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The Canucks Youth Movement is real, and it’s fabulous!

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

CANUCKS NEWS: For 40 minutes last night, it was though we’d been transported back in time. Back to just a couple years ago, when Willie D patrolled the benches and the Canucks played a style so dreadfully boring that it was nearly unwatchable. Hell, if it weren’t for the anger and anxiety all the turnovers caused, it wouldn’t have even kept me awake through it.

Thanks to Jacob Markstrom though, the Canucks were still in this one after 2 periods. And unlike those dark, mustachioed days of old, the Canucks don’t have to hope that guys like Linden Vey and Jayson Megna can will them to victory. Nope, this time it was Josh Leivo, Elias Pettersson and Jake Virtanen. And even when the Jackets regained the lead, there was no panic. There was no desperation. Just EP40 doing his thing.

The hockey world was all worked up when comparisons to Wayne Gretzky were floated early in the season. And when The Great One himself gave his approval, it damn near broke Twitter. You want to know why some are making these comparisons? It’s because of this play. The way he takes the puck behind the net and sets up, not rushing a pass or looking for an immediate play. He draws both defenders back behind the goal line before moving the puck, forcing Columbus to completely change their defensive set up. You know, the way Wayne Gretzky used to do every damn night. If you haven’t figured out that the way Elias Pettersson sees and thinks the game is on a completely different level I don’t know what to tell you. This tweet also got some traction last night...

Another great thing about last night was Jake getting the winner and making sure there wasn’t any residual #ShotgunJake guilt last night. My favorite one from last night was this dude and his python infomercial

Nicely done, Mr. Beggs. Alas, in spite of your request, we must judge. Hey Y’alls? Really? Yeesh.

Let’s take a look at what the Sedinosphere (I think we need to make this a thing, btw) had to say about the Canucks winning their 3rd straight, shall we? First off, another solid Athletties from our pal The Stanchion. Wyatt’s been killing it this season in relief, and last night’s was no exception... Sportsnet looks at the immediate impact Josh Leivo’s having on the club... Post game from The Province on a nice reward for a great game from Markstrom... For those who subscribe to the Athletic, here’s a breakdown from the CBJ side of the fence... And if you don’t, here’s the writeup from The Columbus Dispatch...

AROUND THE NHL: The Arizona Coyotes blew a 2 goal lead, as the Bruins scored the next 4 and hung on for a 4-3 win...

The Los Angeles Kings blew a 2 goal lead in the 3rd, lost Drew Doughty and Dion Phaneuf to injuries and gave up the GWG on a Sabres PP in OT as Jeff Skinner’s 21st of the year gave Buffalo a 4-3 win over the Kings...

Michael Nylander had two assists as the Leafs took down Carolina 4-1. Also, we see PPP is trying to help calling Nylander ‘The Flow’ a thing. Stop it. There’s only one Flow, and y’all better recognize...

Alex Ovechkin with the hatty and a 4 point night from Nik Backstrom as the Capitals clowned the Detroit Red Wings 6-2...

The Canucks comeback last night was awesome, but the best one of the night had to be the Blues scoring 4 in the last 10 minutes of the 3rd to take down the Florida Panthers 4-3...

Pekka Rinne let in the first shot of the game then shut the door the rest of the way as Nashville (who host the Canucks Thursday) beat Ottawa 3-1...

The Montreal Canadiens got embarrassed last night, dropping a 7-1 decision to the Minnesota Wild, who got 2 goals from Matt Dumba...

Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had 3 point nights as the Edmonton Oilers moved themselves into a Wild Card spot with a 6-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche...

And finally, we come to the Chicago Blackhawks. Don’t think we don’t see what you’re doing. Firing one of the best coaches of the modern era and bringing in a guy who is quite clearly not ready to be an NHL coach. They’re reverting back to their pre- Kane, Toews and Keith days, playing awful so they can scoop the most coveted first overall pick in a few years. It’s kinda pathetic, given that this team still has a fair amount of talent, and an amazing goaltender, but that all of their problems are a direct result of having to constantly make changes due to poor cap management and ill-advised player decisions. It’s going to be extremely gross if they (or the Kings) get an opportunity to rebuild with a player like Jack Hughes considering they’ve both won multiple Cups in the last 15 years. Anyway, these clowns lost another one last night.