Points to ponder on the ripple effect of a deadline deal, an awakening power play, a Nikolay Goldobin tease and Luke Schenn’s presence in a 4-0 blanking of the Ducks on Monday at Rogers Arena:Horvat knows the potential in PearsonBo Horvat isn’t wired to whine.That’s why it wasn’t an outcry when the Canucks centre was asked just prior to the NHL trade deadline about the difficulty of playing with revolving wingers and at least three dozen line combinations this season. It was simply the truth.“It’s tough — I’m not going to lie,” the future captain said before scoring twice Monday to hit a career-high 23 goals with four shots and eight attempts. “It’s tough to find chemistry with guys and I’ve still been able to produce. It’s tough knowing where everyone is going to be when you just play with guys a couple of shifts here and a couple of shifts there. “You always want to play with great players and help your team offensively and be great at both ends of the rink. It would be great to have a top-six player to play with for sure.”Not sure Tanner Pearson qualifies as the one-man wave by Horvat. Time will tell. However, the swap that sent under-achieving Erik Gudbranson to the Pittsburgh Penguins before the noon deadline for a 26-year-old left winger in Pearson, who scored 24 goals two seasons ago with the Los Angeles Kings, is about the present and the future.It’s also about Pearson re-kindling his game after just nine goals in 44 games with the Penguins and Horvat getting some needed help.There is also history between the two that might pay off. Horvat played his first OHL season with London against Pearson and got an easy glimpse of the budding Barrie star, who became a first-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 and won the Stanley Cup two years later.“Watching that Cup final and how good he was and how good (Tyler) Toffoli, (Jeff) Carter and him were, I think he can bring that aspect here as well,” added Horvat. “He has been there and been in the tough situations in top-six roles and it’s great to add that to our group. He has a lot of upside and we’re happy to have him.”And happy to have management act to address a pressing need.“They knew what we needed to add and today was big,” said Horvat.The left side has been a mess between the often-injured Sven Baertschi, often-confusing Nikolay Goldobin, marginal Markus Granlund and Loui Eriksson. Antoine Roussel has been best of the bunch and that’s why there’s been a roll of the dice on Ryan Spooner, who played one of his better games Monday.It’s also why Goldobin is far from safe as a restricted free agent and possible offseason trade chip and why the club will take hard looks at other RFAs in Josh Leivo, Tyler Motte and Granlund.Is Goldobin going to finally get it?The Russian winger wanted to know what time the trade deadline ended Monday. He had no idea it was noon, but he was a more than curious.“Who knows what’s going to happen?,” he said following the morning skate. “I want to stay here. I got traded once before, but who knows about the future? I know there are not a lot of games left, but I need to have patience in my game to create chances — that’s what I’m best at.”Goldobin knows what’s going to keep him here. Decisions with and without the puck have been hammered into him in practice and via video because there’s another side to his game that teases.He snapped a first-period wrist shot from the slot and beat Kevin Boyle to the stick side and off both posts for his seventh goal and first in eight games. He then drifted from his defensive-zone check in the same frame. Goldobin then just missed off a spirited rush in the third period and finished with two shots and six attempts.And he kept playing — instead of warming the bench — and logged 14:23.“Usually, I don’t play the last 15 minutes and I played the whole game almost and I’m glad I had the confidence and trust from the coaches — I go hard in every scenario and I hope he (Travis Green) likes it,” said Goldobin. “I like the organization and it just feels like home. You always have barriers in your life, but who is strongest and continues to work hard is going to succeed in life.”If Goldobin keeps doing as he’s told, he won’t have to worry about another left winger in the fold.“On my goal, I was thinking to pass but the coach showed me a video that I shoot high all the time and I just shoot lower,” he said.Green noticed. “Goldy and I chatted and I showed him a clip and he always wants to shoot to that top side a lot. Nice to see him get one and maybe he’ll listen to other clips I show him.”Power play finally finds simple wayHorvat nailed it before the first puck drop.“We’ve got to be simple with the puck,” Horvat said of a power play that was 0-for-11 the previous three games, 1-for-21 the last seven and 4-for-57 (seven per cent efficiency) before scoring on the second chance Monday. “We’re too cute and slow with our movement. We have to move it (puck) and get guys going.”And they did.With Brock Boeser in the bumper slot spot — instead of the face-off dot — and Horvat as the down-low presence, there were bodies where they needed to be to jam the net. And when Horvat rotated to the side of the net, he took a Boeser feed for the tap-in.“We had different looks and guys were working hard,” added Horvat. “That doesn’t happen if Boeser doesn’t have that second effort on the half wall and he obviously made a great play to get the puck to me.It gave the Canucks a rare three-goal cushion and came after a Spooner point shot hit the crossbar. It would have been a talking point if they didn’t generate offence.Playmaker Pettersson proves a pointIt was suggested to Elias Pettersson that he should be more selfish with the puck to prop up the league’s 27th-ranked offence. Why not just let that laser wrister or one-timer fly more often, especially with a 23 per cent goal rate?He responded by setting up the first goal by drawing attention and feeding Goldobin and then started the passing sequence on Horvat’s power-play effort.“Sometimes, I think I could have shot it if I had a good chance, but I see myself more of a passer than a shooter,” said Pettersson, who didn’t have a shot or an attempt against the Ducks. “Maybe sometimes I should have been more selfish, but the game is quick out there and I’m always looking to pass.”Markstrom easily plucks the DucksJacob Markstrom was forced to make a tough glove save off Nick Ritchie in the opening moments. That was about it.The league’s lowest-scoring team came as advertised. The Ducks took the majority of their shots from a distance and their forays around the net were far and few between. It allowed Markstrom to record his first shutout of the season and third of his career with a 29-save effort.“Big win,” he said. “We got the goals we wanted and I thought we played good for 60 minutes and it showed on the board. It was how we played defensively. We didn’t let them get inside too much. We did a good job on the forecheck and coming back and helping out.”Schenn makes a seamless debutLuke Schenn played just eight games for the Ducks earlier this season before being demoted to the AHL and then acquired by the Canucks in the Michael Del Zotto swap. At age 29, he’s with his fifth NHL club and maybe that had a lot to do with stepping in and not looking out of place Monday.
Max Jones loses his helmet after being rocked by Luke Schenn on Monday.
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“There were things I had to go through and getting sent to the minors this late in my career and I’m hoping it was the best thing for me,” he said. “A lot of friends and family keep you going in situations like this. I really wanted to give it one more chance and work my way back and luckily Vancouver gave me an opportunity. It’s one game and it felt good to get the first one out of the way.The coach certainly took notice.“Impressive. I haven’t seen him a lot and I thought he was simple, solid and moved the puck well and closed on guys hard and was good around our net,” Green said of Schenn, who was pressed into duty with the Gudbranson trade and responded with three shots, six attempts and four hits.“He’s been around a while and hungry to play. We had a good talk this morning about his role and to be patient and he was on board.”Added Markstrom: “You know what you’re going to get. No nerves. He played easy and he played hard and made my life easier. He was vocal, too, and that helped the other guys.”firstname.lastname@example.org/benkuzma