Power plays: New Jersey, 1-for-4, Vancouver 0-for-1.

With the overtime point earned, the Canucks now have 44 points on the season, moving into a tie with the Montreal Canadiens for the 6th fewest points in the NHL. Vancouver actually has a game in hand.

Canucks 3 Stars:

1) Oliver Ekman-Larsson – The veteran D-man used fresh legs to lead the team in ice time at 22:44 and add 2 assists.

2) Andrei Kuzmenko – A threat all night, he opened the scoring with a beautiful move and had four shots on goal.

3) Conor Garland – The only other Canuck with two points, Garland didn’t have a shot on goal but he did have two helpers.

Rob Simpson

Rob Simpson has covered the NHL in five different decades. He’s authored 4 books on hockey and is a veteran TV and radio play-by-play man and reporter.
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Wade S.
Wade S.
1 year ago

Nucks are exploring trade options involving Thatcher D. and OEL in a package deal
with other teams. Lots of discussion.