WINNIPEG (NEWS 1130) – When the Canucks look back at what went wrong this season, special teams should be at the top of the list. This time, their penalty kill gave up goals on each attempt they faced in a 2-1 loss to the Jets.
It was tied until 12 minutes into the final period. With Winnipeg on a man advantage, Sven Baertschi was robbed by Michael Hutchinson on a two-on-one.
The Jets came storming back down the ice, and Matthew Perreault set up Adam Lowry in the slot. He made no mistake going up and over Miller, giving Winnipeg its second power play goal of the game.
Vancouver’s penalty kill fell to 25th in the league, while its power play sits in 28th.
Alex Edler opened the scoring with just 21.6 seconds left on the clock in the first. His point shot deflected off of Josh Morrisey and beat Hutchinson, giving the Canucks lead after one period. Bo Horvat had an assist on the goal, putting him up to 50 points for the season.
Vancouver’s blue line took a hit in the first 20 minutes. Rookie defenceman Troy Stecher suffered an upper body injury and did not return.
Winnipeg carried the play in the second and were finally able to strike with just over six minutes left in the period. The Jets played keep-away from the Canucks before Perreault’s wrist shot beat Ryan Miller high glove side, evening things up going into the third.
Bo Horvat had a great chance to tie it in the last minute, but Hutchinson robbed him from in-close.
Ryan Miller was sharp in the loss making 30 saves.
Vancouver rookie Brock Boeser played 17:52, had two shots on goal and finished +1 in his third game in as many days.
The Canucks finished their road trip 2-3-0 and are home against Anaheim on Tuesday.