DENVER – The impressive shot of Vancouver Canucks was Wednesday to force a goal to tie, his 3-2 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche was another torpedo to the helmet of his hopes of sunken playoffs.
The good news is that the National Hockey League team believes that all analysts and meteorologists predicted that the Canucks had disappeared and would not compete just as they did here, where they beat a bad start against an upside rival, they were rescued by goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom and came within a goal of fouls or saved from winning.
Instead of that, after the center of Canucks, Bo Horvat missed the opportunity to cover him, and the avalanche Mikko Rantanen extended the shooting into a forced rush, Carl Soderberg won him by Colorado in the sixth round of the skill competition when his shot fired at the glove and off Markstrom.
Markstrom, who was magnificent in a 43-save performance, also got a piece of the record in the Rantanen goal when the Avalanche moved to the final wildcard playoff at the West Conference, five points higher than the Canucks.
Even before the defeat, Hockey Reference.com wrote down the possibilities of playoffs of the Canucks by 7.8 percent. That's a lot less than the odds were three weeks ago, before the 3-6-3 decline of Vancouver. But there are about seven percentage points better than anyone when it started this season.
"Tonight was a good example, we never stopped," said Canucks defender Alex Biega. "We are still walking. It was not the best we would like to play in certain areas, but we kept it.
"Every point matters now. We have another divisional opponent on the morning of the morning in Arizona and we have to win. That's just the bottom line. In this road trip, we have to start a race here. It is an indispensable victory for us. "
The Arizona Coyotes are two points ahead of the Canucks in the playoff race, three drifting from the avalanche, which is 5-0-1 in their last six games.
Canucks coach Travis Green did not appoint his goalkeeper for the second game of Vancouver in 24 hours, but Thatcher Demko's recovery, which did not play from the knee at the warming in Philadelphia on February 4, declared a start-up list .
Markstrom, beaten in the regulation time only by Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon for long periods of long distance, after soft players within the blue line on the part of Canucks forwards Ryan Spooner and Markus Granlund have already played the two sides of the games ahead four times this season
I needed a little more help on Wednesday, but that is the case with the Canucks.
Vancouver achieved a tie goal with 3:02 remaining in the regulation time in a well-executed playoff. Josh Leivo hit a semi-finals against the goalkeeper of Colorado, Semyon Varlamov, over the circle after Horvat won a confrontation, and Alex Biega and Spooner connected in passes when Leivo rotated in a firing position.
Think of the three players in the scoreboard at the end of the third period of what was a playoff game for Vancouver: Leivo, claimed the exemptions of Toronto in December; Biega, a healthy risk for most of this season and playing just because top defenders Alex Edler and Chris Tanev are injured; and Spooner, a child recovery project that was purchased from Edmonton Oilers two weeks ago.
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"I've been here for four games and I think the group knows that we are a playoff team, which we can be," said Spooner. "That said, the first period that killed us tonight. We had a couple lazy moves in the blue line, which had one of them. This time of the year, these can cost them and they made themselves tonight. But as a group, since I was here, things were very positive. It was nice to see. "
The Canucks were outshot 17-8 in the first period despite having six minutes of power play time. That weakness in his game cost them again on Wednesday when the power game ended 0-5 while the Avalanche was 1 for 3 with the extra player.
"It's the NHL and everything can happen in this league," said Nikolay Goldobin, the end of the Canucks, after another strong match. "I know we're six or seven playoff points, but we've got three consecutive wins … we're back. We have to keep working hard and reach that point."
"Everyone is there," said Leivo. "We just have to follow."
The Canucks still do not have some things. The determination is not one of them.