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VANCOUVER – With their NHL playoff hopes hovering between slim and none the Vancouver Canucks let some extent slip away from them Friday night time.
The Canucks held a two-goal lead early within the third interval however let the New Jersey Devils battle again to tie the sport, then win Three-2 on Damon Severson’s shootout purpose.
“You wish to shut these video games out,” mentioned goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who stopped 31 photographs. “We have now to maintain constructing, getting higher as a crew and shut these video games out.
“It’s powerful whenever you’re up by two and lose in a shootout.”
Severson’s purpose was his first in a shootout in 4 tries. It got here on a forehand deke within the seventh spherical.
“I used to be fortunate to have the blokes name me tonight and be assured I used to be going to get the winner,” he mentioned. “It was good to see the puck go in.
“I did the transfer in observe the opposite day and scored, so I needed to keep it up.”
The Devils compelled the tie when Kevin Rooney and Stefan Noesen scored targets 7:53 aside within the third interval.
It was New Jersey’s second win after going by an Zero-6-1 stretch.
“I’m actually completely satisfied for our guys,” mentioned Devils coach John Hynes. “They battled again.
“It’s a credit score to the man in our room, the older guys, the management guys, as a result of they set the tradition.”
Even earlier than the sport began the Devils (27-36-9) have been eradicated from playoff competition when the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Carolina Hurricanes Three-Zero. New Jersey is 14th within the Jap Convention, six factors behind the New York Rangers.
Rookie Elias Pettersson broke out of a scoring stoop along with his first purpose in 12 video games and Tanner Pearson scored on an odd play for the Canucks. Bo Horvat added two assists.
The Canucks (29-32-10) mathematically stay within the playoff hunt. They path Arizona by 9 factors for the ultimate Western Convention wild-card spot.
Pettersson’s purpose provides the 20-year-old Swede 59 factors on the season with a team-leading 27 targets and 32 assists. That leaves him one level behind Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka for many factors in a season by a Vancouver rookie.
Pettersson admitted the purpose drought was irritating.
“It’s been bugging me slightly bit,” he mentioned. “I’ve been looking for a go as an alternative of taking pictures the puck. I’ve to be slightly extra egocentric. I’m a man that’s at all times looking for the go first as an alternative of the shot.
“It was an enormous aid when it went in.”
Pearson scored with 1:42 gone within the third on an harmless trying shot from the highest of the face-off circle. New Jersey goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood swung his stick, however the puck appeared to go beneath and between his pads.
Rooney began the Devils’ comeback with a deflection at 5:41. Noesen made it 2-2 at 13:34 when he chipped Eric Tangradi’s go behind Markstrom.
“They received a few fortunate bounces,” mentioned Vancouver coach Travis Inexperienced. “It was that kind of recreation.
“There wasn’t numerous house on the ice for both crew. They received a few pucks by to the web and received some rebounds. I don’t suppose both ream actually outplayed one another.”
The damage bug took one other chunk out of the Canucks when defenceman Chris Tanev limped off the ice within the first interval after blocking a Kyle Palmieri shot throughout a Devils energy play. He returned for a short skate however left the bench once more.
Inexperienced mentioned Tanev can be misplaced for the remainder of the season with a suspected break.
Tanev was taking part in in simply his second recreation again after lacking 11 with an ankle damage.
NOTES: Canuck ahead Jay Beagle didn’t take the pre-game skate and was changed by Tim Schaller. … Canucks’ ahead Antoine Roussel suffered a season-ended knee damage in Wednesday’s win over the Rangers. … The Canucks didn’t get their first shot on web till nearly 6:30 was gone within the first interval. … Coming into the sport, the Canucks (237) and Devils (293) had mixed for 530-man video games misplaced to damage.