Canucks push back Hurricanes for fourth straight win under Boudreau
VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Canucks won their fourth straight game under coach Bruce Boudreau, 2-1 against the Carolina Hurricanes at Rogers Arena on Sunday.
Boudreau is the first coach in Canucks history to win his first four games.
âLet’s go for five,â he said. “We are behind the eight ball. We have to continue after.”
Brock Boeser and Elias pettersson marked, and Thatcher Demko made 28 saves for the Canucks (12-15-2), who were 3-9-1 in their previous 13 games before firing Travis Green and general manager Jim Benning on Dec. 5.
âA fresh start. It’s a little different the way we play,â said Boeser. “We’re trying to move forward, and you can see how quickly the D’s are pinching and pulling the ice back and supporting each other. It’s been working well so far, and we have to keep building, improving our systems. and keep winning. “
Video: CAR @ VAN: Boeser puts a home pass to open the scoring
Martin Necas marked, and Antti Raanta made 24 saves for the Hurricanes (19-7-1), who lost for the first time in five games.
âThe effort is always there with this group, that’s never the problem,â said Caroline coach Rod Brind’Amour. âWe made it a little harder for ourselves than needed, weird games that we don’t normally do that led to a few of their goals. We kind of gave them some freebies and that’s hard to come back when you continue the game. We worked hard, but we just didn’t perform well. “
Carolina had just won a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday and played without a cross Sebastien aho, which was phased out late due to an illness unrelated to COVID. Aho leads the Hurricanes with 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in 26 games and has had a five-game multi-point streak.
âI found out at the time of the game that he wasn’t feeling well, so that’s about all I can give you,â said Brind’Amour. “He just wasn’t feeling well so we left him at the hotel. Obviously I’d be worried if it was more than a day, but I don’t know.”
Boeser gave Vancouver the 1-0 lead at 6:29 p.m. of the first period when he finished the round with JT Miller from the right sharps.
It was the third goal in the last four games for Boeser, who has not scored in Green’s last 13 games as a coach.
âTo be able to score and get a huge win it means a lot and it builds on confidence,â said Boeser. âYou can feel the confidence in yourself and it’s a lot better when you win hockey games in the locker room and everyone is excited to come to the rink. “
Pettersson made it 2-0 at 7:44 of the second period, beating the Raanta blocker with a slot shot on a 4-2 run.
Video: CAR @ VAN: Pettersson completes a smooth passing game
Pettersson’s goal was his first evenly matched this season and only his second in the last 16 games.
“I’m a player who should score points, score goals,” said Pettersson. âThis season I’ve done things a bit too much, thought too much. But we’re winning now. I feel better there. There are still things I have to work on, especially the confrontations. horrible about it (2-for-10) today. I feel good but still have a lot in me. “
Necas brought it down to 2-1 at 2:32 of the third period. He received a pass on a 2 on 1 from Seth jarvis, repelled his backhand and shot five holes at Demko.
âWe needed one more,â Necas said. “Of course it was nice [to score], but I had a few more chances to get a few more and not enough today. “
REMARKS: Vancouver played without defenders Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Travis Hamonic for the second game in a row. Ekman-Larsson is hand to mouth with an undisclosed injury. Hamonic is absent for 2-3 weeks with a lower body injury. … Carolina Defender Jalen chatfield, who was playing his first game against his former team, left midway through the third period with an undisclosed injury. Brind’Amour has not received an update.