The Vancouver Canucks dropped their preseason opener to the San Jose Sharks by a score of 3-2. Brendan Gaunce and Hunter Shinkaruk scored for the Canucks while Joe Pavelski, John McCarthy, and Tommy Wingels scored for the Sharks.
» Kesler led all players on both teams playing 26:26.
» Head coach John Tortorella will like this: 21 blocked shots for his team. The Canucks blocked an average of 11 shots a game last season.
» Andrew Alberts dropped the gloves against Matt Pelech after the Sharks forward delivered what appears to be a shoulder-to-the-head hit. “Regular season” Alberts probably doesn’t drop the gloves on this play, but he is in a fight for a spot in the lineup on opening night. Good on Alberts for standing up for himself, but he didn’t fare too well in the scrap. He should stick to playing physical and letting that do the talking.
The six minutes in penalties for Alberts probably have fans reminiscing about the 2010 incarnation of Alberts when he was just a penalty magnet after being acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes at the trade deadline.
» You see the offensive upside from Henrik Tommernes both on the stats sheet (2 assists) and how he handles/moves the puck in-game. He will need to add bulk for the NHL game without a question.
» Little is known about Pascal Pelletier since he has spent the past three seasons in the National League A (Switzerland). He was surprisingly good showing speed and poise with the puck. Showed a willingness to play the body. Looks like will be a good depth option for the Canucks this upcoming season.
» 2011 first rounder Nicklas Jensen had a quiet game. He seemed to fight the puck throughout the night and did not generate much—if any—offense.
» The refereeing complaints from Canucks fans are already in fine mid-season form on Twitter.
Some things just never change. Sharks getting 2 man advantage hahahhaha. Still can’t win without officiating.
— Henry (@FaithInMyHart) September 17, 2013
Next up for the Canucks is a matchup with the Oilers Wednesday night. Make sure to grab Canucks tickets here if you’re interested in going.