The Canucks are frustrated, captain Bo Horvat admitted. “We played, in my opinion, and probably a lot of guys’ opinion, as good a 60 minutes that we played all year and we just can’t find a way to to get a win, ” he said. “That’s where experience has to come in, leadership and we’ve got to find a way to dig deep to try and get that over the hump right now, ” he added. “It sucks right now. ” Demko was mad he couldn’t get to the tying goal, even if was a fabulous deflection at the side-net by Mats Zuccarello. “I got hope on every play, so I expect myself to make that save, ” he said.
The Wild had a bunch of pressure but other than the power play, couldn’t connect. • Wild get a power play and after Tyler Myers’ stick is broken by a shot, the Wild played smartly. Horvat gave Myers his stick, but of course it’s the wrong handedness and also pretty short for the giant defenceman. Anyway, the wild scored and it’s 3-3 again. Also: The Wild pulled the goalie on the delayed penalty but still only had five skaters on the ice. — Daniel Wagner (@passittobulis) October 21, 2022 This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. • A couple big saves from Demko, just like the Canucks have been needing but not getting. If they’re going to protect a lead for the first time this season, it’s going to be because of saves like those.
• After a start that had the Wild flying and the Canucks looking like they were stuck in neutral, the visitors have taken control of the pace. The Pettersson line is causing a lot of problems by attacking the slot fast and hard. Canucks are breaking the pucks out well too. • GOAL! After caught out puck-watching on the opening goal by the Wild, Bo Horvat drove the net hard and finished a perfect set up by Tanner Pearson. Brock Boeser helped launch the attack with smart kick of the puck over to Horvat at his own blue line. Boeser, who picked up an assist on the Horvat goal, about his line to me this morning: “I thought we were better last game. And really started clicking. Really gotta start building off the last game.
) This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Powerless play The Canucks’s power play is now a dismal 10. 5 per cent. “It’s not like we’re getting our looks. I mean, I’d be more concerned if we weren’t getting opportunities, ” Horvat said. He pointed to a chance Andrei Kuzmenko had on the back door, as well as couple shots he was able to get off from the slot. “It’s just a matter of bearing down — putting those ones in and it’s a different game. ” Quinn Hughes said pre-game it would take just one big night and then things would snowball. “It doesn’t feel like it’s been as good as it’s been in the past, ” he acknowledged.
“Yeah, I mean, obviously playing in front of our fans is always something that we look forward to so obviously, we’ve been on the road for a while here and when you’re not getting wins, it feels a little bit even longer, ” he said. Boudreau thought a stretch of home games would help, as well. “For the most part, I thought we were really good. We’re not quitting, we just keep plodding away, ” he said, putting a positive spin on the situation. “We didn’t get the wins but we get two points on the road here on a tough road trip and now we get to go home and in front of our fans, and I think it’ll be a different story.
Just be ready wherever and whenever. Some nights you aren’t going to play. “I feel like my game is a good place. Obviously seeing the ice and being able to have that confidence and know that I can make plays and just play within myself. That’s pretty much it, ” he said. • Canucks’ PK is doing better. It’s still creaking and are still struggling with taking away the cross-seam pass but some good stuff late in a period-opening PK, with Joshua disrupting a pass, Pettersson getting good coverage on the puck to take away a passing lane and then Burroughs with a one-handed clear on the boards.
“We can live with ourselves if we play a good game and lose but if you play a bad game and lose, it’s a different story, ” he said of his line. His line was strong all night, keeping the Kaprisov line at bay at even strength. But he couldn’t stop the final shot of the night, on a mad scramble, as Kaprisov flipped the puck toward the net and Boeser, trying to back up the sprawled-out Demko, dove across. He couldn’t get square and the puck landed in the net. Game over. The numbers It was a see-saw affair all nights. Both teams had stretches of dominance. It’s telling that all three Canuck goals came where they did: on top of the crease, right where Boudreau highlighted in his post-game comments.
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