The Vancouver Canucks managed to pull off a late game win after Tim Schaller scored the opening goal, but it was almost lost if not for Jacob Markstrom.
Schaller scored Vancouver’s first goal in the opening minute of the first period, his first with the Vancouver Canucks, and before the night was through, Schaller scored his second goal midway through the first to put Vancouver up 2-0. Commenting on his two goals, Schaller said,
“It’s not been all roses for me this year, but I’ve been working hard so I definitely deserve it.”
As the second period was coming to a close, Dallas scored to make it 2-1 and tied the game with 3:52 remaining in the third. With the Canucks unable to score in the final minutes, the Stars forced the game into overtime.
The overtime period went scoreless, and that forced the game into a shootout. Josh Leivo scored for the Canucks in the shootout to give Vancouver the win. Yet, had Jacob Markstrom not been on top o his game last night, the Canucks would not have come out with the result they did.
Markstrom managed to rack up 44 saves last night, the most he has had in a single game all season. His stopping of Dallas’s top scorers in the shootout made the difference, and that included Alexander Radulov, Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Roope Hintz. Commenting on Dallas, Markstrom said,
“It’s almost personal when it’s a goalie against a shooter. They’ve got a couple moves that you know are their go-to moves. You can’t have that in your mind because then you’re screwed if they do something else.”
Taylor Fedun and Jamie Benn scored for the Dallas Stars, and goaltender Anton Khudobin made 25 saves. Dallas, who has earned the first Western Conference wild card spot continue to sit two points being the St. Louis Blues.
Schaller was instrumental in the Canucks success last night, with both coming after battles over the puck. The first came 52 seconds into the first, the second midway through the first. His second goal was the result of Brock Boeser gaining control of the puck, then passing it to Elias Pettersson, who passed it to Schaller, who stated in post-game interviews,
I literally just got on the ice, and Petterson saw me and made a pretty nice pass to me. I just wanted to hit the net, and it went in.”
Schaller joined Vancouver in late March and had yet to score so far this season, including the 50 plus games played while he was with Boston. Schaller had played 214 games in his NHL career and scored 23 goals
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