Dallas came into Sunday’s game on a five-game winning streak.
Vancouver came in on a four-game losing streak.
Which team would give in?
Surely not Johnny Canuck’s team.
Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves for his second career shutout as the Canucks blew out the Stars 6-0. After calling out the team for their recent sloppy play, they go out and look like a playoff team. Markstrom said, “We weren’t happy with the result and how we were playing hockey. It’s frustrating when we know how good we can play. This was a perfect example.”
The Canucks came out firing with 10 of the first 11 shots on goal and ended the first period with a 16-6 advantage.
Reid Boucher opened-up the scoring with a beautiful shot from behind the net that hit the top right corner of the goal. Boucher would score again off a re-direct on a Derrick Pouliot shot.
Jake Virtanen and Thomas Vanek also scored in the first 13 minutes. Virtanen’s goal came on a breakaway after picking off Mattias Janmark’s pass in the Vancouver zone. Vanek’s goal was created from passes across the blue line by both Sedins.
Bo Horvat scored on the power play which was made possible by a sneaky good set up by Brock Boeser. Even Defenseman Erik Gudbranson joined the party, scoring the final goal of the game.
Brock Boeser played on Sunday after missing Friday’s game with a hand injury. Green said the injury was “a bruise.” The pain Boeser was feeling Friday had subsided and he was good to go. He looked as good as ever, barely missing the net on a couple of occasions and setting up Horvat’s goal.
Perhaps the most surprising stat of the game was Vancouver’s 20 blocked shots. Gudbranson led the team with five.
Sunday’s win marks the Canucks’ first regulation win against Dallas since Feb. 21, 2013. The Stars were 13-0-1 in the previous 14 games against Vancouver. The loss prevented the Stars from passing St. Louis for third place in the Central Division.
The Canucks will host their next game against the Panthers on Wednesday and visit San Jose on Thursday.