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Virtanen’s Second-Interval Aim Helps Elevate the Canucks Previous the Coyotes Three-1

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Jake Virtanen scored halfway by the second interval to attain a career-high 26 factors in a season because the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Arizona Coyotes Three-1 Thursday evening.

Jake Virtanen, Vancouver Canucks (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson, into an empty internet, additionally scored for the Canucks (26-18-Four) who gained for the 10th time in 13 video games.

Elias Pettersson had a pair of assists for the Canucks. Whereas Pearson’s objective was the 100th of his profession.

Christian Dvorak scored for the Coyotes (26-19-5) who’re 1-Three-1 over their final 5 video games.

The win made an already tight Pacific Division even nearer. Arizona and Calgary are tied with 57 factors. Vegas and Vancouver are subsequent with 56, whereas Edmonton is one behind them.

Canuck goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who made his 16th begin in 18 video games, stopped 34 pictures. He made a giant right-pad save on Jason Demers late within the third interval to protect the win.

Jacob Markstrom, Vancouver Canucks (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Adin Hill, making his third straight begin, made 22 saves for Arizona.

Virtanen scored the one objective of the second interval. He took a cross from J.T. Miller and swooped behind the Arizona internet earlier than backhanding a shot that hit Hill’s left skate and bounced into the web. It was his 14th objective of the season, one lower than his career-high set final 12 months.

The groups had been tied after the primary interval.

A defensive miscue arrange the Coyote’s opening objective at 7:59. When Vancouver defenceman Tyler Myers did not clear a bouncing puck, Taylor Corridor discovered Dvorak in entrance of the web. He scored his 12th of the season with a low shot to the far facet.

Vancouver made it 1-1 on an influence play at 15:01. Rookie defenceman Quinn Hughes boomed a shot from the blue line that Hill stopped solely to have Horvat knock within the rebound. Horvat has 13 factors (six targets, seven assists) within the final eight video games.

NOTES: After Thursday the Canucks play 18 of their remaining 34 video games at Rogers Enviornment. Vancouver is 15-5-Three at residence and 11-13-1 on the street. … Brandon Sutter returned to the Vancouver lineup after lacking 4 weeks with what he says was a again downside. … The Canucks had been outscored 22-14 whereas going 2-Three-Zero of their current five-game street journey. … Arizona goaltender Antti Raanta (decrease physique) practiced Thursday and will play in opposition to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Jan. 16, 2020.

Jim Morris, The Canadian Press

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