Comebacks fall short in 7-4 loss in VancouverPosted on October 30, 2011
Vancouver fired 43 shots on goal Saturday night, and emerged with a 7-4 victory over the Caps at Rogers Arena Saturday night. A wild night of offense began early as Maxim Lapierre scored his second of the season just 3:31 into the first period to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead. Alex Ovechkin then answered with hard work in close against Roberto Luongo to score his fourth of the season. The goal at 8:55 bounced off Luongo's back and into the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1. But Vancouver would own the rest of the frame, firing a total of 17 shots and scoring two more to take a 3-1 lead. Chris Higgins picked up a power play goal at 13:17 before Alexander Edler took a pass from Sami Salo and also scored on the man advantage. 3-1 Canucks after one at Rogers Arena. Washington turned on the offensive jets in the second period, scoring three times. But despite the comeback, the Caps could not find a way to get a lead. Ovechkin started the three goal outburst pulled the Caps within a goal before Mike Knuble scored on a penalty shot to tie the game at 3-3 at 5:07 of the period. Edler, after picking up his first goal of the season in the first period potted his second goal of the night at the 8:00 minute mark to once again give Vancouver the lead. But a late goal by Marcus Johansson tied the game with a burst of speed up the right side. 4-4 after two periods, and three different comebacks. But three in the third for Vancouver turned the good feelings to bad rather quickly. The Caps go 0 for 2 in western Canada after a 7-4 loss to the Canucks, and now return home to face Anaheim on Tuesday night.