Andrei Kuzmenko #96 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a goal against Mads Sogaard #40 of the Ottawa Senators during the first period of their NHL game at Rogers Arena. (Photo by Derek Cain/Getty Images)
By Andrew Phillip Chernoff CanucksBanter
March 11, 2023
The Vancouver Canucks (28-32-5) handed the Ottawa Senators (33-28-5) a key loss in their run for a playoff spot, by a 5-2 score.
The win was the 4th in a row for the Canucks on their 6-game homestand, after three previous consecutive wins over Toronto, Nashville, and Anaheim.
Vancouver is 5-1-0 in their last six games; 7-3-1 in the last eleven.
KUZMENKO SCORES TWO GOALS
Vancouver received goals from Andrei Kuzmenko(2-0=2 pts); J.T. Miller (1-1=2 pts), Nils Aman (1-1=2 pts), and Sheldon Dries (1-0=1 pts); and were 1 for 6 on the power play and 3 for 3 on the penalty kill.
Assists also went to Tyler Myers (0-1=1 pts), Dakota Joshua (0-2=1 pts), Guillaume Brisebois (0-1=1 pts), Connor Garland (0-1=1 pts), Brock Boeser (0-1=1) and Elias Pettersson (0-1=1).
Vancouver outshot Ottawa 30-20 (10-5, 8-7, 12-8)
Vancouver goaltender Thatcher Demko stopped 18 of 20 shots he faced, for a .900 save percentage (SV%).
Kuzmenko gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead after one period with his 31rst goal, assists to J.T.Miller (36) and Tyler Myers (11) at 15:05.
J.T. Miller, with his 24th goal, from Nils Aman (7) at 4:26 made it 2-0 in the 2nd period. It was Miller’s 4th shorthanded goal in his last 7-games.
Nils Aman (4), assists to Dakota Joshua (7) and Connor Garland (23) at 10:27 in the middle period, extended Canucks lead to 3-0 at the second intermission.
J.T. Miller #9 of the Vancouver Canucks skates up the ice during their NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at Rogers Arena. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
In the third, Vancouver made it 4-0 with a goal by Sheldon Dries (10), assists to Dakota Joshua (8) and Guillaume Brisebois (2) at 6:50.
Claude Giroux broke Demko’s bid for a shutout late in the final period with his 28th goal of the season, assisted by Thomas Chabot (27) and Tim Stutzle (38) at 13:39, and it was 4-1 Canucks.
Just over two minutes later, Ottawa would pull within two of Vancouver at 4-2, as Nick Holden (2), scored assisted by Tim Stutzle (39) and Travis Hamonic (10) at 15:44.
Penalty issues the rest of the way would plague the Senators from putting a consistent offensive attack to complete a comeback.
An empty net goal by Andrei Kuzmenko, his second of the game, his 32nd of the season, would seal the win at 5-2, assists to Brock Boeser (30) and Elias Pettersson (52) at 19:45.
Vancouver puts its 4-game undefeated streak on the line in their final game of the 6-game homestand, against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, March 14.