Wild’s season ends with OT loss to Canucks in Game 4

Ruben Hill
August 10, 2020

This first postseason experience for the young core of the Vancouver Canucks has already been quite a trip.

Horvat tied it 4-4 with 5:46 left in the third period, cutting to the net and converting a pass from Pearson from the end boards for his second goal of the playoffs.

Pearson, Brandon Sutter and Quinn Hughes also scored as Vancouver kept attacking a Wild defense missing stalwart Ryan Suter and wore down goalie Alex Stalock to erase leads of 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3.

They eliminated the Minnesota Wild on Friday night with a 5-4 overtime win that saw them come-from-behind on three different occasions.

"I actually picked (Tanev) in the pool, so I'm happy about that", Canucks head coach Travis Green said of his rearguard, who scored all of two goals during the regular season.

Eric Staal, Luke Kunin, Joel Eriksson Ek and Nico Sturm scored goals and Jonas Brodin had a pair of assists for Minnesota.

The last Canucks playoff overtime victor before tonight was in 2011, when Alex Burrows scored 11 seconds into game two of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins and 11 was the magic number again tonight.

After a lethargic start to Game 3, the opening three minutes on Friday night produced a fight between Jake Virtanen and Ryan Hartman, another in a series of penalties to Tyler Myers and a power-play goal for the Wild.

Sturm put Minnesota back in front just before the end of the period with his first career National Hockey League goal, a wrist shot from inside the left circle that beat Markstrom on his short side.

"When you have a lead, especially with the type of group we have, you expect to get the job done", Staal said.

Stalock, who stopped 26 shots, was sharper than Markstrom. That unit had slumbered through Game 3.

With Minnesota out of the way, the Canucks will play either the Dallas Stars or St. Louis Blues in the first round of the playoffs. "It just shows how hard we worked all year, we were down, but we made some big-time plays by some big-time guys". "Obviously he might want a couple back tonight, but you know what? We wouldn't be in this position without him".

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