Canucks suffer frustrating Game 2 loss to Predators

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Here’s hoping the Vancouver Canucks got all of their bad luck out in one day.

After losing both Thatcher Demko and Tyler Myers prior to the game, the Canucks also lost Game 2 to the Nashville Predators 4-1 at Rogers Arena.

The series is now tied 1-1. Game 3 takes place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Friday at 4:30 pm.

Every loss is frustrating, but this one brought forth another level of pain. That’s largely because the Canucks had a number of glorious opportunities where they failed to score.

Pius Suter missed an open net on a tap in early in the third period. Dakota Joshua had an open net during a scramble in the crease shortly thereafter.

However, Elias Pettersson’s open net miss was the most frustrating of them all. On a late first period power play, Pettersson missed an open net on a one-timer.

That play encapsulated what was a frustrating night all around for the Canucks.

Pettersson also had another glorious chance to score on the power play later in the game. In the second period, he tipped a J.T. Miller slap pass that beat Predators goaltender Juuse Saros, but not the post.

DeSmith chant backfires

Canucks fans brought the energy once again at the beginning of Game 2.

With news that Demko was out and backup Casey DeSmith was starting, Canucks fans broke out in a “Let’s Go Casey” chant in the first minute of the game.

It was a nice thought. However, it certainly wasn’t the start that DeSmith envisioned.

While the crowd was chanting “Let’s Go Casey,” former Canuck forward Anthony Beauvillier tipped a harmless-looking shot from Filip Forsberg on goal, which fooled DeSmith and went into the net.

More to come…