Myers scores winner as Jets beat Canucks
Former Rockets’ shorthanded goal lifts Winnipeg to victory
VANCOUVER (CP) — Patrik Laine and Tyler Myers scored 3:13 apart late in the second period as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Thursday.
Josh Morrissey and Nikolaj Ehlers, into an empty net, had the other goals for Winnipeg (2-2-0), while Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves. Bryan Little had two assists.
Daniel Sedin and Chris Tanev replied for Vancouver (1-1-1), which got 16 stops from Jacob Markstrom.
Tied 1-1 through 20 minutes, Laine brought a sleepy middle period to life with 4:29 left when he took a feed from Little and fired a shot low glove side on Markstrom, who was partially screened by Canucks defenceman Michael Del Zotto.
Jets blueliner Dmitry Kulikov hit the post on the next shift, but Myers eventually stretched Winnipeg’s lead to 3-1 with 1:16 remaining in the period when he finished off a shorthanded 2-on-1 rush by ripping a shot past Markstrom’s ear.
Hellebuyck, who stopped 37 shots in the Jets’ 5-2 road victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, got his blocker on a Bo Horvat chance in front earlier in the power play to keep his team up by one.
The Winnipeg netminder made his second straight start after free-agent signing Steve Mason allowed 11 goals on 65 shots in the Jets’ first two games, which they lost by a combined 13-5 scoreline.
Playing with just five defencemen after Alexander Edler left in the first period with a lower-body injury, Tanev scored on a knuckleball from the point with 7:17 left in the third that completely fooled Hellebuyck to get the Canucks to within one.
The hosts pressed for the tie late, but couldn’t find the range before Ehlers scored into an empty net late as Vancouver lost in regulation for the first time in 2017-18.
Canucks winger Brock Boeser made his 2017-18 debut and recorded an assist.