The Canucks have been outscored 15-2 in the third period this season. Both, Yegor Sharangovich and Jack Hughes scored and notched an assist and the New Jersey Devils beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 in Vancouver, on Tuesday.
The Match Highlights
The N J Devils managed to register 37 shots on goal compared to the Canucks who had 23. Jack Hughes had eight SOG, The BMW Line combined for seven SOGs, and Jonas Siegenthaler delivered four SOGs and five blocks.
Nico Hischier, Michael McLeod and Dawson Mercer also had goals for the Devils (7-3-0), who won their fourth game in a row for the first time since October 2018.
New Jersey netminder Mackenzie Blackwood made 21 saves and improved his career record against Vancouver to 5-0-0.
Thatcher Demko stopped 32-of-36 shots for Vancouver. Ethan Bear used his mobility excellently to make a defensive stop on Jack Hughes off the rush.
Vancouver made a late push, pulling Demko in favour of an extra attacker after New Jersey’s Ryan Graves was called for holding with 3:34 left on the game clock.
The Canucks took an advantage with power-play tally after Brendan Smith was called for interference 16:15 into the second.
Eight seconds in, Miller put the puck on Horvat’s tape and Vancouver’s captain sent a slap shot past Blackwood to make it 4-1.
Finally the home side was crushed by 5-2. After Canuck’s defeat, Allvin met the media Wednesday to discuss the Canucks being the only winless team in the NHL and what it’s going to take to turn things around. He said he supports Boudreau and the coaching staffs.
“I definitely have faith in this young core,” he said. “We have a lot of young and good players here. I believe we’re the sixth youngest team in the League on the opening-night roster, so I definitely think this young group has still a lot of things to learn and part of it is facing diversity here and how they come out of it.”
The Canuck’s squad has been suffering from a rush of injuries that includes team’s top defenseman Quinn Hughes is missing the past two games. But Allvin didn’t consider it as an excuse.
“I think the players coming up have shown they’re capable,” he said. “I don’t think that’s been an issue. We need to have our top players to buy in and be the top players every single day you walk in here to the rink, and I think that’s the difference right now.”
However, Boudreau assured that Hughes will soon back to the ice.
He said, “I’m pretty sure next week Hughes will be playing. “He was on the ice this morning and feeling a lot better. It’s not long-term injuries with these guys.”