Canucks Tame the Wild to Even Series at One

Minnesota Wild v. Vancouver Canucks Game 2

Vancouver looks to even the series after their Game 1 loss Sunday night.


Minnesota Wild Lines and Defencive Pairings

Jordan Greenway Eric Staal Kevin Fiala
Zach Parise Joel Eriksson Ek Luke Kunin
Marcus Foligno Alex Galchenyuk Mats Zuccarello
Ryan Donato Mikko Koivu Ryan Hartman
Ryan Suter Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin Matt Dumba
Brad Hunt Carson Soucy
Alex Stalock
Devan Dubnyk

Unfit to Play: Greg Pateryn


Matt Bartkowski Louie Belpedio Luke Johnson Kaapo Kahkonen Gerald Mayhew
Brennan Menell Victor Rask Kyle Rau Mat Robson Nico Sturm

Vancouver Canucks Lines and Defencive Pairings:

J.T. Miller Elias Pettersson Brock Boeser
Tanner Pearson Bo Horvat Loui Eriksson
Antione Roussel Brandon Sutter Micheal Ferland
Tyler Motte Jay Beagle Jake Virtanen
Quinn Hughes Christopher Tanev
Alexander Edler Tyler Myers
Oscar Fantenberg Troy Stecher
Jacob Markstrom
Thatcher Demko

Unfit to Play: Josh Leivo


Justin Bailey Jordie Benn Jalen Chatfield Louis Domingue Adam Gaudette
Tyler Graovac Olli Juolevi Zack MacEwen Brogan Rafferty Tyler Toffoli

1st Period Summary and Analysis:

In the first 24 seconds, Tanner Pearson would open up the scoring with his first goal of the post-season.  Bo Horvat would register the lone assist on the goal.  19 seconds later, Brock Boeser would be issued a minor penalty for Hooking on Minnesota’s Jonas Brodin.  Minnesota would go on their second power play in the contest at the 4:31 mark when Vancouver would be issued an interference penalty.  On the second power play, the Wild would have only one shot, a 50 footer.

Vancouver must stay out of the box if they want to remain a factor throughout this contest.  Another factor is giving Elias Pettersson much needed shots in the contest.

Vancouver would be given the chance to go up 2-0 when Minnesota’s Jordan Greenway would be issued a roughing penalty at the 7:27 mark.  On the power play, Vancouver would have three shots but did not score with the extra man.

At 13:28, Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu would be doled a minor penalty at the faceoff for Delay of Game of a Faceoff Violation.  Vancouver would only register one shot before going on the power play once again.  Minnesota’s Greenway would make his second trip to the penalty box on a slashing call at the 15:32 mark.

Minnesota would score a SHG at the 17:16 mark, with the goal going to Luke Kunin.  Assisting in the goal would be Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.   The goal would be Kunin’s first in the postseason.

1st Period Results:

VAN Goal Tanner Pearson (1) Assisted by Bo Horvat (1) 00:24
VAN Pen Brock Boeser for Hooking 2 min minor 00:43
VAN Pen Troy Stecher for Interference 2 min minor 04:31
MIN Pen Jordan Greenway for Roughing 2 min minor 07:27
MIN Pen Mikko Koivu for Delay of Game – Faceoff Violation 2 min minor 13:28
MIN Pen Jordan Greenway for Slashing 2 min minor 15:32
MIN SHG Luke Kunin (1) Assisted by Zach Parise (1) Ryan Suter (1) 17:16

1st Period Stats:

Minnesota Vancouver
Faceoffs 7/17 10/17
Power Plays 0 for 2 0 for 3
Shots 9 10
Hits 13 6



2nd Period Summary and Analysis:

Vancouver would go down a man early in the period when Troy Stecher would make his second appearance in the penalty box for Tripping Minnesota’s Zach Parise.  Vancouver’s J.T. Miller would score in front of Minnesota’s net after a costly turnover by Alex Galchenyuk to give the Canucks a 2-0 lead in the contest.

Vancouver would make the contest 3-1 with a tip-in goal by Brock Boeser, his first goal in the postseason at the 8:42 mark.  About 30 seconds later, Tanev would be shown the penalty box after he would trip Minnesota’s Greenway at the 9:18 mark.  On the power play, Minnesota would register three shots but not score.

Vancouver is playing a much better game than they did Sunday but they need to continue putting their feet on the gas if they want to come away with the win in the contest.

Vancouver goes on the power play for a Ryan Donato slash at the 14:27 mark.  The Canucks would get a couple of great chances to score with the extra man advantage but were unable to get a goal in.

If Minnesota expects to come away with a win, they need to come out of the 2nd intermission on fire, playing the same game they played Sunday night.

At the end of the period, there were penalties doled out for matching interference minors.  The start of the third period will be 4-on-4 action.

2nd Period Results:

VAN Pen Troy Stecher for Tripping 2 min minor :43
VAN Goal J.T. Miller (1) Unassisted 03:01
VAN Goal Brock Boeser (1) Assisted by: Alexander Edler (1) Elias Pettersson (1) 08:42
VAN Pen Christopher Tanev for Tripping 2 min minor 09:18
MIN Pen Ryan Donato for Slashing 2 min minor 14:27
VAN Pen Tyler Myers for Interference 2 min minor 20:00
MIN Pen Jared Spurgeon for Interference 2 min minor 20:00

2nd Period Stats:

Minnesota Vancouver
Faceoffs 16/40 24/40
Power Plays 0 for 4 0 for 4
Shots 19 20
Hits 24 10

3rd Period Summary and Analysis:

The 4-on-4 would result in no goals while both teams would battle for puck possession.  Vancouver would go on the power play yet again at the 3:05 mark when Galchenyuk would trip Pettersson.  It has not been the night that Minnesota nor Galchenyuk would want to have.  Antoine Roussel would go down on the ice after a slapshot from teammate Jake Virtanen would bounce off of Wild’s Marcus Foligno’s stick and hit Roussel in the visor and face, opening up Roussel.

Vancouver would briefly go on a 5 on 3 after another slashing call from Minnesota.  At the 6:22 mark, Vancouver would score a PPG with Bo Horvat getting his second career postseason goal.  Quinn Hughes and J.T. Miller would earn the assists on the Horvat goal.

Minnesota hoped to get another chance to score when they went on the power play after a Tyler Myers penalty for cross-checking at the 11:03 mark, but were unable to get the puck in the net.  Myers would go back in the box after yet another cross checking penalty, just 19 seconds after coming out of the box on the prior cross checking penalty.

Things get chippy for Minnesota at the 15:00 when Kevin Fiala goes to box for a high-sticking call.  There will be 4-on-4 play for 26 seconds due to the Fiala penalty.

Ryan Hartman goes down on the ice with two seconds left on the power play after an injury and is slow to get up after an Elias Pettersson hit to the back of Hartman.  Hartman was able to leave the ice under his own power and there were no penalties issued to Pettersson on the hit.

Kevin Fiala was able to get Minnesota their second goal of the night after the puck goes off the top of the bar and back out at the 17:32 mark and would go down as an unassisted goal.  This would be Fiala’s second goal of the series.

Kevin Fiala would score one more goal of the night with nine seconds remaining in the contest to make the score 4-3 and Minnesota would almost score at the end of the contest but the puck would not go in the net thanks to a great stop by Jakob Markstrom to end the contest.

Vancouver has tied this series at 1-1 with the 4-3 win and will look to go up 2-1 Thursday.

3rd Period Results:

MIN Pen Alex Galchenyuk for Tripping 2 min minor 03:05
MIN Pen Brad Hunt for Slashing 2 min minor 05:03
VAN PPG Bo Horvat (1) Assisted by: Quinn Hughes (1) J.T. Miller (1) 06:22
VAN Pen Tyler Myers for Cross checking 2 min minor 11:07
VAN Pen Tyler Myers for Cross checking 2 min minor 13:26
MIN Pen Kevin Fiala for Hi-sticking 2 min minor 15:00
MIN Goal Kevin Fiala (2) Unassisted 17:32
MIN Goal Kevin Fiala (3) Assisted by: Matt Dumba (1) Eric Staal (4) 19:51

3rd Period Stats:

Minnesota Vancouver
Faceoffs 25/68


Power Plays 0 for 6 1 for 7
Shots 35 28
Hits 37 19

Game 3 of the series will take place Thursday afternoon at 2:30 pm EDT/12:30 pm MDT

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