Canucks Post Game: Petterssons persistence, penalty-kill presence, Markstroms adventure

Canucks Post Game: Pettersson\s persistence, penalty-kill presence, Markstrom\s adventure
Laines hat trick lifts Jets over Canucks
VANCOUVER — Eighteen games into the season and Winnipeg Jets right-winger Patrik Laine had only scored once at even strength.

Laine led his team to a 6-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks with a hat trick, putting up two even-strength goals and an empty netter.

“Im not going to say it out loud but obviously its bothering because youre not producing five-on-five,” the 20-year-old said after the win.

“But when you stay patient and work hard you are going to get rewarded like I got rewarded tonight. … And from now on if I dont score in the next 20 (games) 5-on-5 I am not going to lose it. I am just going to stay patient and keep working hard.”

Laines linemate, Bryan Little, said the Finnish forward is getting back into a grove after a rough start to the season.

“He is really hard on himself and wants to get better at every aspect of his game,” Little said. “For him its just staying positive and not being so hard on himself.”

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Monday was a big night for Laine, Little and left-winger Kyle Connor. Their line combined for nine points.

There has to be fatigue among the players, as they have been away from home for so long. Playing every second day along with flights and hotels doesn’t make it easy on a team that is already decimated with injuries to topflight contributors. This includes Brock Boeser, Alex Edler and the centre duo of Brandon Sutter and Jay Beagle.

“I always liked playing with those two and we are starting to build some chemistry between the three of us,” said Laine. “And today it was just kind of clicking right off the hop and we just have to keep playing like this. Its hard for opponents to defend against four good lines.”

The Canucks didn’t decide to play 14 of their first 22 games on the road, and surely a homestand would be ideal at this time in the season, but unfortunately that is not the case. After the Canucks home game against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night, the Canucks will take off on a California swing.

“Our line is pretty dynamic,” said Connor, whos riding a five-game point streak. “We can score off the rush, we had some good O-zone time too. You never want to be one-dimensional as a player or a line.”

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 22-of-25 shots for the Jets and Jacob Markstrom made 43 saves for the Canucks.

The Jets 49 shots on goal were the most Vancouver has allowed in a single game all season and extends the Canucks losing streak to six games. But Vancouver head coach Travis Green said he still saw positives in his teams performance, especially after going down 4-1 in the second period.

Video: Laines sixth hat trick powers Jets past Canucks, 6-3

“We made a game of it,” Green said. “I didnt expect them to just lay down. Weve talked about how we want to play. And part of how we want to play is when its hard. When youre up against it a little bit, youve got to dig deep and play.”

From this point on, the Canucks will have four different occasions where they will have a homestand of at least five games, and will only be on the road again once more for more than five games.

The effort gives the Canucks something to build on, said Sam Gagner, who played his first NHL game of the season on Monday. The veteran centre was sent to the American Hockey League to start the campaign.

They’ll play the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday and follow that up by back to back games on Friday and Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, respectively.

“Thats got to be our identity, that we just keep coming,” Gagner said. “I think youre not always going to have it but youve got to find a way to get your legs under you and get some energy.”

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Both teams are now hitting the road. The Jets will be in Calgary on Wednesday to battle the Flames while the Canucks are off to California, where theyll face the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.

Notes: Laine now has six career hat tricks. Wayne Gretzky is the only NHL player to have posted more three-goal games before his 21st birthday. Gretzky had 12 in his first 210 games. … Injured Canucks defenceman Alex Edler is expected to join his teammates for their upcoming road trip. … Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson now has 19 points in his first 17 NHL games.

Note to readers: This is a corrected version of an earlier story. Elias Pettersson has 12 goals in his first 17 NHL games, not 19 as previously stated.

In todays News & Notes, Sam Gagner has been recalled from the AHL, Kevan Miller is expected to return from injury and the NHL has announced their three stars of the week.

The Jets' 49 shots on goal were the most Vancouver has allowed in a single game all season and extends the Canucks' losing streak to six games.

The Vancouver Canucks have recalled Gagner from the AHL after the team loaned him to the Toronto Marlies in October. Gagner is in the second year of a three-year contract worth $9.45 million. Unfortunately, his production of only 10 goals and 31 points in 74 games in his first season in Columbus after a breakout 18-goal, 50-point campaign in Columbus was far from enough to justify keeping him in the lineup on a nightly basis.

Rather than assigning Gagner to the Utica Comets, the AHL affiliate of the Canucks, the team elected to loan him to the Toronto Marlies to send him closer to home as Gagner is originally from London, Ontario.eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],thehockeywriters_com-medrectangle-3,ezslot_1]));

Laine took advantage of the opportunity, collecting the puck and getting off a quick wristshot that sailed past Markstrom to make it 4-1 for the Jets.

Video: NHL Highlights | Jets vs. Canucks – Nov. 19, 2018

The Canucks owner wasnt originally a fan of the team sending him to the AHL so this decision is probably one that will please him.

When they made that decision to put Sam in the minors, when they told me, I wasnt happy about it, Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini said. I mean, its $3 million (per season). Its crazy, but thats what was necessary.

Midway through the second period, Pettersson and Hutton collided while trying to clear the puck from in front of the Vancouver net.

When the Boston Bruins take on the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, theyll likely be doing so with Miller in their lineup. The veteran defender has been out of the teams lineup since Oct. 19 with an upper-body injury and will help the Bruins greatly as theyre currently missing Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, John Moore, Urho Vaakanainen and Miller on the back-end. At forward, the team is also missing Patrice Bergeron.

The left-winger is riding a five-game point streak where he's notched four goals and three assists.

While losing so many defenders and players in general is bad news, the Bruins also lost the vast majority of their regular penalty killers due to injuries. Miller returning will give the team a huge boost in that department but the Bruins are still far from fully healthy.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 22-of-25 shots for the Jets and Jacob Markstrom made 43 saves for the Canucks.

Joe Pavelski has been named the NHLs third star of the week after recording three multi-point efforts in as many games last week. The Sharks captain shared in the league-lead with five goals and was third overall in scoring with six points in three games. He now has 13 goals and 16 points in 21 games this season.

The Finnish right winger put the puck into an empty net with less than two minutes to go seal the game.

Corey Crawford has been named the NHLs second star of the week following a 2-0-1 week that saw him flash a dazzling 0.65 goals-against average and .980 save percentage. Its hard to have a better week than Crawford did last week as the veteran recorded his 24th career shutout and allowed only two goals in three games. The only loss he suffered was at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings in a 2-1 shootout loss that saw him make 31 of 32 saves in regulation and overtime.

Cam Atkinson has been named the NHLs first star of the week after he scored five goals, tied with Pavelski for the league-lead, and eight points in three games. The Blue Jackets went undefeated in those three games last week and the Columbus Blue Jackets remain atop the Metropolitan Division as a result. Atkinson scored his fifth-career hat trick last week as well tying him with Rick Nash for the most hat-tricks in the history of the Blue Jackets franchise. Atkinson is up to 12 goals and 20 points in 19 games this season.

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