The game of the current NHL season held on April 19 gave Vancouver Canucks’ fans a lot of positive emotions. This time, the team hosted a worthy adversary – Toronto Maple Leafs – at their Rogers Center sports arena. The final scoring of the game was 3:2 in favor Travis Green’s team.
This important victory became the club’s first triumph after a long break. The recent coronavirus outbreak that swept through the Nucks forced the entire team to take the quarantine leave, which lasted from March 25.
It should be mentioned that the forecasts for the game were quite ambiguous. Experts could rely on such facts from the famous clubs’ biographies:
- Last season, the Nucks were literally three points short of the playoffs. Twenty-seven points in the standings secured only the ninth place for them.
- According to the previous games’ results both Vancouver and Toronto lost to Winnipeg.
- Sheldon Keefe’s team is the leader of the North Division, while Travis Green’s squad is the sixth.
Today, the British Columbian team sets bold, rather ambitious goals – as always. Qualifying for the playoffs is that minimum Travis Green’s tight-knit team is aiming at. This eagerness is completely justified, since the club managed to achieve success in recent friendly games with Real Monarchs with the final scoring 3:0, as well as with Chicago Fire – 3:2. However, the euphoria was somewhat spoilt by the annoying defeat from Indy Eleven with a 0:2 score.
The course of the game
Both teams made two effective shots each during the regulation time. Nils Hoeglander and Bo Horvat were the scored for Vancouver. In Toronto, Auston Matthews’ and William Nylander’ attacks on the opponents’ goal were successful. The Nucks scratched out their long-awaited victory in the extended time, when already-scored Horvat made a splendid brace.
Unfortunately, the game wasn’t successful for the Russian forward Ilya Mikheev, who currently plays for Toronto. Over all 13 minutes spent with a stick in his hands, he demonstrated no effective combinations.
If talking about incidents, there also were a few in this game. Thus, Vancouver’s defense player Edler was required to leave the arena after playing roughly. The referee thought that his powerful knee strike, which injured the opponent’s striker Zach Hyman, was unacceptable. It happened in the middle of the middle period. Edler tried to precede Hyman’s attacking motion, but the severe strike knocked Toronto’s forward out of the running.