Jump to content
The Official Site of the Vancouver Canucks
Canucks Community

[PGT] Bruins @ Canucks

-Vintage Canuck-

Recommended Posts

Heartbreaking loss tonight. We had the lead heading into the 3rd. Instead of holding back and defending our fort, why not keep doing what you were doing that got us ahead in the 1st place... Makes no sense. This game pretty much sums up how our season has gone. Granny had a good game. He probably deserved the hatty the way he was buzzing tonight. Sedins looked great with him but they were terrible defensively. Coughing up the puck doesn't help either. Edler and Stecher were alright defensively but they could've done better especially Edler on Ratchand's goal though you can blame Hank for throwing that blind pass. Millsy continues to keep the boys in game and he's just to get a win under his belt and he's deserved it. Tram and Hutty along with Sbisa and Biega were good offensively, creating chances and kept the Bruins in check defensively for some parts of the game. Bo and Baer line were buzzing but just weren't able to put one home. Have to bounce back next game against Dallas who are doing just as bad as we are. GCG! 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

10 minutes ago, Blue_Jays_Canucks said:

Granlund what a nice pickup by JB. Seriously he's made all good trades so far. Lack has stumbled in Carolina, Granlund and Baertschi are impact players, even the McCann deal isn't looking too bad, Gudbranson will be better next year. Great idea signing Miller and everyone hated that. This year's trade deadline. JB is a great GM, a great scout, we are very lucky to have him. 

Not to nit pick, but not everybody hated that. We needed a goalie and easily had the cap space to burn.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

15 minutes ago, DownUndaCanuck said:

Lots of good, lots of bad from this game for now and for the future:


Firstly, we're half an AHL team essentially playing try-outs for next year it seems.


1) Sedins had their best game in a very long time, brilliant first 20, good second 20 and terrible last period defensively. You can see they're getting tired later on in games yet there they are getting their minutes pushed hard by a stubborn WD. You've got old veterans, they've played well in the first half of the game yet there they are defending a young star in Marchand right to the end. No wonder they're going to lose a step on him eventually. That was stupid coaching to put the twins out time and time again. You have to know what you have in your players - Horvat would have matched up FAR better against Marchand, yet WD goes with the Sedins. Bad coaching move by us. On the plus side, at least both their minutes were well down. Just bad matchups by us, especially considering we have the late change.


Granlund played a hell of a game, he's got a fantastic shot and brilliant hockey IQ but I was really impressed by his defence and back-checking tonight. Kid's going to be a consistent 20 goal scorer which is what this team needs going forward.


2) Horvat and Baertschi had some good looks tonight but they really need someone like Eriksson to help clear up space for them. Set up Megna nicely a few times but that kid has less finish than Hansen and is too much of a tease - generates chances with speed but will never finish them at the NHL level consistently. We need to leave him as a 3rd/4th line winger at the very best but his PK abilities really isn't enough and he's not big and strong enough for the bottom-6. He has to go next year, ideally stay in Utica.


3) Feel bad for Sutter who's playing 17 hard 2nd line minutes essentially, killing penalties with an injury. The shot clearly isn't there. Worst of all he's playing with AHLers on his wing and has no real chance, but still he was good tonight and sound defensively against some pretty weak competition and matchups.


4) Shore had a good game IMO. Unlucky penalty that shouldn't have been, but a lovely pass to Edler for his first assist, and he was dogged on the puck tonight - won a few battles off Marchand, had a few good passes and a couple good shots - all that considering he must have been jetlagged. I think we've got something in Shore and it'll be interesting to see what he can do once he's rested and used to our systems. There's lots of players moving in and out of the team right now but I think you have to give them a decent chance for a few games once they've settled and I think Shore will be a consistent NHLer. 3rd line potential for next season.


5) Labate was shut down pretty early, Cramerossa had a few good shifts but I really don't think either of these guys bring enough to the table consistently. No offence, a little bit of physicality but not good enough defensively or on the PK to stick consistently. AHL or gone next year. Labate as an enforcer isn't a bad option but I'd rather a veteran or even Dorsett etc.


6) Chaput is the real wild-card, I think he has the skill to play in the NHL, is quick enough, he just needs to bring something. Whether it be more offence or start killing penalties and play with more grit, he's a real borderline NHLer and could be a good addition to a 4th line if they need some skill, if not a 13th forward. Gaunce brings the size, physicality and PK abilities with zero offence whereas Chaput has a little bit of skill but not really the other attributes which is why I'd rather Gaunce over Chaput on our 4th line.


7) Boucher finished with a team high 5 shots and like Shorty said, he's got a very hard, quick shot that often finds the net despite traffic. I think there's something special there, we just have to work on it similar to Shore. These guys are both fringe-NHLers so hopefully with a good training camp they can find some offence to help contribute as tertiary scorers. We really need 10 goals from both of them if they're going to be useful at all to us.


8) Stecher had his worst game as a Canuck. Not sure if he's sick or what but he boggled every pass, turned over the puck almost every time he had it, didn't generate any offence either. Worst game for him. Hopefully he's just sick and can get over it. Terrible.


9) Edler had a classically up and down Edler game. Brilliant in the first half, a real star-quality goal there and closed down Marchand for most of the night despite Stecher struggling hard. He's his best at around 24 minutes but he struggled later in the game as per usual as the rest of the team does as well. Definitely not his fault, tonight he did more good than harm though.


10) Sbisa had a similar game, very good at the start but then as Boston put on the pressure he absolutely crumbled. Those 2 Marchand goals were all Sbisa's fault. More bad than good from him tonight.


11) Hutton on the other hand had a brilliant game and IMO he was our best player tonight. Skated fantastically, almost every pass was tape-to-tape and he got out of the D-zone with ease tonight, started a lot of rushes without much help. Best game I've seen from Hutton in a while and he's stringing a few good performances together lately which is a fantastic sign. I really wouldn't trade this guy away just yet because he may well be our next best lefty.


12) Tryamkin and Biega were rock solid tonight. Biega had a brilliant game, was rough to play against all night and threw the body smartly. Tryamkin played much more reserved but the duo were never caught defensively and got the puck out up the ice easily every single time - granted they played against much easier competition.


13) Gotta feel bad for Miller again, made some good saves, didn't get too many A-grade chances against but the top-6 for Boston overwhelmed the defence eventually and just out-played us in the final period, Miller wasn't at fault for any of the goals really.


14) We simply got out-coached tonight. Our top players were beating Boston's top players in the first 40 minutes, then their top players trumped ours and WD didn't have an answer. They've got a good interm coach over there and we've got a pretty simple one. 




TL;DR - Edler had an above average night, Granlund and Hutton and Tryamkin and Biega were fantastic, Stecher and Sbisa and our AHL forwards stunk it up but this was a coaching loss. 4 goals against in the 3rd period for a team that's 15-1-2 or something after leading after 2 against a weak fringe playoff team and bad road team is pathetic. WD didn't have his boys ready to play in the 3rd and never adjusted or set the proper matchups and Boston won the matchup game easily despite being on the road.

It's Baer-Horvat that matched up primarily vs Marchand.  Henrik only played 4min at 5v5 vs Marchand.  Sutter even less.


Megna does not kill penalties.


Sutter has played vs the bottom-2 lines and the Millers on D. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 minute ago, I.Am.Ironman said:

Pedan has been stinking it up in the AHL, not sure how he can help us.

He can't possibly be worse than Larsen.  At this point, we KNOW Larsen can't handle the NHL.  We don't know if Pedan can.  I'd rather use the remaining games to find out.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

16 minutes ago, mll said:

WD just said that he wants to try Baer-Horvat-Granlund.

Now? He wants to try it now? :picard: 


This did appear for a brief moment during the line blender months back. Willie doesn't know how to deploy talent at the NHL level, that must be painfully clear by now to all but the most devoted. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

18 minutes ago, PhillipBlunt said:

Does that mean Megna with the Sedins again? Ugh. Granlund is juuuust fine there. No need to move him. Megna can be readily moved to Utica on the red-eye. 


Let go of his hand, Willie. Let...Go!

Willie: "I'll never let go, Jack... I mean Jayson."



Link to comment
Share on other sites

Can't handle watching the twins in their own zone. Imagine you're a passenger in a speeding clunker, swerving through mtn roads, & the driver's p*$$ed-drunk. THAT's the twins in their own zone.


So then, there's Willie.


HOW can ANY human being observe this for 3 yrs, & never try the obvious alternative? Is HE coaching, or do the twins write up the line-up? Then there's their lazy-*$$ hooking penalties. That's another story.The $ 25,000,000 spent on the Swedish-4 has been a killer. What do youth learn from this D-zone, blank check/cheque?

They were great..& they're good people. All that said, their line should've been dismantled 2 yrs ago. Torts was right with the stale-bit.


Leave 2011 behind. Go with youth, & a fast, aggressive approach.

Link to comment
Share on other sites


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...