Are the Vancouver Canucks Growing Up?
The Vancouver Canucks were a borderline playoff team when the season paused back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Vancouver has made the most of their opportunity so far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and they won Game 2 against the (1) Vegas Golden Knights 5-2. The series is now tied at one.
The Canucks are a very young hockey club under Head Coach Travis Green, but they are very talented and have a bright future ahead of them. Green is in his third season as the head coach of this franchise. This is the first time since the 2015 season Vancouver has been in the postseason.
The Vancouver Canucks lost to the Calgary Flames in six games that season. Vancouver has done a very nice job rebuilding its roster ever since though.
They defeated the (10) Minnesota Wild in four games in the Qualifying Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in four games.
The Canucks then shocked the world in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by defeating them in six games. That was the biggest upset in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In this series, Vancouver believes that they can win this series as well and maybe win it all. They have never won it all in franchise history before though.
The last time they were in the Stanley Cup Finals was in 2011, where they lost to the Boston Bruins in seven games and the Vancouver Canucks blew a 2-0 series lead. Alain Vigneault was the head coach at the time and he is now the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Bo Horvat scored a power-play goal 10:59 into the first period to go up 2-0. It was assisted by Tyler Toffoli and Elias Pettersson.
Horvat is the heart and soul of this Vancouver Canucks team. He is also a very gritty captain and leader on this hockey team.
This is his third multi-goal game of the postseason here though.
With just 1:25 remaining in the second-period (18:35) and leading 2-1, Elias Pettersson scored a sick goal on Robin Lehner and (5) Vancouver then went up 3-1. It was assisted by Alexander Edler and Tyler Toffoli.
This was Toffoli’s first game back from injury. He and Tanner Pearson were both teammates on the Los Angeles Kings at one point and were both acquired in separate trades though.
Just 18 seconds into the third-period, Bo Horvat scored his second goal of the game. It was assisted by Brock Boeser and Alexander Edler. (4-1)
With the score at 4-2 with 30 seconds remaining in regulation, Tanner Pearson scored an empty-net goal (19:30) for the Vancouver Canucks. It was assisted by J.T. Miller.
This team has good chemistry and cohesion right now. We will see how much deeper they can go. If they pull off another stunning upset, Vancouver would face either the (3) Dallas Stars or the (2) Colorado Avalanche.
Even if they don’t win this series, the Vancouver Canucks are growing up in a hurry and they hope they can bring a Stanley Cup home to the city of Vancouver one day though, and also hope there will be no riots if they lose ever again in the Stanley Cup Finals though.
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