(Edmonton) Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Thursday to take the lead 2-1 in the series.
Brock Boeser scored in the middle period ahead of Antoine Roussel and Elias Pettersson in the third period.
Quinn Hughes was on all three goals. Game four will take place on Friday night.
“We blocked a lot of shots. The guys were sacrificing themselves, Markstrom said. They also did a great job getting rid of the rebounds. It's a huge team victory. "
Boeser broke the tie on the power play, backhanding a rebound, following a slap shot from Pettersson. Jordan Greenway was in the dungeon for darting.
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Brock Boeser (6)
Boeser pointed to the sky after scoring, in remembrance of Ty Alyea. Six years ago to the day, Boeser's friends were in an SUV when Alyea was killed in a traffic accident.
Boeser was in Slovakia, at the Ivan Hlinka tournament.
“It's obviously a tough day for me and my friends,” said Boeser. It's crazy how quickly time flies. But to have been able to achieve a goal for him is special. "
Roussel scored on the breakaway after a blunder from Brad Hunt, threading the needle from the backhand.
Petterson hit the target with a receiving shot, completing a two-on-one.
The Canucks have their first playoff appearance since 2015 in their sights.
Alex Stalock blocked 26 shots in a losing cause.
Each team received 11 penalties.
“It was hard to pick up a rhythm. Looks like there was always a power play or a penalty to go, ”said Wild forward Marcus Foligno.
“We're so good five-on-five and when we can deploy five lines it's going great. We really need to be more disciplined. "
The Wild were ruled out of the playoffs last year; before that, they were knocked out in the first round for three years in a row.