Canucks: 3 takeaways from Game 2 win over Golden Knights

EDMONTON, ALBERTA - AUGUST 25: Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks attempts a shot on Robin Lehner #90 of the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period in Game Two of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on August 25, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
EDMONTON, ALBERTA - AUGUST 25: Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks attempts a shot on Robin Lehner #90 of the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period in Game Two of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on August 25, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Vancouver Canucks Bo Horvat scores a goal on the Vegas Golden Knights  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Vancouver Canucks Bo Horvat scores a goal on the Vegas Golden Knights  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Bo knows goals

Horvat scored two goals tonight and it seems he likes having multi-goal games having done so on more than one occasion in the postseason. With his two goals, Horvat now leads the NHL playoffs goal-scoring race with eight.

Horvat’s second goal came 18 seconds into the third period. Alex Edler’s shot was blocked but  Brock Boeser got a hold of the loose puck and made a nice backhand pass on a trickling puck across the ice to a ready and waiting Horvat. He made no mistake putting it home and securing a three-goal lead.

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Horvat’s goals weren’t the only things that helped the Canucks win. He had a solid game all throughout. The captain was good on the backcheck and helped break up the Golden Knights passes while they were entering the Canucks zone. He also was very good in the faceoff circle going 20/25.

Horvat put up an absurd 80% winning rate and according to NHL’s website he’s won 59.4% of faceoffs taken which leads all players still in the playoffs. He also has won the most faceoffs in total with 177 wins.

Horvat’s two-way game was on display tonight and he has been very good in the postseason so far. He played the game as a captain should and he’s filled the skates of Henrik Sedin quite nicely.