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Pearson և Miller leads Canucks 4-2 ahead of senators

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Tanner Pearson ե T Miller scored in the third round and the Vancouver Canox beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Saturday night.

Nate Schmidt and Brock Boezer also scored for Vancouver, while Bo Horvat made two assists. Braden Holtby had 26 saves, including a penalty kick.

The Canucks are eight points behind the Montreal Canadiens, who are fourth in the playoffs in the Northern Division, but Vancouver are five games behind. Calgary Flames is in the middle, և four points more than Canucks է has played six more games.

“Every game must be won. “You want to give yourself the best opportunity possible,” Pearson said. “Obviously we have games on hand that can be crucial for us. We have to keep pushing, play one game at a time, stay in the victory column. “

Vancouver’s victory came after senators defeated the Canucks 3-0 on Thursday. Coach Travis Green liked a lot of what Canux did this week, but he saw room for improvement.

“Our games have been solid in many areas. “I thought our five or five games were much better,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then that we had almost shot ourselves in the leg tonight. We need to play a little smarter at certain times. We can not impose so many fines. »

Yevgeny Dadonov scored and assisted, and Colin White also scored for the Senators, who broke a three-game winning streak.

Matt Murray started և blocking 12 of 13 shots before getting injured early in the second half. Markus Hogberg came to the rescue with 18 saves.

The senators planned to put Anton Forsberg in the goal, and Murray would act as a reserve. However, Forsberg injured his lower body during the warm-up and did not take the ice.

“Things are happening in the NHL, you have to adjust,” said Sen. Coach DJ Smith. “But I thought we played well enough, probably to get points. “We just played a little bit more openly when the game ended in a draw.

The teams continue their four-game series Monday through Wednesday evening in Ottawa.

Dadanov tied the score at 2-2, leaving the score at 8:08 in the third to score his 13th goal of the year with a helpless blast that went over Holtby’s glove.

Pearson was less than 2 minutes ahead of Vancouver. Croatia invaded the last part of the senators, the hole slipped to Pearson above the hole. Pearson took a few steps forward and then hit Hogberg on a stick for his ninth goal of the season.

Miller sealed the victory with an empty net from the top of the fold, with 54 seconds left.

The Canucks opened the scoring soon after, forcing them to circulate in Ottawa to Schmidt. The defender unleashed the goal with a long shot, hit the fourth one – 1:43.

A shot from Conor Brown near the blue line hit the front of the fold, where White and Virtanen fought for the cat. It hit the Virtanen’s skate ով sailed past Holtby, but White counted 8. The ninth goal of the year on the 32nd.

Ottawa made a 4:27 change in the net after tangling in the fold of the second, Murray և Vancouver ike ake Virtanen. The goalkeeper grabbed his stick at Vancouver’s right foot and dragged it in, triggering a ringing bell. Murray was also injured during the game, shaking his leg before going to the locker room.

Vancouver quickly took advantage of Murray’s penalty kick. Quinn Hughes cut a clear pass to Boeser և he broke it from the right-hand point, beating Hogberg for his 17th side to 4. In the 46th minute, the Canucks were ahead 2-1.

“When we entered this game, we knew that (the power game) had to make a difference, because that was a key part of the last game. “It was huge to get one right away,” Boezer said.

Holtby was tested in the second half after defender Tyler Myers was called to cut Alex Formenton in the separatist area. The senators’ left-hander was awarded an 11-meter kick, but Holtby quietly pushed Formenton back as he weaved his right-hand shot.

Holtby, 31, seems freer and more confident than he was at the start of this season.

“It’s great to see,” said the coach. “He is a great person, a great teammate. He has had a great career so far, he is still relatively young. And it’s amazing to see that. I’m happy for him. “

Holtby called Saturday’s victory a “cunning effort.”

“I thought it was one of those games that could be against you very quickly, if there were savers at the other end, the momentum would go that way,” he said. “I think our boys did a great job hanging out there, playing plays when it was needed.”

ELECTRICAL CHAIRS

Vancouver with a male advantage 1: It was 4 o’clock. The Canucks got their third hockey shot in the third two minutes and five minutes after Artem and Ubi և called Eric Brannstrոմm a high cross. After that, Vancouver recorded only one goal during the power play.

Ottawa failed to take advantage of five power shows, including a four-minute double by Virtanen, who took the second half for a high stick, which left the senators with a bloody nose, newcomer Tim Statsley.

Physical

Vancouver’s Jace Havrilyuk needed some medical attention in the first place after throwing down his gloves with Branstrom. The Ottawa defender questioned that Havrilyuk had beaten him along the final boards, and the Kanakers were quick to take on the challenge. Each was handed a 5-minute major fight.

RETURN SERIES:

Alex Edler returned to the Canucks with a two-match ban for a knee injury to Toronto’s Zakh Himan. Vancouver Zack MacEwen և Tyler Motte have been playing their first games since March 24.

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