Goal Box

BRANDON SUTTER, CANUCKS — STOP AND GO, FOOT ON THE CLUTCH

2017-02-18T11:03:11+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Exclude From Main Feed, Goal Box|

BRANDON SUTTER, Canucks
STOP AND GO, FOOT ON THE CLUTCH
  • Wrist Shot
  • Right Circle (Middle, Outside Dot)
  • Goaltender Pulled
  • Final Minute
  • Third Period

The Canucks were into their 59th minute against Nashville without having put a goal on the board. But that was sort of OK because the Predators had only one themselves.

With their net empty, the Canucks found themselves, surprisingly, on a 3-on-2 break entering the Nashville zone. But the three were bunched together at the blue line, all on the right side of the Predators end.

Sven Baertschi realized that little separation from the two Nashville defenders was likely, so he sent the puck to Brandon Sutter on the outside of the break, near the boards. The two Predator defenders peeled off to cover the two other Vancouver skaters. So Sutter got creative.

As he hit the faceoff dot, still well to the outside of it, he abruptly pulled up and dragged his lead leg back so he could square his body for a shot and drift a little to the center of the zone to gain some precious inches for his shooting angle.

And then he let loose a sharp wrist shot, which Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne couldn’t quite squeeze with his pads.

Though the Predators lost the point for the moment, they gained it back in overtime, turning the tables on Vancouver when Calle Jarnkrok scored a shorthanded goal with just 1.5 seconds remaining.

1/10/2017 vs. Nashville.
Highlight available at NHL.com.