The Canucks flip the switch in a 4-3 comeback against Colorado

Well, that was different for the Vancouver Canucks.

The team began a three-game road trip Wednesday night, taking on Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche at the Ball Arena.

It hadn’t been the best start to the week for the Canucks, who blew another multi-goal lead en route to another disappointing loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday that left fans and media alike of communication were enthusiastic. the season is getting longer.

Yet despite Monday’s third-period collapse (seventh of the season, we might add), Vancouver still seemed optimistic about turning around the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Let’s start with the lineup.

Much to the delight of the fan base, the biggest addition took place on the blue line, with head coach Bruce Boudreau finally returning Kyle Burroughs to the third pairing in place of Riley Stillman.

The bench boss also made a change in the crease, opting to start Spencer Martin between the pipes over Thatcher Demko. Both goaltenders have put up subpar underlying numbers this season, but there’s no doubt that Martin has been the better of the two in this tandem, forcing Boudreau to make the decision to bench his presumed starter again, who was on top during Monday’s loss. against Las Vegas.

As expected, it was a fast-paced and intense contest against the Avalanche, with players like MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar showing exactly why they are three of the best in the entire game.

The Canucks managed to strike first in the contest, and very early to boot, thanks to Ilya Mikheyev’s fifth tally of the season. The Avalanche, as expected, responded immediately, with two goals from Rantanen in the second half of the first half to give his team the lead heading into the first break.

Enter Bo Horvat.

As we’ve seen so many times this season, the captain stepped up when his side needed it, burying his 16th goal of the year to bring the game back into the tie. With the goal, Horvat is now tied with Connor McDavid and Jason Robertson for the most goals among all players.

Alas, the Avalanche made sure to find a way to answer, with Makar scoring a powerplay tally to restore his team’s only goal with less than five minutes remaining in the middle.

Now, at this point, it would have been typical for Canucks fans to lose all faith in this team.

With just 20 minutes left to score at least two more goals against one of the best teams in the league, while making sure he doesn’t create any offense of his own against one of the most expensive, but also most painfully flawed, bluelines. ? That doesn’t sound too fun to watch.

But against all odds, Vancouver managed to turn the tide, with Sheldon Dries and Ethan Bear leading the offensive charge en route to a 4-3 final score in Denver.

Both Dries and Bear finished the game with two points apiece, while Martin stopped 33 of 36 pucks thrown at him, taking his overall record to 5-1-1 with a .901 SV% and 3.42 GAA.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson was the other player to post a multi-point night with two assists, while Elias Pettersson extended his point streak to four games with a apple of his own.

With the win, Vancouver improved their record to 7-10-3, and tied them for fifth place in the Pacific Division with the San Jose Sharks.

The Canucks are now off for a few days until their rematch Saturday night against Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena. The disc release is scheduled for 7:00 PM PST.

What did you think of Wednesday’s win in Colorado? Let us know in the comments!


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