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Game #11 – Vancouver Canucks (6-5) @ Winnipeg Jets (5-3) – game recap

After sweeping the hapless Ottawa Senators and outscoring them 16-3, the Canucks opened a crucial 6-game road trip in Winnipeg, where they haven’t won since 1996. That team is now the Arizona Coyotes. Against the current Winnipeg Jets franchise, the Canucks are a dismal 6-15. For whatever reason, the Canucks just haven’t matched up well vs the Jets. The Canucks come into this tilt healthy, which certainly helped their chances of winning tonight. I know that the three game winning streak vs. Ottawa was against, well, Ottawa. But still, every bit of confidence helps. Another big factor that wasn’t in play was the fans. Winnipeg possesses one of the loudest arenas and that gives them a huge home advantage. The Canucks also didn’t have to face Pierre-Luc Dubois tonight, as he is still completing his mandatory 14-day quarantine in a Winnipeg hotel. The Canucks went with the same lineup as Thursday, expect Thatcher Demko was back in net. Could the Canucks make it 4 wins in a row and snap the ten game losing streak vs. the Jets? Here is tonight’s game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Canucks opened the scoring 29 seconds into the game on a beautiful centering feed by Alex Edler to a wide open Brock Boeser, who beat Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck with a backhand deke
  • Ninety-four seconds later, the Jets tied the game off a quick wrister off the draw by Mason Appleton, who beat Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko far side
  • Just over 6 minutes later, Nils Hoglander displayed some brilliant hand-eye coordination to bat the puck by Hellebuyck.
  • The Canucks added a goal just under seven minutes into the 2nd period as Zack MacEwen tipped a Jordie Benn Howitzer past Hellebuyck
  • The Canucks added an empty-netter with two minutes left in the game. Boeser took advantage of a broken stick slowing the puck down and wired it home
  • Thatcher Demko stopped 23/24 shots
  • Final score: Canucks 4 Jets 1

My Take:

  • Finally, the Canucks beat the curse and sent the Winnipeg Jets to defeat. It took a strong team effort and playing hard for 60 minutes. In the second and third periods combined, the Canucks outshot the Jets 31-11. The constant pressure forced the Jets to turn the puck over 15 times
  • The most important part of this win is that it occurred in regulation time. With the Canucks having played more games than the rest of the teams in the division, the Canucks can’t afford to give their opponents any extra points
  • The win also put the Canucks above .500 for the first time  since opening night.
  • Brock Boeser had the hot hands tonight with a pair of goals. Like Petey, Brock is finding his form after a rough start to the season
  • The Canucks won 55% of the draws, led by Tyler Motte, who won every draw he took. Adam Gaudette (67% success rate), JT Miller (67% success rate), Brandon Sutter (64% success rate), Jay Beagle (60% success rate) and Bo Horvat (50% success rate) also had good nights in the faceoff circle
  • The Canucks outhit the Jets 14-10, led by Tyler Motte, who banged out 4 hits
  • The Canucks blocked 12 shots, led by Hoglander and Tyler Myers, who both blocked a pair of shots
  • Up next, the Canucks head to Montreal where they will try to exact some revenge on the Habs, who won 2/3 in the first mini series between the teams two weeks ago. Priority one will be checking Tyler Toffoli, who absolutely torched his former teammates, including a hat trick. Expect the Canucks to keep icing the same lineup, barring injury, as long as this win streak continues. The Canucks will also probably stick with Demko, unless there’s a back-to-back situation.
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