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Video- The Vancouver Canucks With An Incredible 3-2 OT Win Over The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

To twist an old Neil Young song, rust never sleeps.

The Vancouver Canucks, three weeks after COVID-19 halted their season, far back in the playoff race and with many of their players still out or ailing, gave the fully charged Maple Leafs all they could handle Sunday night at Rogers Arena.

Braden Holtby, who was having a sub-par year before the COVID outbreak, denied the best Leaf shooters much of the night as the Canucks won 3-2 in overtime. Bo Horvat’s second of the game, the OT winner, sent the Canucks’ bench into emotional celebration.

But midway through the game, Canucks Alex Edler took the fight a little too far, sticking a knee into Toronto spark plug winger Zach Hyman. Hyman limped off and did not return; Edler received a major, misconduct and possible Player Safety Department discipline.

Though a couple of Leafs were optimistic Hyman’s injury wasn’t serious, head coach Sheldon Keefe said “we’ll see tomorrow.”

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Below, find the game highlights plus a sensational save by Braden Holtby.

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Holtby save

 

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Paul's avatar

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

This has never been tried.

Nobody has done what the Vancouver Canucks are trying to do because no major professional sports team in North America has been attacked the way the Canucks were the last three weeks by COVID-19’s vicious P.1 variant.

There is no precedent. Finishing the National Hockey League season with nearly an entire roster of coronavirus survivors is a monumental challenge that seems almost impossible to conclude with any competitive success. It seems the Canucks are playing for degrees of failure, because how could any team thrive over 19 games in 32 days after a 24-day layoff in which many players were sicker than they’ve ever been?

This isn’t a schedule — it’s an experiment.

Nothing should surprise us. But Sunday, at the start of the experiment, the Canucks stunned everyone, including the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Out-skated, out-chanced, and looking close to exhaustion whenever the fast and formidable Leafs extended shifts in the Vancouver zone, the Canucks rallied from two goals down to beat the best team in Canada 3-2 in overtime when captain Bo Horvat rattled a shot through Toronto goalie Jack Campbell.

Nobody has done what the Vancouver Canucks are trying to do because no major professional sports team in North America has been attacked the way the Canucks were the last three weeks by COVID-19’s vicious P.1 variant.

There is no precedent. Finishing the National Hockey League season with nearly an entire roster of coronavirus survivors is a monumental challenge that seems almost impossible to conclude with any competitive success. It seems the Canucks are playing for degrees of failure, because how could any team thrive over 19 games in 32 days after a 24-day layoff in which many players were sicker than they’ve ever been?

This isn’t a schedule — it’s an experiment.

Nothing should surprise us. But Sunday, at the start of the experiment, the Canucks stunned everyone, including the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Out-skated, out-chanced, and looking close to exhaustion whenever the fast and formidable Leafs extended shifts in the Vancouver zone, the Canucks rallied from two goals down to beat the best team in Canada 3-2 in overtime when captain Bo Horvat rattled a shot through Toronto goalie Jack Campbell.]continued[/url]

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/19/21 at 01:36 AM ET

dougie's avatar

BWAHAHAHA!!

I had been wondering what the Leafs would do to top getting beat by a Zamboni driving emergency goalie in Carolina last season.

Now we know.

Posted by dougie on 04/19/21 at 07:35 AM ET

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