The Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild in game three of the NHL play-in round on Thursday. Game three was worse for the Wild then game two was. Scoring zero goals in any game is heart wrenching. Nothing really happened in the first period, though both teams looked stronger than they did in the first two games. A good period if you like good goaltending.
The second period was a touch more entertaining, with a goal from Minnesota native and former Wild fan Brock Boeser. The assist was awarded to last year’s rookie of the year, Elias Petterson, and this year’s potential rookie of the year, Quinn Hughes.
Fast Forward to the game’s final frame. We’ve got Joel Eriksson Ek, Jordan Greenway and Kevin Fiala on the ice, a different line then Sunday night with Ryan Donato, Zach Parise and Fiala on the starting line. All Minnesota needed here was the tying goal and it would look good going forward. Well, that didn’t happen with Ek fumbling a pass and then a shift later, Brad Hunt taking a bad pass and losing the puck to Antione Rousell. He then took it to the net and banked it in on the left side of Alex Stalock.
The third goal was a breakaway power play goal by Elias Petterson with the assist being awarded to Quinn Hughes. The goal could have been scored by anybody reading this if they got a pass as good as the one from Hughes to Petterson.
Dean Eveson, being the calm and collected man that he is, simply told his team, “We have the opportunity to tie the series tomorrow. That’s our thought process, that’s our mentality.”
What he didn’t say was more concerning than what he did say. Ryan Suter left the game with six minutes left in the game’s final frame. He did so after his left ankle appeared to have been slashed by Loui Eriksson. No comment on the play was made by Eveson.
Minnesota looks to even the series during when the two square off in the late game on Friday. Puck drop is at 10:45pmET at Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton. The game is available for viewing on Sportsnet Ontario, NBCSN and NHL.TV. The game will also be carried on TVA Sports to be viewed in French. As well, it can be heard via radio on Sportsnet 650 and KFAN 100.3.