Canucks: 3 takeaways from 2-1 win over Rangers

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Tyler Myers wins the game late

No more than a month ago, Tyler Myers and his holes on defence were beginning to show. The $30 million contract general manager Jim Benning inked him to in the summer was starting to look like a really bad move. But the Canucks have now won seven straight, and Myers has bounced back in a major way.

Looking like the defenceman Benning signed him for, Myers skated into the game having five points in his previous five outings. The self-confidence now showing, he appears to have settled in. With another sound defensive game, he kept his team in a tight match up until eventually he sealed the deal offensively. A wrist shot from the blueline with 1:29 remaining was enough to get the job done.

With the season now into its second half, Myers continues to elevate his game. The cold start is behind him and with 14 points now, Myers sits third in scoring among all Canuck defenders. Alex Edler (20) and Quinn Hughes (30) are the two guys ahead of him, which puts the 6-foot-8 giant right where management expected him to be.

Factor in his fourth goal of the season, and that ties him with both previously mentioned blueliners for the team lead in goals by a defenceman. Hughes, Edler and Myers all have four.

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Final thoughts

The Canucks battled hard, were slightly outplayed, but were lucky enough to have Markstrom put up a brick wall in net. Seven straight wins will hopefully become eight when the Canucks visit Tampa Bay on Tuesday to kick off a five-game road trip. Puck drops at 4 p.m. Pacific.