Canucks win third straight win with Boudreau, beat Jets in shootout
VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Canucks won their third straight game with new coach Bruce Boudreau, 4-3 in a shootout against the Winnipeg Jets at Rogers Arena on Friday.
Nils hoglander scored two goals and Thatcher Demko made 34 saves for the Canucks (11-15-2), who have won three in a row for the first time this season.
Elias pettersson scored the only goal in the shootout for Vancouver, which has won five of its last six games. The Canucks were 1-8-1 in the previous 10 games and fired coach Travis Green on Sunday.
Blake wheeler and Kyle connor each had a goal and two assists, and Eric Comrie made 33 saves in his first start since Nov. 19 for the Jets (13-9-5), who had won three of four.
Wheeler left at 8:44 of the third period after his right knee flexed in a collision with a teammate Nathan Beaulieu in a shorthanded scrum atop the Jets fold.
Hoglander went 1-0 and ended a 12-game drought at 6:29 of the first period with a movement between the legs in the lunge and a high backhand.
Wheeler tied 1-1 with a receiving shot on the power play at 11:07, his first goal since May 11 (23 games).
Hoglander made it 2-1 at 7:40 pm on a rushed shot from the top of the left face-off circle that slipped out of Comrie’s glove.
Connor tied it 2-2 on a back pass from Wheeler at 6:09 of the second period.
Conor garland gave the Canucks a 3-2 lead in a breakaway at 7:06, but Mark Scheifele tied 3-3 at 11:08 with a Connor cross pass.