Spencer Martin Raises Stick In Victory
Spencer Martin improved his record with the Canucks to 4-0-4, tying Curt Ridley (6-0-2 in 1975.76) as the only goaltender in franchise history to earn at least a point in each of his eight starts with the team.
Vancouver wins first home game of season with the 5-1 victory, while handing Pittsburgh their third straight loss on their Western road swing, moving into a tie for 6th in the Pacific Division with San Jose Sharks, with a game in hand.
A pair of goals by Bo Horvat, singles by Tanner Pearson, Andrei Kuzmenko and J.T. Miller led the way.
Ilya Mikheyev picked up a pair of assists, with helpers also going to Luke Schenn, Conor Garland, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Guillaume Brisebois, Tyler Myers and Kuzmenko.
Martin stopped 34 of 35 shots for a .971 save percentage in his first win of the season.
Vancouver was outshot 35-29 in the game, with their power play 2 for 4 and penalty kill 3 for 4.
In the last two games, the Canucks are 4 for 6 on the power play and 6 for 8 on the penalty kill, outscoring their opponents 10-5.
The Canucks offense saw players break out in the wins over Seattle and Pittsburgh, with Mikheyev picking up 4 points (2-2), Kuzmenko 4 points (2-2), Schenn 3 points (0-3), Garland 3 points (1-2), Horvat 2 points (2-0), Elias Pettersson 2 points (1-1), and Miller 2 points (1-1).
Next game for Vancouver is November 1 when they host the New Jersey Devils.