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Wake With Elias- November 8, 2021: Power Surge As Canucks Stomp Stars

A big night for the Lotto Line and the power play as the Canucks get a much-needed win over Dallas.

NHL: NOV 07 Stars at Canucks Photo by Devin Manky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

In yesterday’s pregame thread, I talked about how three things needed to change in order for the Canucks to be successful. They needed to be better on the power play. They had to be far better on the penalty kill. And Elias Pettersson needed to bring it. 2 outta 3 was enough, it seems as the Canucks rolled to a 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars last night.

Elias Pettersson had a goal and two assists, as did Bo Horvat, while JT Miller scored twice, and Quinn Hughes added three helpers. Three power play markers took the sting out of Dallas going two for two on the power play, although the Canucks showed signs of getting it together on the kill.

When Pettersson, Miller and Boeser are rolling, the Canucks are hard to beat, and when you get a night where they combine for four goals and 3 assists, they’re not going to lose many of those. As crucial as this win was, Pettersson, Boeser and Miller leading the way, and getting it done on the power play was absolutely massive. And while it wasn’t a perfect game from EP40, the impact this will have on his confidence going forward will be noticeable.

Once again, we cannot say enough about Vasily Podkolzin, who continues to have an impact on this team in limited minutes. Another beauty of a goal, and the game winner, no less for the young Russian, who came back after a dirty knee on knee from Radek Faksa that DoPS really should but probably won’t look at.

Thatcher Demko had himself another Thatcher Demko night, and it was far better than the three goals against would suggest. All in all, this was a well-earned two points, and one of the best sixty minute performances we’ve seen from the Canucks so far this season. A win over Anaheim Tuesday will get them back to .500 before the start of a three games in four nights road trip. They’ll play the Ducks twice over the next 7 days, with games in Denver to take on the Avalanche and Vegas in between. It’s going to be tough, but if they can pull off three of four here, they’ll set themselves up pretty good for the rest of the month, which has them playing three at home followed by a 5 game Eastern swing that carries them into December.

In other action last night...

The surprising Detroit Red Wings did it again, this time with a 5-2 takedown of the Vegas Golden Knights. Tyler Bertuzzi, still a selfish dink for not getting vaccinated, had his 9th goal of the season in this one.

And as long as we’re on the topic of some of the worst, Patrick Kane set up Alex DeBrincat for the OT winner as Chicago notched their second win of the season, 2-1 over the Nashville Predators. The win was the first for interim coach Derek King, replacing Jeremy Colliton, who was fired this past weekend by the Hawks.

Anaheim scored four unanswered goals, including three in the final frame en route to a 4-1 win over St Louis. The Ducks, who are next up for the Canucks, have won four straight to move into third place in the Pacific Division standings.

Minnesota moved to 8-3-0 as they handed the New York Islanders a 5-2 loss last night. Anders Lee had a pair of goals for the Islanders.

Three games on tap for tonight: The Florida Panthers are the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss, and they look to keep that streak going as they visit the New York Rangers... The Buffalo Sabres are in Washington to take on the Capitals, and the Leafs are playing host to the Los Angeles Kings.