It was a game full of bounces, big plays, chaos, and entertainment. The Vancouver Canucks defeated the visiting Winnipeg Jets 4-3 via the shootout and have now won three straight games.
Travis Hamonic left Wednesday’s game against the Boston Bruins with an injury. He will be out two to three weeks with a lower-body injury. Oliver Ekman-Larsson is dealing with an undisclosed injury and is expected to be back next week.
As a result, Brad Hunt suited up.
The Canucks also remain undefeated since making significant changes to the organization and bringing Bruce Boudreau as the head coach.
There were plenty of high-danger chances from both teams. There were lots of back and forth action, some hits, and overall, it was a really fun hockey game to watch.
The overtime was chaotic and there were great chances at both ends but for the second straight game, the Canucks had to decide in a shootout. Thatcher Demko was perfect in the shootout and Elias Pettersson scored the only Vancouver goal in the shootout which resembled Peter Forsberg’s shootout goal against Canada in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.
Hopefully, his confidence will start to rise after that.
Apparently, Pettersson has done the move in the shootout before. He did it against Mackenzie Blackwood of the New Jersey Devils on March 15, 2019.
“They can’t all be Picasso’s,” said Boudreau on his team’s performance. “We didn’t have our best game out there. What can you say about the goalie, he’s not bad. You get greedy and you want to sweep the week. We’re so far back that you have to put a string like this to get back in it.”
Here are three takeaways from the Canucks entertaining win.