Middle Frame Magic
Five goal period: enough said. Almost everything that could have gone right for the Canucks did, starting with a power play early in the period.
After a few bobbles at the line, the Canucks regained the zone and Hughes, who is now tied for third in the NHL with 19 power play assists, got it to Elias Pettersson on the half wall. And this time, his blast riffled stick side past the ear of Markstrom, after Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin, jumped into the slot to prevent a Hughes blast from the point.
Things went silent at Rogers Arena for a moment when forward Jason Dickinson went into the boards awkwardly courtesy of a Gudbranson shove. He did not return to the game and will not travel with the team on their road trip. More updates will be made available.
Minutes later, Demko brought the crowd to their feet after a great McLean impression.
The Canucks wasted no time doubling up their lead with another power play. Brock Boeser (turned 25 on Friday.) set up a screen in front, and J.T. Miller rung home a perfectly placed rising wrist shot for his 11th point in 12 home games.
Everyone’s favourite fourth liner, Tyler Motte, also joined in on the fun. His shot off the pad of Markstrom found Horvat after Hanifin, once more finding himself in the thick of things threw the puck to the front of the net. If this isn’t a statement game for the Canucks, I don’t know what is.
Even the blade of Markstrom’s skate, which dislodged off the post, seemed to be working in favour of the home squad. Unable to fix it in time, Calgary was forced to put in Dan Vladar with 1:46 seconds left in the period. Did I mention, the Canucks were on the power play, yet again???
Two goal in 1:46 seconds: The Canucks remained possession of the puck, kept their feet moving, and dished it to the front of the net, where good things always happen. With the penalty killers chasing at the top of the point, Boser found a wide-open Miller, who did his best soccer impression, for Horvat to cash in on his second goal of the period.
Before he had time to contemplate a career change, Miller was handed a penalty shot, that’s right, a rare penalty shot, after a mad scram in front of the Calgary net which resulted in Rasmus Andersson covering his hand over the puck.
I’ll let the video speak for itself: