In Game 2 the Calgary Flames fell 4-1 to the Vancouver Canucks due to a dismal start. Just seven minutes and five seconds into the game, as the Canucks took a 2-0 lead, the shot attempts were 13-2 in their favour. Simply put, the Flames weren't moving their legs and as a result their stretch game broke down, resulting in more turnovers than anything else.
Calgary had a solid second period, out-attempting, out-shooting, and out-chancing Vancouver, but they were unable to score. The third period was closely played, but a blown coverage in the slot left Ronalds Kenins wide open. The Latvian made no mistake and buried his first career playoff goal, putting the Canucks up 3-0 and the game out of reach.
The Shot Chart
Team Stats by Period - 5v5
|1st Period||Shot Attempts||Shots on Goal||Scoring Chances|
As in the Game 1 Stats Recap, we'll take a look at player contribution numbers. There are three types of contribution stats:
The Calgary Flames at Even-Strength
Johnny Gaudreau contributed to the most shot attempts, and he, Matt Stajan, and Dennis Wideman each contributed to 2 scoring chances.
Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler under-performed, finishing towards the bottom of the pack in terms of SA-Co/20. Let's hope these guys aren't too banged up.
Brandon Bollig finished with an amazing 15.67 SA-Co/20, highest of any player. This number would be more impressive if the shots weren't consistently low quality, but hey, at least he's playing in the offensive zone. This helped his SAT% (i.e. Corsi) which was a team-best 75%.
Sam Bennett was a non-factor. It looked like he got hurt on a couple occasions, but he managed to stay in the game. He finished with 9 minutes and 31 seconds of ice-time.
The Vancouver Canucks at Even Strength
Daniel and Henrik Sedin made their presence felt, having the two best SA-Co/20 on the team. Henrik set up Daniel to kick off the scoring 3 minutes into the game.
Radim Vrbata and Chris Higgins contributed to a lot of shots but few scoring chances, a trend we also saw in Game 1.
Bo Horvat is surprisingly dangerous offensively. He contributed to 3 scoring chances, the same as Henrik Sedin, but in only 12 minutes of ice-time.
This stats recap wouldn't be complete without some penalty stats. According to NHL.com a total of 166 penalty minutes were handed out including 10 game misconducts given to Weber, Richardson, Matthias, Dorsett, and Hamhuis on the Canucks side, and Bollig, Wideman, Ferland, Engelland, and Stajan on the Flames side.
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