Miller wins three pots as Martin gets first win in Canucks’ 5-1 win over Jets


The Vancouver Canucks hit the road again as they embarked on a four-game road trip that would eventually lead them to the all-star break. The journey began in Winnipeg against the plummeting Jets who were on a five-game losing streak heading into Thursday’s game.

The Canucks again picked up a top-six COVID protocol player as Conor Garland returned to the lineup. It was a big boost for the roster and you could see the top six group feeling more like a top six unit with the return of Garland. Theoretically, this would make ice time easier and give additional responsibility to the line of Tyler Motte, Juho Lammikko and Matthew Highmore. This trio has been great lately, but they are much better contributors when used in a role that matches their skill level instead of being top six players.

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Spencer Martin was back in the crease and the Canucks were looking to get him the first win of his long NHL career. As for the Jets, their star goaltender Connor Hellebuyck went between the posts as the Jets went to throw everything they could at this Canucks team.

It was an early puck drop at 5 p.m. and we better get to the game!

Let’s go!

What happened

It was quite a slow start to the match and there was a weird feeling in the arena. The Jets only allow 250 people in the arena, so the crowd was very empty but had scattered pockets of fans everywhere.

The pace picked up after five minutes and both teams had a few good attempts from the point that tested every goalkeeper. JT Miller had a bad giveaway that gave the Jets a quality scoring chance as Martin was tested from a one-timer from the slot.

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There were some good defensive plays in the middle of the period. Brad Hunt had a nice hip check to stop a rush to Adam Lowry. Vasily Podkolzin made a good play in the neutral zone which led to a scoring chance where Miller narrowly missed the corner on a wrist shot.

The first penalty came to Ville Heinola when he cross-checked Elias Pettersson in net with 6:47 left in the period.

The Canucks got to work and struck fast. Pettersson resigned from the left wing, sent a down pass to Brock Boeser who flashed a pass to Miller in the bumper where Miller ripped a one-timer into the back of the net. 1-0 Canucks.

It was Miller’s 13th goal of the season as the Canucks scored a well-deserved power play goal in the first period. The Canucks gathered momentum after the halfway mark of the period, but the Jets managed to strike with 4:28 to go.

Andrew Copp hit a loose puck in the air while near the left side of the crease. His redirect linked the game. 1-1 after Copp’s goal.

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The teams traded shots from distance to close out the period. They drew after 20 minutes.

thoughts of the first

The trio of Miller, Boeser and Podkolzin looked good in the offensive zone and saw their possession time increase due to playing much of their opening minutes with Quinn Hughes. As the line spent time in the offensive zone, Hughes jumped into the cycle and looked great while executing a two-man cycle with Miller as they looked for Boeser or Podkolzin for tap-ins.

Tucker Poolman came off the bench early in the period. Podkolzin landed a powerful wrist shot from the slot just two minutes into the period, but Hellebuyck managed to shift his shoulder to keep it clear.

Shots flew to Hellebuyck throughout the early period and a quality shot came when Boeser carried the puck across the blue line and passed it left to right across the ice to Miller. Miller didn’t hesitate and fired a shot that went into the top corner. 2-1 Canucks.

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Highmore took a tripping penalty with 14:24 left in the period, sending the Jets to their first power play of the game. Miller had the best chance to play on the power play as he came in and played from the backhand, but was denied his hat trick by Hellebuyck.

The penalty expired but Tyler Myers took a penalty just as the original penalty expired. The Canucks were back shorthanded.

It was another killer attack for the Canucks as they got back to five-on-five and went right back on offense. It was clear who was the better forward as Miller had a two-on-one with Podkolzin where he held the puck just a little too long.

Just after the odd-man rush, Miller came down the left side, found open ice in the slot and wired a wrist shot through Hellebuyck for his hat-trick goal. 3-1 Canucks.

Miller took shots from all over the ice, as Bruce Boudreau wanted from his star players and he was rewarded for his efforts.

The period saw a few chances in the final minutes, but the game seemed to be all about Miller.

second thoughts

On to the fans…

It was a crazy few minutes on Twitter. That’s for sure!

What happened

Pettersson deflected a shot into the post early in the period, then Nils Höglander dug in the net and drew a high stick penalty.

It took the Canucks 10 seconds to score on their first power play and it took even less on the second as there were just seven seconds left before Boeser hit home a loose puck that bounced off the outside. of the enclave. It was the Canucks’ fourth goal of the game and they took the lead. 4-1 Canucks.

With Poolman out of formation, we saw some confusion of defensive pairings. Hughes had time with Brad Hunt, but the Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Tyler Myers duo spent a lot of time together in the third period, even without Poolman.

Boeser took a tripping penalty that gave the Jets a chance to come back in this game near the middle of the third period. The Canucks were able to clear the penalty and hold on to their three-goal lead.

Adam Lowry landed a hard hit on Hughes, and Luke Schenn stepped in and dropped the gloves as he defended the young star defenseman for the Canucks. Good quality stuff from veteran Schenn.

Podkolzin was taken off the Miller line in place of Alex Chiasson in the third period. Miller was taking very long shifts because it was clear he was going the extra mile to get that fourth goal.

Boudreau wants his stars to shoot the puck more and Pettersson absolutely fired a wrist shot into the back of the net with six minutes left. 5-1 Canucks.

Podkolzin returned to the Miller line as the show’s Johns complained that Höglander and Podkolzin didn’t get many minutes in the third period.

The seconds ticked away and thanks to Miller’s hat trick, Spencer Martin earned his first NHL victory in a 5-1 win.

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Easy, he scored a hat trick in this one and dominated most of his shifts. JT Miller wins Most Valuable Player by adding an assist to his three goals for a four-point night.

It was a big night for Miller and a big night for Spencer Martin, who once again allowed just one goal in the game. He wasn’t asked to be extraordinary in the game, but he made 33 saves on 34 shots.

“It’s incredibly special,” Martin said. “I don’t know if it’s already well integrated, but I hope we can just build on it. It’s a really special day for me. We did a very good job of controlling the scoring chances. It was like a really controlled environment, we played an awesome game.

Boudreau was in his usual good spirits after a big win and was looking forward to more wins for this team.

“Any time you can get your offensive weapons back, it’s a good feeling,” Boudreau said. “We played so hard [in the games without Garland and Miller], getting 40 shots on goal and passing them. When we get those guys back it can show that we can defend and score.

Boudreau also spoke about Miller and his success of the evening.

“He could have had two more tonight,” Boudreau said. “I thought he might have had five.”

The Canucks are back in action on Saturday with the final game of the day of hockey in Canada as they take on the Calgary Flames.


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