Canucks beat Blackhawks to open Rick Tocchet period

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

Listed below are 10 observations from the loss:

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

2. Petr Mrazek saved 1.87 objectives above anticipated within the first interval, the place he confronted eight high-quality probabilities and stopped all 21 pictures. It was simply his greatest interval of the season. He completed the job with 43 saves on 47 pictures for a save share of .915. If it wasn’t for Mrazek, issues may’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 evening.

4. The sport was in some way tied 2-2 by way of 40 minutes, and the Blackhawks had a possibility to attain the go-ahead objective 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 means 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 in all probability wasn’t successful that warranted a scrap nor was it the fitting time. It was a clear hit and not likely an enormous one both, and Domi needed to sit for 17 minutes due to it (2 for instigating, 5 for combating and a 10-minute misconduct).

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

7. How concerning the month Sam Lafferty is having? He scored his fourth objective and recorded his eighth level within the final 12 video games after having zero objectives and one help in his earlier 19 contests. His identify 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 have 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 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 J.T. Miller to a long-term extension after they have been ready to let him stroll. Now, they’re probably going to commerce captain Bo Horvat — though he is a greater general participant than Miller — and retool on the fly. However extra notably, the way in which they dealt with the Bruce Boudreau state of affairs was a horrible look. The Rick Tocchet period 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 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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