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Vancouver Canucks Beat Minnesota Wild 4-3 Tie Series 1-1

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On Tuesday night, the Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of their Qualifying series to tie the series 1-1. Unlike Game 1, the Canucks stars showed up. Although he only had an assist during the game Elias Pettersson seemed everywhere during the game and – of all things – played a physical game. He drew a number of penalties and was a force. The Wild seemed to be focusing on him and he responded.

Pre-Game Notes:

The Minnesota Wild look to stifle the top guns of the Canucks again and take a 2-0 series lead in this best-of-five. The story from Game 1 was how ineffective the Canucks forwards were in the face of some physical play and Vancouver’s top six forwards — Bo Horvat, Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser, J.T. Miller, Tanner Pearson, and Tyler Toffoli — combined for five shots on goal.

For the Wild, defenseman Jared Spurgeon scored twice and added an assist. Kevin Fiala was all over the ice and will look to continue his strong performance.

Canucks forwards Tyler Toffoli and Adam Gaudette did not play in Game 2 against the Minnesota Wild. Instead, forwards Jake Virtanen and Loui Eriksson played in their place.

Game Notes:

Game 2 was a different game for the Canucks. Although the Wild came back to make the score close by the end of the game, the Canucks scored early and – after the second period – dominated most of the game. Tanner Pearson scored in the first minute of the game and as good as Alex Stalock was in Game 1, he made some great saves but couldn’t keep every puck out.

With two goals in the second period – one by J.T. Miller and the other by Brock Boeser (who probably had more quality chances than any other Canucks forward). Bo Horvat made the score 4-1 early in the third period and the game was over. Within the last three minutes, two goals by the Wild’s Kevin Fiala made the game close, but it never seemed in doubt.

Honestly, when I saw that the Wild outshot the Canucks 35 to 28, I was surprised. It seemed that the Canucks were buzzing all night long and the Wild were not. In the end, Jacob Markstrom allowed a fewer goal than his opponent. One reason the Canucks seemed to be pressuring is that they dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 43 of 68 draws. That gave them the puck possession much of the game.

Next Game Notes:

Game 3 happens on Thursday afternoon. The Canucks lost two players – Micheal Ferland and Antoine Roussel – and there’s no word on whether these players will be back or not. The Wild’s Ryan Hartman was injured in the third period and didn’t return.

 

Final Score

WILD

1-0-0

 

CANCUKS

0-1-0

3

4

 

Scoring Summary:

Period 1

Goal

Assists

0:24 Tanner Pearson (1) Bo Horvat

17: 16 – Luke Kunin (1) (SH) Zach Parise, Ryan Suter

Period 2

Goal

Assists

3:01 – J.T. Miller (1) Unassisted

8:42 – Brock Boeser (1) Elias Petterssen, Alex Edler

Period 3

Goal

Assists

6:22 – Bo Horvat (1) (PP) Quinn Hughes, J.T. Miller

17:31 – Kevin Fiala (2)
Eric Staal, Zach Parise

19:51 – Kevin Fiala (2) Matt Dumba, Eric Staal

 

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