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Boeser, Pettersson help Canucks top Wild 3-0 for series lead

Minnesota Wild's Jared Spurgeon (46) kneels as Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat (53), Brock Boeser (6) and Elias Pettersson (40) celebrate a goal during second-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta. Photo: Associated Press. Minnesota Wild's Jared Spurgeon (46) kneels as Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat (53), Brock Boeser (6) and Elias Pettersson (40) celebrate a goal during second-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta.

Associated Press
Created: August 06, 2020 04:52 PM

Brock Boeser and Elias Petterson each had a power-play goal and an assist, Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves for his first postseason shutout, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five qualifier series Thursday.

Antoine Roussel and Elias Pettersson also scored for the Canucks, who outlasted the Wild in another penalty-filled, extra-testy matchup and moved within one game of advancing to the first round in their first appearance in the playoffs since 2015.

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The teams played 33:49 without scoring, until Boeser got Vancouver going late in the second period with a falling-down backhander off the ricochet from Pettersson's shot. Boeser, a native of Minnesota who grew up about 20 miles from the Wild's arena, has three points in three games.

Roussel made it 2-0 just 2:18 into the third by beating Brad Hunt on a breakaway and flipping the puck over Wild goalie Alex Stalock's left shoulder with a backhand shot.

Pettersson added the insurance goal with 1:22 left on the seventh power play of the game for the Canucks. The Wild went 0 for 7 and are 2 for 17 for the series.

The frequent whistles played to Vancouver's advantage, putting that talented top line on the ice time after time and minimizing Minnesota's forward depth in 5-on-5 play.

There were countless scrums, hits and shoves throughout the contest, with both Markstrom and Stalock taking a few blows around the net themselves. At one point, Minnesota's Ryan Hartman tried to check Jay Beagle and wound up hitting teammate Carson Soucy instead midway through the second period.

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Game 4 is on Friday night at Rogers Place at 10:45 p.m. EDT.


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