The Canucks have gained a pile of momentum in games this year from their puck movement and control on the PP. Even when they don't get many shots or goals out of it they build confidence in their puck movement and control. St. Louis' PK was outstanding, while down a man they pressured the puck carrier as aggressively as any team I've seen since Boston in 2011. Returning to even strength after all but of their kills there was a surge of momentum from them and play seemed to swing back the way of the Blues. The Canucks did very well to weather those storms and claw the momentum back. I would venture to say that more than 50% of the play was on St. Louis' side of center ice.micky107 wrote: ↑Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:54 am.I didn't think the Blues were all that good at all. We didn't have much for finish. We had more time on plays then weGreen; "It was a fun game to coach. A lot of intensity in the game. That was a great hockey game. Awesome [to get a point]. When you're playing a team like St. Louis, it's a grind. they take up a lot of space. Wasn't a lot of space for either team, it could've gone either way. That was a big boy game. That's a heavy team, they know how to win. We talked about it before in this room. If you wanna win a Stanley Cup you've gotta be able to play some heavy games, as skilled as you want to be. I thought that was as physical a game as we've played. I think our whole team really stepped up tonight. That was a hard game... a heavy game. You like to see your team in different types games. When you play certain teams there's not a lot of margin for error. Every shift matters, every puck battle matters. It's hard to find space. When you play in games like this, you can learn a lot from them."
thought, we were just rushing it.
One little move to the right and Pete could have had one. He could have had 2 or 3 and Brock should have had one. Brock was off, looked sluggish.
Actually, I thought a few of our guys did at times, including Horvat, Miller, a little, and Pearson was way off.
Might have been different had Sutter converted that shorty. Leivo was all right. Gaudette soso. Jake OK. He can do more. Wish he would.
Garret was on Benn on that Blues goal and ya, he was out of position but where the fuck was Stecher? Way-off to the other side covering air.
Stecher is not as effective with lower minutes and not joining the rush much now. In fact, he has in the past been decent at carrying the puck
out of his own end but now looks to pass right off. Oli ready yet?
Better one point than nothin. should have had two. Next game, Eriksson OUT and Baertschi in for a look maybe. LE was Ick.
Our passing was pretty bad. However it was magnified by St. Louis' strong pressure and ability to keep everything to the outside.
Edler is back to being an offensive disaster.
Markstrom was excellent. He faced fewer shots but I felt like he the ones he faced were more challenging and he made bigger saves.
Watching Hughes dance along the point is incredible. I haven'ts seen a defenseman in recent history that dangles and makes plays where the puck is ON the blueline and stays on-side so consistently while finding space to make a play. Once our PP fully realizes this and the forwards support more appropriately by jumping into the areas where the pressuring PK'ers have vacated those PK's will get burned and back off. Currently I see one of the wingers coming high far side to give Quinn a safe pass in those situations, however the other forwards don't read the play and remain too static. They aren't quite working as a single unit yet.
Our defense was actually quite good last night. Holding the defending champs to a single goal through 60 is nothing to be ashamed of for this young team. The 2 points would have landed us top spot in the West, but it alas it was not to be.
Way too many liberties being taken with Pettersson that are going uncalled on unchecked.
Leivo was a strong player last night. He can't really pass for shit, but he played a heavy game and was full marks for his ice time.
I can't believe Sven is sitting over Loui. Questions about Baertschi's defensive game are simply not reason enough for that. Eriksson is just not putting in any kind of effort.....at least from an observer's perspective.
The way that game ended was just disgusting comedy.