by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent
VANCOUVER — J.T. Miller had five assists, and the Vancouver Canucks gained ground in the Western Conference wild card race with a 7-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Rogers Arena on Thursday.
The Canucks moved five points behind the Dallas Stars, who lost 3-2 in overtime to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, and the Nashville Predators, who lost 4-0 to the Edmonton Oilers, for the second wild card in the west.
Chiasson put the Canucks ahead 1-0 at 10:18 of the first period by redirecting a Miller pass at the side of the crease.
Sheldon Dries scored his first goal for the Canucks on a power-play deflection at 19:00 to make it 2-0.
Elias Pettersson made it 3-0 on a power-play one-timer at 4:29 of the second period. Vancouver finished 3-for-4 with the man-advantage and has scored two or more power-play goals in four of the past five games, going 9-for-19 (47.4 percent).
Andrew Ladd cut it to 3-1 at 10:38 by batting in a rebound on a power play.
Podkolzin scored on a power-play breakaway at 15:25 to push the lead to 4-1, then assisted on Conor Garland‘s goal 14 seconds later to make it 5-1 at 15:39.
Podkolzin converted a cross-ice pass from Miller at 19:33 to make it 6-1, and Chiasson finished a 2-on-1 pass from Miller at 8:26 of the third period for the 7-1 final.