Canucks: 3 takeaways from 4-3 OT loss to Columbus

Oct 18, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; The shot from Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov (4) gets past Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin (30) for the game winner in overtime at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 18, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; The shot from Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov (4) gets past Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin (30) for the game winner in overtime at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports /
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Horvat bounces back

It seems like Bo Horvat has rediscovered his scoring touch.

Like many of his teammates, Horvat looked sluggish and out place in the first few games of the year. The 27-year-old captain was clearly struggling to establish his quick and physical presence on the ice, two attributes that he utilized so well during his 31-goal campaign last year.

Fortunately for the Vancouver squad, Horvat was able to rediscover his effective gameplay ahead of Tuesday night, allowing the centre to put up his best game of the season.

Horvat looked engaged and driven almost every time he was on the ice, while also creating chemistry and quality scoring chances with Tanner Pearson and Brock Boeser on the third line.

Horvat finished the evening with two goals and five shots in just over 20 minutes of ice time. The London, Ontario native helped the Canucks re-establish their one-goal lead in the third period, while also notching the team’s first shorthanded tally of the year, bringing his point total to three goals and one assist in four games.

Let’s hope #53 can keep this up moving forward.