Canucks Post-Game SixPack - Maybe It's a Joysey Thing

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Fresh off their monumental come from behind victory over the New York Rangers, the Vancouver Canucks were right back in action Friday night against Cory Schneider and his New Jersey Devils.

In what was being billed as the Bo Horvat vs. Cory Schneider show, the Canucks and Devils provided a sloppy viewing experience with New Jersey coming away with the 4-2 victory following some rather interesting coaching decisions from Willie Desjardins.

It was a tough game to watch, especially after seeing the Canucks come back to beat the Rangers in the shootout the night before.

But back-to-back games are always tough and it was still good to see Vancouver battling back despite giving up the first three goals of the game.

So with that being said, it’s time to drown our sorrows in a SixPack!

 

Final score: Devils 4 – Canucks 2

Canucks goals:

  1. Zack Kassian (6th goal) – Assisted by Linden Vey and Henrik Sedin
  2. Zack Kassian (7th goal) – Assisted by Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin

Devils goals:

  1. Patrick Elias (10th goal) – Assisted by Adam Larsson and Adam Henrique
  2. Jordin Tootoo (5th goal) – Assisted by Adam Larsson and Cory Schneider
  3. Mike Cammalleri (19th goal) – Assisted by Eric Gelinas and Scott Gomez
  4. Mike Cammalleri (20th goal) – Assisted by Adam Larsson

 

1. Good Effort, But Not Enough

With the Vancouver Canucks playing the second game of a back to back, you knew this game wasn’t going to go too smoothly. The start of the game was anything but smooth for the Canucks.

But Vancouver did battle back thanks to the dreaded Sedin-Sedin-Kassian combination that we’ve all been patiently waiting for over the last few years. With his two goals, Zack Kassian put the Canucks into a position to maybe steal another two points from an Eastern Conference team, but in the end, it just wasn’t enough.

It’s tough to lose against the New Jersey Devils, especially after the kind of character win that the Canucks pulled off Thursday night against the Rangers.

It’s also tough to see a former stud goaltender that the Canucks traded away come back to haunt them:

 

2. These Guys Are Still in the NHL?

Maybe it’s because the Devils are a hopelessly boring team to watch and therefore not worth following unless you happen to be from the state of New Jersey, but through the first period and a half, I was shocked to see three Devils who I thought were already out of the National Hockey League.

Steve Bernier, who was skating on the Devils’ top line for some reason:

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Image: devils.nhl.com

Jordin Tootoo, who I probably shouldn’t chirp too much considering he scored the second goal for the Devils:

Tootoo

Image: nhl.com

And last but not least, Scott Gomez. I swear the only team that would ever have taken him would be the New Jersey Devils:

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Image: nj.com

There really isn’t a point to this. I was just so surprised these guys could find a team to play on.

Moving on now!

 

3. Kassian and the Twins…FINALLY

Over the past few seasons, Canucks fans have been clamouring for Zack Kassian to join the Sedins on the top line and, although pretty much by default, they got their wish as the Kassquatch finally got his chance.

And he didn’t waste the opportunity.

The first goal from Kassian was huge for Vancouver as the Canucks had been having trouble doing anything up to that point.

But he wasn’t finished there.

Unfortunately beyond Kassian, the Canucks could not generate any goals which ultimately led to their eventual 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Devils.

Does anyone think Kassian will be back with the Twins Sunday against the New York Islanders? At this point, I would be surprised if he even dresses.

 

4. Zack Kassian or Brandon McMillan?

Depending on how severe Alex Burrows’ lower body injury turns out to be, coach Willie Desjardins may have an interesting decision if Burrows is to return sooner rather than later. Although this shouldn’t be a decision at all. It’s a slam dunk.

I get that Desjardins needed to see McMillan play, but he is clearly having some issues and since the Canucks are currently in the fight of their lives to make the playoffs, it may be time to start trusting that Zack Kassian can get the job done a little better than McMillan.

5. An Interesting Bit of Coaching by Willie Desjardins

It all started with pulling Eddie Lack…with four minutes remaining in the third period and only down by one goal.

That one I don’t really understand at all. The Canucks were pressing and were only losing by a goal. Even pulling the goalie with two minutes remaining is a little extreme.

The Canucks did manage to draw a penalty, which led to another interesting coaching decision:

This Linden Vey situation is getting a little out of hand. Even when Kassian does have a good game, he still doesn’t get the chances Vey does. And Vey has done nothing recently to earn these chances.

Regardless, the first unit couldn’t get anything done. So out comes the second unit.

But wait! Lack is still pulled!

I really don’t understand the logic that Desjardins used in those final minutes of the third period. I’m sure the media will have no problem asking him exactly what he was thinking.

6. Western Conference Standings Update

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With Friday’s loss to the New Jersey Devils, the Canucks missed out on a prime opportunity to gain some separation from the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings who are both aggressively nipping at their heels.

If Vancouver wants to make a serious run at the playoffs this year, they really need to find a way to buck their current trend of winning one game and then losing the next. The Kings suddenly care again and you know the Sharks will most likely pull it together long enough to at least sneak into one of the wild card spots.

I mean, the Sharks won’t go very far in the playoffs, but they will still be taking a valuable spot from a team like the Vancouver Canucks.

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