3. Finally Some Life From The Powerplay
The powerplay has been somewhat extinct lately, so it is understandable if most fans went into a state of shock in the second period.
After failing to capitalize on their powerplay chances in the past three games, the Canucks went 2-for-2 on the man advantage, thanks to Pettersson and Horvat, whose tally eventually stood as the game winner.
The successful powerplay also helped a few other players get back on the scoresheet, including Hughes.
Hughes finished the game with two assists himself, bringing his season point total to 30.
It comes a no real surprise that the team is more competitive and harder to beat once they can take advantage of the other team’s penalties.
With a star-studded first unit, there is little excuse for the Canucks to not take advantage of their powerplay opportunities. On Sunday, in particular, it was encouraging to see such great puck movement from the primary unit, something that fans are hoping will continue moving forward to make their team more competitive and, more importantly, harder to beat.
The Canucks will wrap up their five-game road trip on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena, taking on the Nashville Predators. Puck drop is set for 5:00pm PST.
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