Canucks vs. Bruins Scoring Chances - Game 5

What a strange game.  Boston held a heavy shot advantage throughout the game and seemed to have extended periods of possession in the Vancouver zone.  They held a slight Corsi advantage, but they couldn't generate any chances at even strength. As I'm writing this, I don't know what the storyline will be but I can guess - Luongo's Redemption.  But the narrative will be, as it so often is, wrong.  Luongo may have made 31 saves, but check out Boston's shot chart from CBS Sportsline:

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I've drawn in the general guideline I use to measure scoring chances, discussed previously here.  The shot on the post was actually a wrap-around attempt by Dennis Seidenberg that wasn't much of a chance at all.  Other than that, the Bruins had seven dangerous shots, and only five at even strength.  Take that in for just a second.  The game wasn't a Luongo redemption, this was a Canucks defense redemption.  They had an outstanding game, blocking shots taken in close and keeping the play to the outside.  Yes, they'll be overshadowed by Luongo and that clown Burrows and his antics, but this game was won by the blueline, Vancouver's supposed weakness.

Scoring Chances - Boston at Vancouver, 6.10.2011

NHL Game Number 30415

Team Totals, Boston in Gold

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 4 2 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 2 4 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 2 5 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 8 11 5 9 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

 

This was an outstanding defensive effort by the Canucks.  Take away the three early power play chances and the Bruins only generated 5 scoring chances.  Settling for shots from the point was the Kings' strategy and it failed miserably.


Scoring Chances by Player - Boston

# Player EV PP SH
11 Gregory Campbell  7:24 1 0 2:17 0 0 3:19 0 0
12 Tomas Kaberle  10:57 1 1 4:08 3 0 0:00 0 1
17 Milan Lucic  15:14 1 4 4:45 3 0 0:00 0 1
19 Tyler Seguin  8:50 1 1 0:12 0 0 0:00 0 0
20 Daniel Paille  5:45 2 0 0:00 0 0 2:44 0 0
21 Andrew Ference  16:44 2 4 3:52 0 0 1:58 0 0
22 Shawn Thornton  4:00 1 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
23 Chris Kelly  13:38 3 3 0:14 0 0 1:30 0 0
28 Mark Recchi  12:26 0 4 2:59 0 0 0:00 0 0
30 Tim Thomas  44:48 5 9 8:00 3 1 6:00 0 1
33 Zdeno Chara  18:56 2 4 4:02 0 1 4:02 0 0
37 Patrice Bergeron  12:31 0 4 4:08 3 1 1:18 0 1
44 Dennis Seidenberg  19:53 2 4 3:58 3 1 3:48 0 1
46 David Krejci  16:46 0 3 4:30 3 0 0:00 0 1
49 Rich Peverley  13:10 3 2 1:29 0 1 1:55 0 0
54 Adam McQuaid  10:30 1 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
55 Johnny Boychuk  16:12 2 5 0:00 0 0 2:12 0 0
63 Brad Marchand  14:37 1 4 0:04 0 0 1:14 0 0
73 Michael Ryder  11:39 2 2 3:22 0 0 0:00 0 0

 

Boston - Best and Worst

Top ES Forward:  Daniel Paille +2

Bottom ES Forward:  Mark Recchi, Patrice Bergeron -4

Top ES Defenseman:  Adam McQuaid +1

Bottom ES Defenseman:  Johnny Boychuk  -3

One of my favorite things about NHL coaches is when they run out of ideas on the power play and can't find a way to make their roster effective with a man advantage.  To a man, every one of them turns to the biggest guy on the bench and says "Go stand in front of the net."  Craig MacTavish did it with a whole bunch of players.  Peter Deboer put Darcy Hordichuk in front in Florida.  Dan Bylsma tried his hand with Aaron Asham.  They are all seeking the "net front presence" (worst new hockey word of the last two years, by the way) that the intermission panels often speak of.  It never works.  Never.  The power play is about possession and puck movement and giant lumbering oafs contribute to neither.  When the penalty killers don't have to pay attention to the GLO, the power play becomes a 4v4.  Julien has tried this with Zdeno Chara to no avail.  Tonight he tried it with Greg Campbell.  It didn't work.  Let me say this:  if Greg Campbell plays over two minutes on the power play, you're losing the game.

Boychuk fans will be happy to see him back at the bottom of the list after a wonderful run at home.

The Krejci line continues to lose the battle at even strength.  I'm interested in seeing the series totals just to see the Krejci line's numbers.

On a positive note, I think, Shawn Thornton wasn't on the bottom of the chance list for once.

 

Scoring Chances by Player - Vancouver

# Player EV PP SH
1 Roberto Luongo  46:00 9 5 6:00 1 3 8:00 1 0
3 Kevin Bieksa  17:44 5 0 2:14 0 1 4:17 1 0
5 Christian Ehrhoff  19:23 3 2 3:49 1 2 1:24 0 0
6 Sami Salo  16:43 3 2 3:50 1 2 3:38 0 0
13 Raffi Torres  11:01 2 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
14 Alexandre Burrows  15:21 2 2 1:28 0 2 3:05 0 0
15 Tanner Glass  5:27 1 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
17 Ryan Kesler  14:28 4 1 4:32 1 1 2:41 1 0
18 Christopher Tanev  12:10 1 3 0:00 0 0 0:05 0 0
20 Chris Higgins  13:12 5 0 1:16 0 0 0:16 0 0
21 Mason Raymond  12:15 5 0 1:30 0 2 2:29 0 0
22 Daniel Sedin  14:40 1 3 4:44 1 0 0:13 0 0
23 Alexander Edler  16:39 5 1 2:07 0 1 4:17 1 0
27 Manny Malhotra  7:31 3 1 0:00 0 0 3:29 1 0
33 Henrik Sedin  15:00 1 4 4:30 1 0 0:04 0 0
36 Jannik Hansen  10:23 0 1 0:00 0 1 3:00 0 0
38 Victor Oreskovich  4:44 1 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
40 Maxim Lapierre  11:49 2 0 0:00 0 0 0:43 0 0
41 Andrew Alberts  9:30 1 2 0:00 0 0 2:19 0 0

 

Vancouver - Best and Worst

Top ES Forward:  Chris Higgins, Mason Raymond +5

Bottom ES Forward:  Henrik Sedin -3

Top ES Defenseman:  Kevin Bieksa +5

Bottom ES Defenseman: Christopher Tanev -2

I'd like for everyone to welcome to the series Ryan Kesler, he had yet to make an appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals, but upon getting his first shot, he really proved himself tonight.

Kevin Bieksa is back with a good partner getting the easy zonestarts and he delivers an excellent performance by the numbers.  Someone is going to buy a bill of goods on July 1.

Alex Burrows once again tallies more dives than scoring chances for, with his dives outpacing his scoring chances 4-2.

 

Head-to-Head Even Strength Scoring Chances

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Kesler finally recovered and posted a good game, mostly at the expense of Bergeron and Boychuk.  Claude Julien's inability to protect Boychuk showed and he was back at the bottom of the pile.  It's also worth noting how well Chara and Seidenberg did against the Sedins.

 

Scoring Chances by Period, Time and Game State

Team Period Time Note BOS VAN State
BOS 1 17:15 Bergeron 12 17 30 37 44 46 1 3 17 23 36
5v4
BOS 1 15:56 Kelly 23 30 33 49 54 63 1 6 14 22 23 33 5v5
VAN 1 14:32 Raymond 21 28 30 37 55 63 1 3 17 20 21 23 5v5
VAN 1 5:36 Malhotra 12 17 30 37 44 46 1 3 17 23 27
5v4
BOS 1 5:05 Bergeron 12 17 30 37 44 46 1 5 6 14 21
5v4
BOS 1 5:04 Bergeron 12 17 30 37 44 46 1 5 6 14 21
5v4
VAN 2 16:39 Oreskovich 12 28 30 37 55 63 1 5 6 15 27 38 5v5
BOS 2 16:10 Ryder 19 23 30 33 44 73 1 14 18 22 33 41 5v5
VAN 2 11:49 Ehrhoff 30 33 37 44 49
1 5 6 17 22 33 4v5
VAN 2 10:23 Higgins 23 30 33 44 63 73 1 3 14 20 21 23 5v5
VAN 2 6:34 Raymond 17 21 23 30 46 55 1 3 17 20 21 23 5v5
VAN 3 17:30 Burrows 19 21 23 30 55 73 1 14 18 22 33 41 5v5
VAN 3 16:47 Higgins 28 30 33 37 44 63 1 5 6 17 20 21 5v5
VAN 3 15:33 Lapierre 17 30 33 44 46 49 1 3 13 23 27 40 5v5
VAN 3 15:26 Goal - Lapierre 17 30 33 44 46 49 1 3 13 23 27 40 5v5
VAN 3 13:53 Higgins 17 21 28 30 37 55 1 5 6 17 20 21 5v5
BOS 3 12:17 Thornton 11 20 21 22 30 55 1 15 18 27 38 41 5v5
BOS 3 3:37 Peverley 12 23 30 44 49 73 1 5 13 18 33 36 5v5
BOS 2 2:42 Lucic 20 21 30 49 55 17 1 5 6 17 22 33 5v5

 

 

 

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