After scoring two goals in the first period, the Vancouver Canucks escaped with a 2-1 win over Toronto. The Leafs started this game slow which proved to be costly as the Canucks capitalize on the poor play with goals from Markus Granlund and Alex Edler. Once the Leafs fell behind 2-0 that's when they started to play with some push back, led by Auston Matthews who could have had four goals if the bounces went his way. Frederik Andersen who was announced as NHL’s second star of November, was not tested much making 24 saves and was just average in last night’s game. Andersen was hands down outplayed by Jacob Markstrom who stole Vancouver their fourth win at home this season. Prior to puck drop, the Canucks honoured Daniel Sedin after he recorded his 1000 career point on Thursday night. He joins his brother Henrik as the only two Canucks to reach that mark in franchise history. They both added an assist on Alex Edler’s goal with some vintage Sedin passing. Despite not seeing a goal scored in close to two periods, this game was highly entertaining. The Leafs created multiple scoring opportunities but ran into a hot goalie. This game saw scoring chances, suburb goaltending, fast paced action and was one of the more close and completive games on Saturday night, which is why it was a 4/5 on the Watchability scale.
Performance of the Night:
Jacob Markstrom clearly stood out from the rest of the players in this game and has earned the Performance of the Night. After serving as Anders Nilsson’s backup in the last two game, Markstrom got the start and send a clear message to Travis Green and the rest of the coaching staff that he deserves to be between the pipes. Markstrom carried the Canucks for all but the first 10 minutes of the game, making 35 saves in his best game this season.