| December 30, 2021, 1: 35 AM
December 30, 2021, 1: 35 AM
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — J.T. Miller and the Vancouver Canucks live unbeaten with Bruce Boudreau within the wait on of the bench.
Miller scored 26 seconds into extra time and the Canucks beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 Wednesday night for their seventh straight pick since Boudreau was brought in.
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Boudreau is the third coach in NHL ancient previous to open up 7-0 with a brand new crew, matching Geoff Ward in 2019-20 with Calgary and Jacques Lemaire in 1993-94 with Original Jersey.
5 of the wins had been by one purpose, with three going into extra time or a shootout.
“We’re no longer doing a entire bunch of diversified things than we were doing after we were losing, to be quite ethical. I focus on we are rounding into a more entire game factual now,” said Miller, who has a seven-game level creep with three targets and 11 parts. “We’re discovering methods to make a selection. I focus on we’re drained of asserting we’re having fun with appropriate and losing.”
Miller assisted on Tanner Pearson’s tying purpose early within the third interval then purchased a breakaway likelihood in extra time. He establish aside a wrist shot previous John Gibson for his 11th purpose of the season.
Boudreau took over Dec. 3 following a management purge wherein two Canucks executives, coach Travis Inexperienced and an assistant coach were fired.
Vancouver was in closing position within the Pacific Division with a chronicle of 8-15-2 when Boudreau was hired. They are seventh within the Pacific now, but handiest four parts wait on of third.
Boudreau was working in acquainted territory Wednesday — he coached Anaheim for nearly 5 seasons (2011-16) and led the Ducks to four postseason appearances. On the different hand, the Canucks had received handiest two of their closing 10 in opposition to Anaheim and were 0-3-2 of their closing 5.
“We had some accurate Grade-A possibilities within the closing two classes, so, in actuality ok with them. They ideal gutted it out, and there’s a will to make a selection, and that took over,” Boudreau said.
Both groups looked rusty after no longer having fun with in precisely about two weeks as COVID-19 precipitated league-huge interruptions to the schedule. The Canucks were having fun with their first game since Dec. 16 while the Ducks were in action for the first time in 12 days.
“The first interval variety of felt like we had been off for 2 weeks, but because the game went on I purchased more ecstatic,” Pearson said. “You know, you variety of expected that. We knew it wasn’t going to be a pretty one.”
Thatcher Demko made 22 saves for Vancouver. He has received a occupation-absolute most realistic six straight in obtain and has a 1.30 targets-in opposition to sensible.
Sam Carrick scored Anaheim’s handiest purpose and Gibson stopped 35 pictures. The Ducks possess dropped their closing two but possess tranquil parts in 10 of their closing 11 video games.
“We’re going to must earn wait on within the rhythm of having fun with, practicing and discovering that structure,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “We had it on occasion, and diversified times, we did now not. Anticipated, but tranquil disappointing.”
Carrick purchased within the wait on of the defense, took a stretch creep from Hampus Lindholm off the left aspect of the boards and establish aside a wrist shot previous Demko at 16: 26 of the first interval for his seventh purpose of the season and third within the closing seven video games.
Pearson evened it 1: 21 into the third when he took a heinous-ice creep from Miller and scored from the factual circle. It was Pearson’s fifth of the season and his first since Dec. 1.
Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler suffered an better-physique destroy all thru the first interval while vying for the puck with Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes. Fowler lost his balance and awkwardly hit the corner boards along with his shoulder and head within the wait on of the Ducks’ obtain.
Canucks: Remain in Southern California to face the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
Ducks: Play at Vegas on Friday.