Canucks: 3 takeaways from 3-2 OT win over the Toronto Maple Leafs

VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 04: Bo Horvat #53 of the Vancouver Canucks battles with Nic Petan #61 and Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the puck during NHL hockey action at Rogers Arena on March 4, 2021 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 04: Bo Horvat #53 of the Vancouver Canucks battles with Nic Petan #61 and Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the puck during NHL hockey action at Rogers Arena on March 4, 2021 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) /
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Tyler Myers discusses a play for the Vancouver Canucks with Jayce Hawryluk (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Tyler Myers discusses a play for the Vancouver Canucks with Jayce Hawryluk (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) /

Tyler Myers played a big game

The big friendly giant played more than thirty minutes (30:07) for the Canucks en route to their 3-2 overtime win against the Maple Leafs. He was the team’s best defenceman in the defensive end, and he notched an assist to get himself on the scoresheet.

After Alex Edler received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for his knee-on-knee hit against Zach Hyman, Myers was forced by head coach Travis Green to up the ante. Already playing heavy minutes without other key blueliners in the lineup, Myers did an exceptional job.

The 6-foot-8 Myers finished the game with an assist, three hits and five blocked shots. It was a kind of game that fans like to see from their $6 million defenceman, a little bit of this and a little bit of that — enough to hold on and get the win.

Other newsworthy notes

  • Rookie blueliner, Jalen Chatfield notched his first official NHL point, getting the primary assist on the game-tying goal from Hoglander.
  • Edler received 17 penalty minutes and will have a hearing with the NHL about his illegal hit.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs outshot the Canucks 39-24
  • Jimmy Vesey (21:50) and Travis Boyd (8:37) were held pointless against their former team.
  • Star forwards for the Canucks, Brock Boeser and J.T. were held off the scoresheet despite having a combined 40+ minutes of ice time.

The Canucks will enjoy a much-needed day off under their new schedule before returning to game action against the Maple Leafs once more before welcoming the nation’s capital Ottawa Senators for four straight games.

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Get your popcorn ready, Canucks Nation. Vancouver won’t go down without a fight. The puck drops again at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. Let us know your thoughts and feelings about the game in the comment section below!