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Playoff game #3 Vancouver Canucks (2-1) @ Minnesota Wild (1-2) – game recap

After hanging on to edge the Wild to even their best-of-5 qualifier round series less than 48 hours, the Canucks were back at it, looking to take the series lead and put the Minnesotans on the brink of elimination. The Canucks were the “road” team today after having last change as the home team the first 2 games of the series. Michael Ferland has left the bubble and returned home after he appeared to suffer yet another concussion. He will miss the remainder of this series and be reevaluated next week. Antoine Roussel was also forced to leave last game early after having a puck deflect up and hit him in the face. He was back in the lineup today. Adam Gaudette and Tyler Toffoli remain unfit to play. Zack MacEwen saw his first career postseason action. Could the Canucks take the series lead? Here is today’s game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Canucks opened the scoring just under 14 minutes into the 2nd period as Brock Boeser was johnny on the spot to backhand home a rebound past Wild goalie Alex Stalock for a PP marker
  • The Canucks added a goal just over 2 minutes into the 2nd period as Antoine Roussel got behind the Wild defense and snapped it past Stalock
  • Just over 16 minutes later, Elias Petterson finished off a 2-on-1 rush to seal the game
  • Jacob Markstrom stopped all 27 shots he faced for his 1st career postseason shutout
  • Final score: Canucks 3 Wild 0

My Take:

  • The Canucks played a full 60 minute game for the first time this series, holding the Wild to 27 shots, while blocking a whopping 22 shots.
  • Jacob Markstrom was excellent tonight, exhibiting great rebound control and being in perfect position to turn away the Wild chances. This was his best game of the series by far
  • Brandon Sutter had his best game of the series, looking engaged and into the game
  • The Canucks are still taking too many penalties, especially Tyler Myers, who found himself in the penalty box three times today.
  • The power play was the difference in the game, striking twice in seven tries
  • The Canucks won 46% of the draws, led by Brock Boeser, who won every draw he took. JT Miller (64% success rate) and Bo Horvat (50% success rate) also had good nights in the faceoff circle
  • The Canucks banged out 21 hits, led by Miller, Zack MacEwen and Myers, who each had 3 hits
  • The Canucks blocked 22 shots, led by Tyler Motte, who blocked 7 shots
  • Up next, the Canucks attempt to finish off the series tomorrow night. If they play like they did the last 2 games, they’ll be looking ahead to the quarterfinals and the Wild will be packing their bags and leaving the bubble.
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