Here is what we learned when Canucks stretched its unbeaten drop of six games (5-0-1) with an impressive 4-2 win.
Coaches see one goal of the game's beauty. Especially if they win.
Commitment to the battle can build a character and comfort level throughout the NHL season – either behind the paint or by protecting one goal lead. It raises trust between each other and above all for the coach.
This was the Vancouver Canucks strategy on Sunday at Rogers Arena.
They met a great job of keeping Dynamic Duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, who had combined 24 points in the previous five games to play pond hockey. They could not get on track that happened with speed cruisers or any younger Edmonton Oilers.
So Travis Green did what he needed to do.
The Canucks coach sacrificed the speed to check with Antoine Roussel and Loui Eriksson with Bo Horvat, while Nikolay Goldob and Jake Virtanen dropped down and concentrated in the middle of Adam Gaudette. No fan friendly, but this was not meant to entertain. It was in the fight.
Here's what we learned when the Canucks stretched their unbeaten drop in six games (5-0-1) with an impressive 4-2 win:
Defense can be the best offense
The defense won the championship in June for the elite and perhaps for the game in December.
It says something when McDavid and Draisaitl, who ranked third and 12th place in a scoring game for 48 and 42 points, were not as shaken during the two seasons, nor did their lineups, 14-goal Alex Chiassonia. Then McDavid set up Chiasson 4:10 left so that it closes before Horvat's empty netter.
It told me more about the Canucks solution because they did not just shut down one of the most dangerous duels in the league for the most part of the night, created opportunities in the heavy field and made what's wrong with the Oilers supermodel – play in their own area.
Earlier information that the closure strategy could work when Eriksson fired a wide 3-on-2 hurry in the transition period during the first period. However, the second season told me. Roussel soon got the chance to force Mikko Koskinen to do his toes. And then with the dominant progression, Horvat had a chance at the top of the slot and Roussel's side.
Roussel drew a little and nine seconds later, Alex Edler's shot fired from Koskinen. And in the third period Roussel broke Wrister's just wide 2-on-1 with Eriksson.
Boeser, Pettersson good bets
Brock Boeser has six goals in five out of five matches and eight out of his last nine.
Think about it and then think about what it means. The trainee did not receive complete training when he recovered from 5 goals. He had a hungry ponytail in October, which turned into an auxiliary carrier and tire blast. Now he puts fear back on the opposition.
Boeser hit a 1-1 draw in the second season, where Canucks surpassed Oilers 15-4, doing their best. His wrist wrist was heavy enough that Koskinen was surprised at speed and could not catch it.
When Boeser returns to health by significantly improved training and without hesitation in releasing shots, he can be an important gear to make the 22th placed power. He finished three points on Sunday.
And then there is Elias Pettersson.
The sensational Rookie was a tough match against Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who had the opening goal of Oilers but his patience paid in the third season. His laser-type, glove-side Power-play wrister gave the Canucks 3-1 lead and gave the Calder Trophy forward four goals in the last six games.
Markstrom sends the correct message
It could have been the beginning of Anders Nilsson.
Back-to-back games usually mean sharing online goals in successive nights, but Green delays its starting point. And that's interesting. You could argue that when Oilers won eight of the last 10 and 9-2-2 when Ken Hitchcock replaced last month's Todd McLellan, Green could want to keep Markstrom shots.
However, Green went out of his bowl because it was a better way to set Markstrom than your starter than to make him shut down Oilers?
Markstrom got into the challenge. He was tested early when he kicked Ryan Spooner, who shot at the slot to give Drake Caggiula an excellent opportunity. But he settled down and received ample help because the Oilers were kept outside most of the night.
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