Forty times this season, the Vancouver Canucks scored two goals or less in regulation time.
The last case was on Saturday night, a 3-2 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars on.
It's pretty hard to win if you score only twice – so thanks for that goalie.
Canadians went to 2-0 before, but as they have done in a similar contest in December – Canucks led 1-0 for most of the game – the poor third period allowed the Stars back in the game.
Stars also dominated the game in the second and third periods on Saturday, but Markstroe put in another outstanding performance, making 38 saves on the night.
Canadians got goals from Tim Schaller and Sven Baertschi, while the stars got a goal from Andrew Cogliano and Alex Radulov.
The winning and only goal of the shootout was killed by Markus Granlund.
Here's what we found out …
The goalkeeper could only do so much
Again and again, Markstrom stood tall for the Canucks this season.
He played so well, you can not help but wonder where the Canucks would be this year without him.
This game was one for the file: Great Swede time was some hybrid between Douglas fir and oak.
Stars come to the hard Canucks after falling behind 2-0 in the first. They dominated the second, sending 25 shot attempts even strength goals against Canucks Canucks with 11 attempts at the stars.
It was a similar story in the third, with attempts a shot going 17-9 the way the stars.
Markstrom carried a shutout into the third period, but it was his armor pierced Cogliano, who got a couple of chances to put the puck on the case front, counting after having hooked the puck with feet in Shannon.
Five minutes later, the shot Radulov ball towards Matthias Janmark instead hit with a stick Troy Stecher and removed by Markstrom, who did not have the slightest chance.
It was a tough stretch for the netminder.
He kept the game tied in the waning stages of regulation, making a couple of austerity in the games the last two minutes.
Lovin & # 39; Big D
Tim Schaller has a thing for Dallas, it seems.
He had his first two goals of the season two weeks ago in Dallas.
He got his third goal of the season in the first period on Saturday, sending back hand shot past Anton Khubodin 4:52 in the first period.
He came moments after he attempted a similar shot from along the goal line, but on the opposite side of the net; this attempt puck went through the net.
Jay Beagle extracted loose puck and Schaller finished with a control over it, and was able to continue to yourself is in a position where he was able to put the puck in the net.
Sven Baertschi played only 25 games this year because of a concussion.
In almost all of these games, he made himself noticeable.
On Saturday, he picked up his ninth goal of the season, powered by Stars defender John Klingberg on the right flank, and then firing home a wrist shot through the five holes in Khubodin.
He almost got the second goal in the third period after Brock Boser intercepted the puck in the slot and quietly gave it wide-open Baertschi, who deked with Khubodin on top of the folds, but rang the shooting position.
Oh, this is a drop pass
Despite the fact that this is a very common game input area power game NHL blocks drop pass little tangible item for fans of many Canucks.
Done well, this is a very effective way to create space and add entries to the speed zone A team. Done poorly … well, Canucks fans ready to fill you up.
Given how often it is used in ice hockey at the highest level, it was not surprising that Quinn X & # 39; SW, despite his elite skaters step to make the neutral zone falling passage during a second period power play.
However, the number of fans were not happy to see him and took to social media to share their frustration. Our advice: It will happen again, but this kid knows how to make it useful. It will be good.
Quiet time for Quinn
Quinn X & # 39; SW was quieter night against the star than he did in his debut on Thursday against the Kings.
He did not have a shot on goal in about 15 minutes of playing time. Stars much of a shot Canucks X & # 39; skidded on ice, but it was true for the majority of the Canucks for the night.
He did get some time power plays in the first period, but the first block point man was Alex Edler, who, despite the poor form of the team this season, it seems reasonable: Edler does have 10 goals on the season, four of which come with man advantage.
X Time & # 39; Hughes when the game will be fast enough, and he was getting some ice time in an extra frame, again skating with Elias Pettersson and Brkami Bothner. The crowd roared in approval, and X & # 39; SW did get a good shot off, but he jumped.
Autism awareness night
Topic Arena on Saturday night was all about autism awareness.
Anthem singer, Dylan Okimaw, living with autism; Al Murdoch gave the address of the commenter way as public Ryan Chilton for the starting lineups, and the introduction of small and mascot Okimaw.
Brock Boser Okimaw rolled up after he finished his outstanding issue of the Star Spangled Banner and O Canada, and gave him a fist bump.
Playing in the first intermission of child players from Surrey Stingrays, the team organized by the Canucks Autism Network (CAN).
There were also seven & # 39; and associated with the CAN in the stands. Tuesday World Day of autism spread information.
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