Ebene News – CA – Lotto Line cash in as Canucks finally turn the corner against Flames

Braden Holtby stopped 35 shots as the Vancouver Canucks won 5-1 over the Calgary Flames

Four months after chasing goaltender Jacob Markstrom in free agency, the Vancouver Canucks finally kicked him out of a game. Hopefully, two Canucks demons went out with him

Playing better last week but without the essential results to prove it, the Canucks won with a bang on Wednesday in Calgary, beating the Flames 5-1 to win the teams’ four-game mini-series at 2-1-1

Honestly, the Canucks could have won all four, but their finish did not catch up with Vancouver’s tighter defensive play and more connected and robust play. And they couldn’t quite clear their minds of Markstrom, who was 4-1 against his former team and had stopped 953 percent of Canucks shots

On Wednesday they passed him five times on 29 shots, banishing Markstrom from the bench at 2:06 pm left

Vancouver goaltender signed to replace him, Braden Holtby, got his first start in four games and delivered his best performance so far as Canuck, stopping 35 of 36 shots to help his team to gain end to end

And yet, the game was more than goaltenders as the Canucks feasted on Flames turnovers and responded to Calgary’s lone goal, a solo effort by Andrew Mangiapane that reduced Vancouver’s lead to 2-1 at 6:28 pm of the second period, scoring twice in 37 seconds before the end of the period

Both goals were delivered by the Lotto Line, as Brock Boeser, Elias Pettersson and JT Miller enjoyed one of their best games of the season two nights after criticism from coach Travis Green at the Vancouver’s power play regard have been a challenge for its top players

“As a line we knew we had to be better, score more goals and get more offensive time,” Boeser said after his three points included a goal shot by a sniper who put end of Markstrom’s night at 5:54 of the third period “I thought we did a lot better tonight by signing up on the foredeck, (forcing them to) flip the puck and spending time there I think this resulted in a few goals It was a good step for our line and we have to keep going “

Barely 15 seconds after the Canucks’ lead was cut in half, Pettersson caught a stopwatch from the high position Miller blistered off the post The trio stayed for the face-off at center, and 37 seconds later, he went 4-1 when Miller kept the puck at the Calgary blue line and finally crossed for defenseman Nate Schmidt to score as Markstrom was caught off guard in a scrimmage

It was a satisfying moment for Schmidt, the Canucks’ other big off-season acquisition, whose first goal in a month came in the game after his counter-goal cost Vancouver in the 4-3 loss. in overtime on Thursday at home Schmidt’s attempted pass in his own territory hit a Calgary stick and cashed Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko

“It’s just good to put one in their net for once,” Schmidt snapped. “You talk about rebound control, I think Holtby just made sure to keep them away from me tonight

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“This game can beat you in so many ways You watch the game (Monday) and see there’s a lot of good stuff we’ve done Sometimes those (bad) pieces get amplified so it was a lot better to be on the other side tonight “

Canucks captain Bo Horvat scored the night’s goal – and what turned out to be the game-winner – when he knocked down a high pass from Quinn Hughes, separated Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and Jusso Valimaki, and won a race for the puck against Markstrom, who came to charge like a bull from Pamplona

Horvat managed to get around Markstrom and score in an open net minutes after a similar play saw ex-Canuck surprise and blow up ex-teammate Tanner Pearson on a similar mad run for the puck Horvat’s goal came at 7:37 of the split, but Markstrom was as big as a 747 as he flew at the Canuck

“I was just trying not to get hit,” said Horvat “It was a really big collision with him and Tanner I was just trying to get my head up as fast as I could and luckily he didn’t get me. not crushed And luckily he entered too

“I think we get better and better It was good to be rewarded for the chances we had tonight Marky stood on his head a lot against us, and finally put a couple in front of him, and be rewarded for a lot of hard work and luck, it definitely gives confidence to our group But we have to do this every night

“We still have a lot of hockey – a lot of work to do, a lot of catching up to do”

Since their terrible start to the season culminated with 7-3, 5-1 losses in Toronto in early February, the Canucks have been the strongest team in their last five games. But they’ve only gone 2-2-1 in that span and, 20 games in the shortened season, they have a lot of ground to catch up to at 8-11-1 in the North Division.

But their game – the “process” the coaches talk about – turned a corner as the Canucks collected five of eight points in the Calgary series

“I think we have to win a game,” Holtby said when asked if he feels pressure to match Demko’s improved play this month “I think we’ve put ourselves in a position where all these other things don’t matter. We have to prepare every game to win, to give ourselves a chance to advance in the playoff race”

The Canucks are still some distance away, but closer than they were a short time ago

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