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Game #46 Vancouver Canucks (25-17-4) @ Minnesota Wild (20-19-6) – game recap

After a solid 60-minute effort yesterday in Buffalo, the Canucks were right back at it today in Minnesota with a second straight matinee (3PM start local time). Brock Boeser was surely pumped as he was playing in front of father Duke and other family and friends who went to the game. Boeser’s dad Duke nearly lost his life in the summer after being diagnosed with cancer. The Wild came into today’s game 5th in the WC standings, 6 points back of the Canucks, who were in the second wild card spot heading into play today. The Canucks went with the same lineup as yesterday, including Jacob Markstrom in net. Could the Canucks make it 2 in a row? Here is today’s game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Canucks opened the scoring just over nine minutes into the 2nd period as Elias Pettersson tipped home a point shot by Quinn Hughes for a PP marker
  • Just over two and a half minutes later, the Wild tied the game as Marcus Foligno was johnny on the spot to jam home a rebound past Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom
  • Thirteen seconds later, Bo Horvat found the loose puck in the crease and jammed it home past Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk
  • Seventy-two seconds later, Troy Stetcher wired one home from the point
  • The Canucks added an empty-netter with six seconds left in the game with Horvat firing it home
  • Jacob Markstrom stopped 23/24 shots
  • Final score: Canucks 4 Wild 1

My Take:

  • This was a penalty-filled game right from the get-go with thirteen power plays combined (8 for the Canucks and 5 for the Wild). Unfortunately, the Canucks power play looked out of sync much of the night, chasing the puck back in their end. They even allowed a scoring opportunity just as a penalty expired
  • It was another solid defensive effort for the Canucks, who held the Wild to 24 shots on the night. Jacob Markstrom was there when needed, included making a series of saves in the final 2 minutes with the Wild net empty. Markstrom continues to show why he was chosen to replace Marc-Andre Fleury in the all-star game
  • Brock Boeser had a relatively quiet game, playing in front of his dad. The Canucks winger had one shot on goal, a blocked shot and a forced turnover.
  • The Canucks won 60% of the draws, led by Jake Virtanen, who won every draw he took. JT Miller (73% success rate), Jay Beagle (69% success rate) and Adam Gaudette (60% success rate) also had good nights in the faceoff circle
  • The Canucks landed 6 hits with Miller, Oscar Fantenberg, Chris Tanev, Alex Edler, Troy Stetcher and Tyler Myers each landing a hit
  • The Canucks blocked 16 shots, led by Edler, who had 4 blocked shots
  • Up next, the Canucks wrap up the road trip with a tilt in Winnipeg, where the Canucks will look to snap a nine-game losing skid vs. the Jets. Their last win was December 20, 2016 in Vancouver. Their last win in Winnipeg came March 12, 2014. If ever there is a game set up for the Canucks to snap this drought, it might be Tuesday. The Canucks are red hot, the Jets are reeling. Of course, the Canucks will likely be tired with the end of a lengthy road trip. Maybe Jacob Markstrom on his game will be the difference.
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