Minnesota Wild vs Vancouver Canucks Post Game Recap: Getting Wild In Vancouver

The Rundown

The Vancouver Canucks came into tonight’s contest on the heels of getting blown out of their own building on Saturday night. Their opponent this evening was a tough Minnesota Wild team who had won 5 straight before facing a Canucks team that had lost 4 of its last 6 games. The Canucks were having a hard time scoring goals and still missing both Alex Edler and Chris Tanev, along with other important players in Sven Baertschi and Jay Beagle. If the Canucks had any chance, they’d need some of their secondary scorers to lend a hand, guys like Jake Virtanen, Nikolay Goldobin, Adam Gaudette and Markus Granlund would need to help shoulder some of the offense.


1st Period

A quiet start, it’d take two and a half minutes for some action. Abbotsford born Jake Virtanen would strip Ryan Suter of the puck, come in and fire a shot off the blocker of Devan Dubnyk for the first shot of the game. Few minutes after, the newly formed line of Tim Schaller, Bo Horvat, and Granlund would create a ruckus in front of the Wild’s goal. After a shot, Schaller tried to dig the puck out of Dubnyk’s pads causing a scene and drew the ire of the Wild defenders.

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A few minutes later, the Canucks would score first for just the 3rd time this season! Right off a faceoff, Schaller would go to the corner and battle the Wild defenseman for the puck. It would squirt out behind the goal to Horvat, who fed a wide open Granlund in the slot for a golden scoring chance. Granlund made no mistake putting his shot home and gave the Canucks the lead.


It’d only take 35 seconds for the Wild to respond. Jordan Greenway, who had just recorded a hat-trick in the AHL a few nights ago, would get his first NHL goal after beating Michael Del Zotto and Elias Pettersson to a rebound right in front of Jakob Markstrom and banged it home to tie the game at 1.

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Near the 11 minute mark of the first period, fans and media alike would witness one of the more bizarre moments so far this season. Gaudette was struck by a high-stick by Zach Parise, and Parise was given a 2-minute minor. The officials then went to video review and found that Erik Gudbranson had struck Parise with a high-stick of his own, and after the review was sent to the box for 2 minutes. Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman gave his take on what transpired.


After all the confusion, the game would resume with both teams short a man. Pettersson and Brock Boeser had a wonderful shift together late in the 4 on 4, which helped the Canucks carry momentum for the next minute and a half. That sequence of play would end with Granlund being slashed on the hands by Eric Fehr. The Canucks would head to their 1st power-play of the evening looking to retake the lead.

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The best chance of the power-play would come in the dying seconds, with Virtanen tipping a shot in front only to be denied by the pad of Dubnyk. With the best chance stopped, the Canucks would fail to capitalize with the man advantage. Before the end of the period, Eric Stall found an opening and came down on Markstrom with a few seconds left. He was taken down by Gudbranson and it seemed like Gudbranson would draw a penalty on the play. The teams headed to the 2nd period tied at 1, and the Canucks would look to be short-handed to start the second.


2nd Period

Jokes on all of you reading this, as after the officials talked it over at the end of the first it was determined that Gudbranson didn’t take down Stall, so the Canucks would start the period 5 on 5. This would only last for a little over a minute until Granlund struck Nino Niederreiter with a high-stick. Niederreiter’s face would be cut, so Granlund was called for a double minor, sending the Wild to a 4-minute power-play opportunity. In a way I guess the Canucks really did start the second period shorthanded… During the penalty kill, Brandon Sutter was hit hard by Matt Dumba and would leave the bench. Sutter would not return, which left the Canucks without their two best shutdown centers for the rest of the game. (Jay Beagle wasn’t dressed)

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After some solid penalty killing from the Canucks killed off the first of the 2 minor penalties, Stall would slash Troy Stecher’s stick out of his hands to eliminate the Wild’s power-play. This would give the Canucks their second opportunity of the game on the power-play in a few short moments.


It didn’t take long for the Canucks power-play to strike, and it’s Virtanen who cut through the neutral zone, used Suter as a screen and unleashed a wicked wrister past the glove of Dubnyk to give the Canucks a 2-1 lead. 3rd goal of the season for #shotgunjake.


Now 7 minutes into the period, the Canucks would extend the lead. After Goldobin grabs a turnover in the offensive zone, he’d make a nifty pass to Del Zotto who had jumped in on the rush. Del Zotto made a quick pass over to Pettersson who unleashed a cannon of a one-timer past a sprawling Dubnyk to notch his 6th goal in his 7th career NHL game.


Now, the Wild didn’t win 5 straight games coming into this one for nothing and would turn up the pressure on this young Canucks team for the next couple minutes after the Pettersson tally. A good stretch of play would turn into a power-play chance as Loui Eriksson was sent to the box for tripping. A minute and a half into the power-play, Suter would take a seeing-eye wrister that finds its way through traffic and over the shoulder of Jakob Markstrom to give the Wild some life and make it 3-2.

The Canucks would attempt to bounce back, as Virtanen continued to have himself a game. He’d throw a huge hit onto Greg Pateryn in an attempt to spark the team. Late in the period, Pettersson would show his determination and would see the Canucks would get a late power-play when Suter had to interfere him in order to prevent a scoring chance. The Canucks would head to the 3rd period with their 3rd man advantage of the evening and a 3-2 lead.


3rd Period

The man advantage opportunity the Canucks had would be pretty poor till the final 30 seconds, but Horvat would be clipped from a Pateryn high stick which led to another Canucks power-play chance. The boys in blue would fail to register a shot on goal, and the power-play would drop to 1-4 on the night.


After the consecutive power-plays, the next 3 minutes of play would favour the Wild. Minnesota blitzed the Canucks, only to be shut down by a red-hot Markstrom, who had quietly been having a great game for Vancouver.


Then, 6 and a half minutes in Pettersson does everything head coach Travis Green could ask for. Pettersson would block a point shot, head up the ice and be fed by Boeser, and put the puck past Dubnyk on the breakaway. A bar-down beauty for his 7th of the year gave the Canucks a 4-2 lead.


The Canucks would have to attempt to kill off another Wild power-play 9 minutes into the 3rd after Biega clipped Joel Eriksson Ek with his stick up high. The Wild’s 4th power-play would be unable to beat Markstrom, who made a couple of fantastic saves to keep the Canucks up by 2. Right as the penalty expired, Schaller would get a breakaway opportunity of his own. He was unable to pot a goal past Dubnyk, and on the next rush down the ice, the Canucks would see Granlund slash Charlie Coyle to put the Wild back on the power-play. Just like the 4th power-play for the Wild, they were unable to solve Markstrom and the Canucks would kill off the penalty kill opportunity.


One last burst from the Wild would be turned aside with some great team defense by the Canucks. After playing a strong game and logging a ton of minutes, Ben Hutton would be rewarded with an empty net goal for his second of the year to seal the game late for Vancouver. The Canucks would come away victorious tonight, beating the Wild 5-2.

Advanced Stats

Both stats photos courtesy of naturalstattrick.com


Wrap Up

After the Pittsburgh Penguins shut out the Canucks on Saturday, the Canucks came ready to play and played a terrific 60-minute game. Another gutsy effort by the Canucks forward group after they lost Sutter, and the offensive firepower this team has was shown in full force. A lot of players had strong games, and we’re going to bring them up down below.


Elias Pettersson: Everyone knows this kid is amazing. No point in going on and on about what he does, how he does it, and when he does it. Another spectacular performance from the best player on the team. Yes, Pettersson is the best player on the team and there’s not much else to it. The thought he could be even better should scare the rest of the league.


Jake Virtanen: Right from the start of the game, it was obvious Virtanen was ready to play. I don’t know what it is about the Wild, but he always seems to play well against Boeser’s hometown team. A couple big hits, and showcased some great offensive instincts to use Suter as a screen on his goal. Jake also could’ve had another one on the power-play with his deflection. Just an all-around great game for Virtanen, and one of those games that torments Canucks fans with how good he could be if he was able to do this night in and night out.


Markus Granlund: Best game I’ve seen Granlund play in a good 2 years since he scored 19 in 2016-2017. Great scoring chances throughout the game, and was rewarded with a nice goal in the first. He was bumped up into a scoring role after the injury to Baertschi and the inconsistency of the rest of the roster (looking at you little things Loui) and played well. The line of Schaller – Horvat – Granlund was excellent in all situations, and Granlund was a key component in their success as a line. Would like to see this every night from Granlund, but once in a while is good enough.


Ben Hutton: A ton of minutes for Ben Hutton again tonight, as he’s been the main man for this Canucks blueline with Edler and Tanev out of the lineup. He was patient with the puck and didn’t make many mistakes, and none that led to goals. I’m happy he was able to pot the empty-netter, but more so with the fact that it really looks like Ben Hutton improved his game after a rough year in 2017-2018. With Derrick Pouliot and Del Zotto struggling a bit, and Edler looking like a prime trade deadline candidate if he can show teams he still has it after his latest injury, it’s not out of the question to suggest Hutton might be the lone left-shot defenseman who helps usher in Olli Juolevi and Quinn Hughes in the coming years. 


Jakob Markstrom: Fantastic tonight. Was an interesting game in the sense I didn’t really notice how good he was playing until the 3rd, and then had to go over and see how well he really was. He tracked pucks well, his movements were crisp, only the one bad rebound that led to the Greenway goal, but other than that was solid throughout. He helped the Canucks kill off 4 of the Wild’s 5 power-plays, and had no chance on the Suter point shot. Goaltending hasn’t been an issue for this team, and with Anders Nilsson out expect Markstrom to carry the load for the next few weeks.


Those are the 5 I’ll make mention of tonight, but it was great to see the whole team step up. Pettersson with 2 beautiful goals, Virtanen with a goal, Granlund netting a goal, Goldobin got a point, Boeser got a point, Horvat got on the scoresheet and the Canuck’s defense corps played a strong game in front of a confident goaltender. A phenomenal game to watch, and hopefully the team can keep up the effort they gave tonight.

  • Kanuckhotep

    What would the Canucks record be like if they weren’t cornering the NHL market on injuries which now includes Sutter? 7-6-0 is damned good regardless of this and one of the their best efforts of the season took place tonight looking like an actual team. Goldy obviously needs Petey and EP makes the whole team better when he’s in the line up. (MVP material?) The VC are clearly a large improvement over last year.

  • Braindead Benning

    Doesn’t seem like EP40 is suffering any lingering effects from that concussion the guy is a highlight package worth watching even when he doesn’t score (which is not that often lol…)

  • Sandpaper

    Horvat was a beast tonight.
    Gudbranson had a very strong game, I Didn’t expect CA to recognize that.
    If you had to go to look at how well Markstrom played, I am assuming you mean stat sheets, then I don’t really know what to say.

  • Rodeobill

    Best game of the year so far. I wonder who gets called up if Sutter goes on IR. Schaller doesn’t do much for flashy offense, but he is a wizard in the board battles. Guddy and Hutton’s best game easy this year. Love to see Jake score too.

  • TheRealPB

    I have been down on Gudbranson for a while now but credit where it’s due, he has looked miles better than he has at any previous time during his tenure here. And Hutton looks like he did as a rookie — confident and strong with the puck, jumping into the play and making far better reads on the defensive end. There’s no way we’d even be competitive without him and Horvat and Markstrom’s general play. Virtanen was flying all night. It is really remarkable that we’ve been in games (even the Pittsburgh one until the third) with so much of the top end of the lineup out so often. I’ve seen the snide comments by pundits about how bad the Canucks are — all without acknowledging those injuries. I’d like to see how the Leafs would do if they simultaneously lost Gardiner, Reilly, Tavares, Marner and Matthews to injury; just with Matthews out they looked like a shade of themselves yesterday. Or any other team missing their top d pairing and at one point five of their top six forwards. We may not set the league on fire but it’s pretty impressive to see this group pull together as they have through this first part of the season. Credit also to the coach for making necessary adjustments and getting them better prepared for this game than the last two.

  • Bud Poile

    Rick Dhaliwal
    ‏ @DhaliwalSports

    Pettersson is the 22nd player in NHL history to score at least 7 goals in his 1st 7 games and just the 8th to do it in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44). #Canucks

    • TheRealPB

      I think you really need to let go of this. Pettersson’s main issue is his actual build and weight (which is of course something that contributes to him also being awesome). I don’t know why you think he should be covered in bubble wrap or given some kind of nonexistent bodyguard on the wing. Do you really think that he would be as effective if we put Matt Martin or even Roussell on the wing? The Canucks already have two of the top ten PIM leaders on the team (Gudbranson and Roussell) and the game is not one in which this ‘deterrence’ nonsense works today — if it ever did.

      What goon did the Sedins have riding shotgun in their heyday (and the Tom Sestito Experience doesn’t count)? You really need to let go of this obsession with Pettersson’s protection.

  • Bud Poile

    “He was good tonight, but I don’t want it to be just about him. There were a lot of good efforts tonight.” – Green on Pettersson.
    Time to wake up coach and protect your (and Benning’s) meal ticket.
    Suter elbowed Petey in the head and you watched as if nothing happened.Again.

    • Chalister Court Canuck

      What is Green supposed to do, send out Gino Odjick or summon the spirit of Dave Semenko. The game has changed for the better, get used to it.

      Great game, Elias hasn’t missed a beat, credit to the Canucks medical experts and Travis for the way they are handling this young phenom, he is a lock for the Calder imo.

    • wojohowitz

      I wonder how the Canucks would have reacted if Pettersson had been hurt by that elbow. It might have started a huge emotional brawl but it also might have had no pushback at all. So many questions like that about this team.

      I`ve always wondered where Virtanen`s wrist shot disappeared to as it was a big part of his 45 goals season in junior but in the NHL he seems to use it maybe two or three times a season. The obvious comparison is Boeser`s wrist shot which has been prominent from his first few goals.

      • Break The Canuck's Curse

        It almost seems there is something in EP’s talent and play that frustrates his opponents and bring out the worst in them. If this is the case he is going to need protection

    • Fort McMurray FD

      So let’s clarify, you want to protect headshots by sending out an enforcer/bodyguard to pound or slam players in the head in retaliation? Hypocrite much…

    • Rodeobill

      I wonder if having Rousell on the team actually helps protect some of the other players like EP more than Guddy. When frustration hits, Roussel acts kind of like a lightning rod for that attention because he has a Marchand-like peskiness. Something like “Damn these guys piss me off, lets take out the kid, no lets take it out on Rousell, he’s had it coming all game, plus I really don’t want to fight Gudbranson.”
      Probably not, they are split second decisions to act unaccordingly most the time, but I wonder.
      Also, with how uncontainable Petey is, he draws a lot of penalties, so there is that.

    • DJ_44

      They have played the kids from the start. Gaudette was the exception, although a few games in the AHL did him good after a mediocre training camp. Develop the kids, and pot them in positions to succeed.

      • Nuck16

        I feel like Guadette would have benefited from another 20 games down in the AHL to rack up some points and build offensive confidence before his call up (but that’s in hind site…was happy with the call up at the time), but hard to send him back now with all these injuries.

  • Beer Can Boyd

    Ben Hutton is 6’2″, 210 lbs, and he’s still only 25. He played almost 28 minutes last night, and seems to be getting stronger and more confident every game. He was easily the best defenseman on the ice last night, for either team. Yet most pundits on Canucks Army had him being traded, cut , or in the minors this year. You know what they say about opinions. I guess Green and Benning know a bit more about hockey than the armchair experts here give them credit for.

    • wjohn1925

      It’s clearly a lesson about not giving up on a player too early. That being said, he deserved what he got last year, namely benching and criticism from all parts, coach and CA included. He obviously put in a great training summer. There’s no way he could have logged 25+ minutes of ice last year. It has been a tremendous turnaround and full kudos to him for making the change and to Green for challenging him. I wouldn’t criticize anyone for wanting him gone last year, however. It wasn’t at all clear that a change was coming.

      • Rodeobill

        Best thing about this is Hutton responded to the challenged and worked to become what Green saw in him. Now he knows what needs to be done to play this game, he SHOULD consistently be striving for that.

    • TheRealPB

      To be fair most of CA have consistently said that Hutton has better fundamentals than a number of D that have played a more regular role the last couple of years (in particular MDZ and Gudbranson). I have always thought he’s gotten a bad rap but he is really flourishing with increased ice time and responsibility.

      • Beer Can Boyd

        I agree with both of your comments. The criticism was well deserved, and put him in a make or break situation. But isn’t that what Green and Benning are paid to do? Despite cries for Huttons head, they did show faith in the kid, and so far it looks like its paying off big time. Same with Virtanen and Goldobin. Hughes, Julolevi and Hutton are going to be a formidable LHD group for a long time here.

        • DJ_44

          Credit where it is due. The last stretch of games for Hutton, he looked more like the hungry rookie we saw four seasons ago. He was terrible for one and a half seasons. It was basically a general lack of effort (probably combined with an unacceptable fitness level).

          Credit also has to go to Gudbranson. His game has not changed, other than he is moving up in the offensive zone more (which is good). He is also been a physical beast down low.

          • TheRealPB

            I have to disagree about Gudbranson’s game. I think he looks markedly different this year. He is stepping up more decisively, he isn’t getting beaten to the outside (as much) and in general the front of the net is less messy. I have been most impressed though by his outlet passes. I should look more closely at the numbers but the eye test at least suggests crisper and more decisive passes out of the zone.

        • Macksonious

          To be fair to the pundits, Hutton didn’t play very well in his last 2 seasons, so the questions about his future were valid. His career appeared to be at the crossroads.

          He deserves full credit for answering coach Green’s challenge and now looks like a legit top 4 defenceman. Good on him.

    • canuckfan

      I was one who thought Hutton was not going to make the team. He had a lot of playing time during the exhibition games and when he didn’t make the opening night roster most including me thought he was done. Green has been able to bring out the best in players such as Hutton. Look forward to Hutton moving forward and realizing he had better keep working hard as it doesn’t take much before someone else comes in to challenge for a position. Glad that he is having a good run and is enjoying himself.

    • LorneM

      From what I remember, CA backed up Hutton long past anyone else. I’m pretty sure it was us in the comments who were picking him apart last year. I’m pretty sure most of the writers here said he was good enough to play in the NHL, but just by the team’s attitude towards him he would probably start in the minors/be traded.

      • Tof Ino

        I am loving Hutton this season, this is the kind of offensive minded D-man the whole league is looking for now. Let’s not forget this kid was a fifth round pick. Benning did well here.

          • Canuck4Life20

            Nice set up by the multi-troll and a couple people fell for it. Yes three players on a roster of 21 is an amazing legacy. Great call. Just like when you told us Benning should have drafted Glass or Vilardi instead of Pettersson, then changed your mind to Middlestadt a year later. Great call.

        • Sandpaper

          He was a Gillis pick.
          Agree with you that he has been playing well, so far.
          Hopefully the Hutton-Gudbranson pairing can continue playing as well as they played last night, it will make for a nice top 4, when Edler and Tanev return.
          I also thought the Stecher-Pouliot pairing had a pretty nice game last night.

          • Beer Can Boyd

            Except for that play in the 3rd period when Pouliot threw it blindly from behind his own net directly into the slot. He’s good for at least one of those per game, and it has to stop. Also, I never thought I’d say this, but Gudbranson has been great since Tanev and Elder went down.

        • Jamie E

          He is not an offensive defenseman. He’s a transitional defenseman who can move the puck up the ice with either his passing or skating ability. Offensive D-men score points. That’s what earns them that descriptor. Hutton, to this point, hasn’t earned that.

    • Dirk22

      Another day, another false claim.

      CA had been Hutton’s most ardent supporter. Any notion that he would be traded etc has to do with his deployment last year – not his play.

      • Defenceman Factory

        You don’t usually show up after a win as it is more difficult to find something to whine about but here you are whining again. And clearly demonstrating your lack of reading comprehension. CA consistently said they expected Hutton to be traded or otherwise gone. Not because they believe he is a poor player but because they believe Green and Benning were going to make a mistake.

        • North Van Halen

          From the moment the Botch & the bloggers claimed the Canucks were looking to move on from Hutton, I was stating Hutton was getting the ‘tough love treatment’ ala Jake and Goldie. Botch & the Bloggers vehemently & repeatedly stated Hutton was undeservedly sitting behind MDZ and this was proof the Canucks had lost faith and couldn’t move on fas enough.

          I must have stated a dozen times if Hutton gets in shape and works as hard as MDZ he would start in front of him. Until then, he would sit. Hmmm, was it too obvious? or was implying the Canucks were too stupid to know what they had too enticing?

          • Fort McMurray FD

            Got any links to prove it? If so, when can we expect you in the NHL, great hockey minds like yours shouldn’t be wasted on blogs and in peeler bars…

          • North Van Halen

            I’ll leave that to you and your multiple personalities. By all means, stock me like you do Bud and find my old quotes. I wrote it at least a dozen times. At least.

          • North Van Halen

            Aug 4, 5:24pm
            I’m just not sure why the blogger/Botchford crowd can’t figure out what happened with Hutton. The Canucks/ Travis Green saw a guy that took his 2nd contract worth $2.8mil/yr as the finish line and not as the beginning. Hutton got lazy, fat and complacent and then Green hit him with the tough love, learn a lesson treatment.
            They did it with Jake, they did it with Goldie, now they’ve done it with Hutton.
            Vancouver wanted a hungry, hard-working Hutton, not the lazy soft one that showed up last year. His value to this team, if he’s actually willing to get his nose dirty is sooooo much more than whatever 5th or 6th rounder thy could get for him (while retaining salary), it’s ridiculous to think the Canucks are trying to move him and not teach him.

            JD Burke
            Aug 4, 8:25pm
            @Drew S. I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with almost all of this. There just isn’t any data-based evidence that suggests Ben Hutton was bad last season — it doesn’t exist. And I’m quite certain based on the people that I talk to that they do want to deal Hutton, but can’t find suitors.
            Aug 4, 10:44pm


            So points isn’t a stat anymore? He had 6 while being one of the softest 6’1″ 210lbs dmen in the league. When Hutton gives the effort MDZ does he’ll have his spot not because he has a good corsi.
            I’m quite certain every left side dman they have is in play (Edler if he’d waived his no trade) to make room for Oli & Quinn without talking to anyone.
            And you honestly think last season’s benchings had nothing to do with Green being pissed at Hutton’s fitness levels and effort, only that he believes MDZ is better? Sure man whatever you say.

        • Dirk22

          my gosh, two put downs in successive days from you DF….yet no reply ever on your little Linden fib you threw in there.

          Anyways, before you put more words in Beer Can’s mouth by implying what he was saying, I’ll let you read this tweet from Freidman last year:

          [email protected] “They would move Hutton if there was interest. $2.8M is a big number, so it might take some creativity, but Hutton is available.”

          CA’s reports that he was likely to be traded are substantiated unless you think Friedman is lying too…but you’re saying CA was coming up with these rumors based on their dislike for Benning?

          • Defenceman Factory

            I didn’t tell any Linden fib I simply said that with the Sedins and Linden gone I hope the Canucks take a more conventional approach to rebuilding. Linden was quoted at one point as saying a full on rebuild would not be fair to the Sedins. There has certainly been involvement by ownership and Linden in many of the management decisions.

            You have a clear bias as to why the Canucks have made all of the poor decisions they have made. What you fail to realize is your opinion is simply the reiteration of the unsubstantiated opinions of others. The fact you never post anything positive or hopeful regardless of how well the Canucks might perform, your constant portrayal of Benning as a drooling simpleton and ridicule of anything that deviates from your narrow point of view have all become tiresome. You used to come across like you had informed opinions. Unfortunately your comments have regressed to be nothing more than negative fluff.

          • Dirk22

            Oh please DF…or should we dig up some of your Gillis quotes.

            Your implication of Linden holding things up was either ignorant or you twisting things to suit your own bias. I’ve heard every excuse in the book for Benning’s approach to this rebuild: Aquilini, the Sedins, Gillis, fan support….now we’ve got Linden to blame so thanks for adding to the pile.

  • DJ_44

    Great game last night. The Canucks are a fast and entertaining team.

    I like putting a strong, physical worker like Schaller with Bo. They dominated down low. I also think that a big physical player should be put with Pettersson and Boeser. Goldobin does not do it for me. Maybe Archibald, or my preference MacEwen. Big body, pound the boards, and make space for both Pettersson and Brock.

    The PP has to play with a sense of urgency and concern. Waaaaay too relaxed. I would put Eriksson on the first unit as the bumper and garbage man. I would also consider putting Del Zotto on the PP. He can put the puck in the appropriate wheelhouses, and he can shoot the puck as well.

    • Killer Marmot

      I agree about the power play. Teams often stop skating when they have the man advantage, bit it’s speed that drives the other team back and allows for a controlled entry into the offensive zone.

  • Kootenaydude

    Wow! Apparently Horvat is the Rodney Dangerfield of this team and gets no respect from CA. The guy played more difficult minutes than any forward. Over 22 minutes. Also when’s the last time someone on the Canucks took 36 faceoffs? Horvat was the only Canuck capable of winning faceoffs last night and took pretty much every faceoff in the second half of the game. Gets the puck to Granlund for the first goal. Makes the outlet pass on the Goldobin, Del Zotto to Pettersson goal. Takes the faceoff and hits the puck forward on the Boeser to Pettersson goal. Horvat put this team on his shoulders last night and all people care about is their shiny new toy Pettersson. Don’t get me wrong. I think Pettersson is a very talented player, but it was Horvat that was the captain of this team last night.

      • Beer Can Boyd

        Patience. Goldy has been working hard, but has had some terrible puck luck this season. He’s due for a breakout game. The excitement level in the building goes through the roof when that line is on the ice.

    • Rodeobill

      i agree. He has been a beast this season so far. I wasn’t sure who should be the captain at the start of this year, but damned if Horvat hasn’t played like it all year. He doesn’t stop even when things get tough. He plays with passion, and is relentless.

  • Holly Wood

    Gotta love it when 3 of the CA whipping boys (Gudbranson, Hutton and Virtanen) come through in a big way. All of them have been roasted on here, by both the editorial staff and many of the commenters. Surprisingly a dozen or so of the commenters are now back on the Hutton train.