Vancouver Canucks tame Minnesota Wild to qualifying series


EDMONTON – JT MillerThe Vancouver Canucks’ goal and assist led the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night in their qualifying streak to one win apiece.Tanner Pearson, Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat also scored for the Canucks, with Jacob Markstrom achieving a performance of 32 saves for the win.

Kevin Fiala had two goals and Luke Kunin scored the other for Minnesota. Wild starter Alex Stalock made 24 saves in the loss.

Game three is Thursday when the lowest-ranked Minnesota make the home team for the first time in the series.

Defender Matt Dumba continued to raise his right fist on the Wild’s bench through pre-game anthems to draw attention to racism and social injustice.

Standing behind Dumba, teammate Jonas Brodin put his hand on Dumba’s shoulder in support on Tuesday.

Vancouver moved the puck with more authority than in a 3-0 loss to open the series on Sunday.

The Canucks placed 20th of 24 teams in combined playoff experience (480) heading into the postseason. Minnesota (609) placed 16th.

Attackers Jake Virtanen and Loui Eriksson replaced Tyler Toffoli and Adam Gaudette in the Vancouver roster for Game 2.

Minnesota went scoreless on six power-play occasions, while Vancouver went 1 for 7.

Canucks winger Antoine Roussel took a deflection in the head that caused blood to flow five minutes into the third period.

Fiala scored at 5:32 pm and eight seconds to go, beating Markstom with high wrist thrusts in both cases.

Minnesota took consecutive minors in the middle of the third.

Horvat succeeded on one, putting his staff on a Quinn Hughes Skim shot from the point to beat Stalock’s glove at 6:22.

Vancouver took a 3-1 lead at 8:42 of a second. Boeser crashed into a Elias Pettersson rebound that Stalock couldn’t control.

Markstrom stoning one all alone Eric Steel in the slot preserved Vancouver’s 2-1 lead early in the second period.

Miller scored Vancouver’s second goal on a solo effort at 3:04.

He skated the puck out of the Minnesota zone, dragged the puck back and beat Stalock’s top corner with a quick release from inside the top of the face-off circle.

Kunin scored shorthanded with 2:44 left in the opening period to tie the Wild. Zach Parise dealt the puck to Kunin from the far boards and Kunin beat Markstrom with a wrist shot.

Kunin was fined US $ 1,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct in the first game. He had punched Vancouver’s leg. Micheal Ferland du banc du Wild.

Kunin fought back for his teammate sitting with Ferland Ryan Hartman sitting on the bench. Ferland was fined $ 5,000.

Pearson scored on the first shot of the Vancouver game just 24 seconds after dropping the puck.

He took advantage of a beneficial rebound on the boards, blocking the puck and passing Stalock’s glove from the top of the face-off circle.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 4, 2020.


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