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10 observations: Canucks beat Blackhawks to open Rick Tocchet period


The Blackhawks fell to the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 at Rogers Area on Tuesday.

Listed here are 10 observations from the loss:

one. The Canucks dominated in shot makes an attempt (80-34), photographs on purpose (48-14), scoring possibilities (46-15) and high-danger possibilities (22-6), per Pure Stat Trick. The Blackhawks’ 14 photographs was a brand new season-low, and the 46 scoring possibilities in opposition to and 22 high-danger possibilities in opposition to had been tied for his or her second-highest totals of the season. A really low-sided stat sheet.

2. Petr Mrazek saved 1.87 targets above anticipated within the first interval, the place he confronted eight high-quality possibilities and stopped all 21 photographs. It was simply his greatest interval of the season. He completed the job with 43 saves on 47 photographs for a save share of .915. If it wasn’t for Mrazek, issues might’ve been actually ugly for the Blackhawks.

3. The Blackhawks spent six of the primary eight and a half minutes on the penalty kill after Jake McCabe dedicated a tripping penalty 28 seconds in and Seth Jones sat for 4 minutes proper after due to a high-sticking penalty. The Canucks did every thing however rating on their three alternatives. In truth, the Blackhawks killed off all 5 penalties on the night time.

4. The sport was considerably tied 2-2 via 40 minutes, and the Blackhawks had a chance to attain the go-ahead purpose within the third interval however Andreas Athanasiou did not get a lot of the puck on his one-timer alternative throughout a 2- on-1. The Canucks instantly went the opposite approach and scored, after which struck once more 34 seconds later. Robust flip of occasions.

5. Max Domi got here to Patrick Kane’s protection within the second interval after Canucks ahead Dakota Joshua laid successful on Chicago’s celebrity. I admire that Domi has mainly turn into Kane’s unofficial bodyguard, however that most likely wasn’t successful that warranted a scrap nor was it the suitable time. It was a clear hit and probably not a giant one both, and Domi needed to sit for 17 minutes due to it (2 for instigating, 5 for preventing and a 10-minute misconduct).

6. Collin Delia began in purpose for the Canucks in opposition to his former workforce. He is appeared in solely 10 NHL video games this season and his save share of him would not look nice, however he is really had a strong marketing campaign. I do not assume he’ll just like the second purpose in opposition to, however he positive did most likely take pleasure in selecting up a win in opposition to the Blackhawks.

7. How in regards to the month Sam Lafferty is having? He scored his fourth purpose and recorded his eighth level within the final 12 video games after having zero targets and one help in his earlier 19 contests. His title ought to begin to acquire traction forward of the March 3 commerce deadline.

8. With Tyler Johnson positioned on injured reserve after reaggravating his ankle on Sunday, the Blackhawks recalled Luke Philp, who made his NHL debut at 27 years outdated. He did not see a lot ice time as a result of the Blackhawks had been on the penalty kill 5 instances and he did not get any power-play time, however I am positive it was a dream come true for him. His household of him was in attendance.

9. The Canucks have been a circus present this season, and it began within the offseason after they modified course and signed JT Miller to a long-term extension after they had been ready to let him stroll. Now, they’re possible going to commerce captain Bo Horvat — regardless that he is a greater total participant than Miller — and retool on the fly. However extra remarkably, the best way they dealt with the Bruce Boudreau scenario was a horrible look. The Rick Tocchet started with a Vancouver fan throwing a Canucks jersey onto the ice:

10. The Blackhawks acquired Jason Dickinson and a second-round choose in 2024 from Vancouver in October for Riley Stillman, who was just lately a wholesome scratch for six straight video games. A free second-rounder for Chicago. What a commerce by GM Kyle Davidson.

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