Another messy defensive efficiency proved pricey for the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.
The Canucks tried to claw their method again after surrendering 4 first-period objectives to the Tampa Bay Lightning, however could not make up the deficit and in the end fell 5-2.
“In our d zone, we made lots of errors proper off the bat. And earlier than you knew it, they have 4 on you,” mentioned Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau. “That’s the form of crew you may’t make errors — and so they had been comparatively loopy errors or are simple errors, , giving pucks away — towards a crew like that. And if you’re down 4, it is fairly tough to catch up.”
The hassle began with a milestone purpose for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos simply 4:40 into the sport.
Alex Killorn sliced a move throughout the low slot and Stamkos tapped it in backdoor for the five hundredth regular-season purpose of his NHL profession.
“It’s very particular,” Stamkos mentioned. “I’ve had fairly a number of probabilities the final couple of video games and it was good to get it out of the best way form of early within the recreation.”
Tampa’s bench emptied, with gamers mobbing the veteran centre within the nook as the group cheered. It was a response Stamkos wasn’t anticipating.
“That’s fairly wonderful,” he mentioned. “That’s one thing as a participant that sticks with you for a very long time if you’re on the highway and also you get that sort of reception. So, simply wish to say to the followers that had been right here tonight, ‘Thank you and I respect that and really stylish transfer.”‘
Stamkos scored twice extra Wednesday, finishing his hat trick into an empty internet with 1:22 left on the sport clock.
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Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov every notched a purpose and an help for the Lightning (29-13-1), and Killorn contributed a pair of helpers.
The Canucks (18-23-3) replied with third-period power-play objectives from Andrei Kuzmenko and Quinn Hughes. J.T. Miller had two assists.
Brian Elliott stopped 37-of-39 pictures for Tampa, who stretched their win streak to 5 video games.
Martin changed by Delia
Vancouver goalie Spencer Martin allowed 4 objectives on 10 pictures earlier than being pulled within the first interval. He was changed by Collin Delia, who made 14 saves in aid.
The outcome marked the second time in every week that the Lightning beat the Canucks, following a 5-4 choice in Tampa on Jan. 12.
Tampa coach Jon Cooper wasn’t overly impressed along with his crew’s efficiency, nonetheless.
“We received that four-goal lead after which we simply sat again for 2 intervals,” he mentioned. “We’ll want higher out of us than we did tonight for tomorrow as a result of we will not simply sit on these leads like we did. But labored out for us tonight and let’s transfer on.”
Hughes reduce the Lightning’s result in 4-2 after Stamkos was known as for tripping halfway by way of the third.
The defenceman muscled his method to the entrance of the online and compelled a backhanded shot up and over Elliott for his fourth purpose of the season on the 9:10 mark.
Hughes is on a five-game level streak with three objectives and 6 assists.
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Vancouver’s defensive group has been making a concentrated effort to get on the scoresheet, he mentioned.
“We clearly do not get sufficient objectives from the again finish,” Hughes mentioned. “It is what it’s, however we’re making an attempt to push and get pictures in and discover ourselves in spots the place we are able to rating. I feel that is the primary factor. It’s simply all about having forwards that again us up and making an attempt to have good reads and never be silly about it.”
The Canucks lastly beat the Tampa goalie on their thirty second shot of the evening 6:35 into the ultimate body.
With Erik Cernak within the field for interference, Hughes unleashed a rocket from contained in the blue line. Kuzmenko, stationed in entrance of the online, tipped it in for his 18th purpose of the season.
The dwelling aspect was two for 4 with the person benefit whereas the Lightning went 0 for 1.
Stamkos prolonged his level streak to 6 video games. He has 4 objectives and 6 assists throughout the stretch.
Canucks captain Bo Horvat notched an help and has 10 factors (4 objectives, six assists) in 9 outings.
Vancouver paid tribute to former Canuck Wayne “Gino” Odjick, who died Sunday at 52. Players wore jerseys with Odjick’s title and No. 29 on the again for warm-up, and 9 of the legendary enforcer’s Vancouver teammates joined scout Ron Delorme for a second of silence and ceremonial puck drop. Cheers of “Gino! Gino! Gino!” echoed by way of the rink a number of instances and highlights of Odjick’s profession performed on the large display screen all through the sport.
The Canucks host the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.
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