Nils Hoaglander twice and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Winnipeg Jets 3–1
Winnipeg, Manitoba – Nils Hoaglander twice and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3–1 Monday night.
Bo Horvat also scored and Thatcher Demko intercepted 39 shots for his 14th win of the season for the Canucks. Montreal scored a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to Edmonton to finish fourth in the Norton Division when Vancouver was eliminated from the playoff race on the night before.
“Missing the playoffs, it’s never fun,” Horwatt said. “This is what you play for and this is what you want to do every single year because anything can happen in the playoffs. … We are going to learn from this experience.”
According to Demko, Vancouver would not be able to play the last six games of the season by being out of the race.
“We want to win. Regardless of the circumstances, it is a matter of pride for our organization, pride for our colleagues, coaches, employees, ”he said. “You can play for a lot more people than you might think. We’re going to try to win every single time we get on the ice, never mind.
Kyle Conor scored for the Jets, who lost for the ninth time for the 10th time. Laurent Brossoit finished with 28 saves.
“No we wanted the result. It sucks,” Connor, who has 23 goals on the season. “But it’s good to get one there and try to build some confidence to go into the post-season here.”
The team will meet again in Winnipeg on Tuesday. The Jets took a 5–3 lead in the nine-game season series.
Connor had several opportunities to add to Winnipeg’s total, including one on a breakway with an interval of less than seven minutes. He entered the Canucks zone and fired a shot at Demko, who made the save, but could not get on the rebound. Connor picked up the puck and spread one more and this time Demko squeezed it between his pads as he fell on his back.
Jets coach Paul Maurice said, “We achieved a whole lot more height.”
Hoglander opened the scoring at 3:04 into the game, forcing Ville Hinola to reverse the puck at the Cancus Blue line and run away for a breakaway. Brossoit stopped the opening blast but Hoaglander picked up the rebound and popped up in a backhand shot.
The Canucks made it 2–0 at 7:21 after Matthew Highmore caught the end boards. It reached the top of the crease back to Horvat and the Canucks captain shot in a shot, with Horvat celebrating with a double fist pump. The goal was his 17th of the season, but the first since April 18.
Connor halved Vancouver’s lead at 10:44, one shot up and 2-1 under the crossbar. The goal snapped an eight-game point draw for Connor, who now has 23 goals on the season.
The Jets equalized the score on a second-period power play after Vancouver’s JT Miller was called for slashing. After a sharp-angle shot from Mark Scheifele the red goal light went off and hit Demco’s shoulder and away post, but the ice-headed officer quickly gave a loud signal and scored no goal.
The Hoglander restored Vancouver’s two-goal lead at 10:16 into the third, lifting the puck in a hurry of neutral-zone traffic. He sprinted over the Jets’ end and appeared to bounce from Bros. defenseman Josh Morris into Brossoit’s last bounce, sending Brock Boycer in front of the net. It was the Swedish left-winger’s second goal of the night and his 12th goal of the season.
“I think I played great tonight,” Hoaglander said. “I had a lot of opportunities. I think if I score on my own occasions I can score more goals. “
Canucks coach Travis Green agreed with the assessment, stating that the 20-year-old had a strong game on the offensive and in his own zone.
“He had a great season. He’s a good player, he’s got a bright future with the NHL and our organization,” Green said. “But there is definitely a learning curve for him that we all look forward to. . “
Winnipeg was 0 for 3 on the power play and Vancouver failed to capitalize on a man advantage.
JT goalkeeper Connor Helbuk is out with a “minor injury”. Eric Comrie supported Brossoit.
Facing a family
Jordan Bayne of Winnipeg played the first game against his former team. The Canucks tackled the Jets in the trade deadline to the legendary defenseman for a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.