The Canucks are not deterred as the home side ends up with dramatic losses

VANCOUVER – The worst referee call in the Vancouver Canucks season led to their best penalty kick, which somehow felt quite logical given the team’s unconventional start to the National Hockey League season.

Expected to score, the Canucks instead defend solidly, but get crushed on special teams.

But on Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks, their wet penalty kills were pumped up eventually by an influx of their most talented players, who managed to equalize the match shorthanded, but with the Vancouver net empty, as Elias Pettersson half-waved on a shot that ricocheted through goalkeeper John Gibson with 54.3 seconds left.

Down 2-0 after JT Miller’s own goal – yes, there were several peculiar events in the final 10 minutes of the third period – the Canucks gathered to a point by losing 3-2 in overtime as Troy Terry converted Ryan Getzlaf’s pass on a two-on-one at 3:52.

The Ducks’ redemptive goal came after Gibson made breakaway saves on Miller and Bo Horvat.

So the Canucks got one point as they could not have had anything but almost got two. And that’s also a kind of number in connection with their 2-4-1 home game and 5-6-2 start to the season.

“We played a good game again,” Miller lamented. “It was a good push, but we’re here for two (points), not one. I think you can take very well tonight, though.”

“We had chances in OT to win it,” Pettersson said. “I’m not happy we lost, but I’m glad we at least got a point and we found a way to get back in the fight in the end.”

In the midst of getting back in, after Miller struck a shot through traffic with 6:31 left of regular time to start the comeback, and before Pettersson scored the equalizer, referee Brad Meier made an astonishingly bad penalty call that should have closed an Anaheim victory.

Meier whistled Canucks goalkeeper Jaroslav Halak to stumble with 2:49 left, as it seemed pretty clear to everyone else – and should have been clear to Meier, who had an unobstructed view from the front row – that Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf simply chose tears . and fell several feet beyond Halak.

Vancouver coach Travis Green finally calmed down enough to knock out his most dangerous offensive players as Halak rushed to the bench to allow the Canucks to skate five-on-five.

“Yes, maybe the referee will have it back,” Pettersson said before adding diplomatically, but “it’s easy for us. We can look at replays and the referee just has to call in a split second. That’s what it is. We do all errors. “

Canucks assassins have earned more than anyone else.

When Ducks defender Cam Fowler shot through a screen and into the top corner of Halak to make it 1-0 at 11:18 in the first period of Anaheim’s first powerplay, it was the ninth time in just 14 chances over four-plus- matches that the Canucks were burned while shorthanded.

In a game in which Anaheim was poorly played out in a row and surpassed 43-30 overall, the Ducks ended up with four of the six powerplay. The Canucks killed the final three, adding the positive star of Pettersson’s shorthanded goal in the last minute.

The Canucks’ 31st-ranked penalty kills have been cruel – so bad that it obscures most of the good things Vancouver has done.

By being scored at once out of four chances on Tuesday, Vancouver’s success rate was actually “improved” to 65 percent.

That’s why the Canucks are opening a challenging three-game, four-night road trip on Thursday in Denver with just 12 points from 13 games instead of 16 or 18 points. That’s why Vancouver are three points from a playoff spot four weeks into their season.

“I don’t think we sit and feel like we’re close to going out of the deep end or anything,” Miller said. “We have played well. We have to keep evaluating ourselves honestly. And honestly, we played another good hockey game.

“We still have things to take care of on special teams … but I think they will come. We have to stay on the same side five-on-five and trust that if we play like this, “We want more nights than not getting four, five, maybe six goals. We defend very well. We create our chances from a good defense and it’s just a matter of time.”

The Canucks could use more bounces that Pettersson got on his equalizer, or especially as the Ducks got on their second goal when the return from Halak’s save on Isac Lundestrom bounced off both of Miller’s legs and back over the goal line.

“We would definitely take one of them, no doubt,” Miller said. “But it was pretty great afterwards. It’s easy to sit and toot, feel sorry for ourselves because it does not go our way after we play a pretty good game. But we found a way to get a point.”

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