Vancouver Canucks’ Troy Stecher (51) reaches for the puck in front of Florida Panthers’ Noel Acciari (55) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Monday October 28, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver Canucks’ Troy Stecher (51) reaches for the puck in front of Florida Panthers’ Noel Acciari (55) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Monday October 28, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Miller nets 2 as Canucks lay 7-2 drubbing on Panthers

Vancouver boosts record to 7-3-1

VANCOUVER — J.T. Miller had a pair of goals, and the Vancouver Canucks scored five times in the first period on their way to a decisive 7-2 victory over the visiting Florida Panthers on Monday night.

The Canucks (7-3-1) got on the board less than two minutes into the first period and kept up an offensive pressure that overwhelmed the Panthers (5-3-4) for the much of the game.

Josh Leivo had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, while Brandon Sutter, Tim Schaller, Jake Virtanen and Brock Boeser also scored. Alex Edler and Elias Pettersson each notched three assists.

Brian Boyle and Mike Hoffman replied with goals for Florida. Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko made his fourth start of the season and stopped 27-of-29 shots for the win.

Coming off a 6-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, the Panthers had hoped to give netminder Sergei Bobrovsky some rest during Monday’s contest.

Sam Montembeault started between the pipes for Florida but was replaced midway through the first period after allowing three goals on nine shots. Bobrovsky had four saves in 13:42 minutes before the 22-year-old returned for the second frame. Montembeault turned away a total of 26 shots on Monday.

Sutter and Micheal Ferland opened a dominant first period with a nice give-and-go sequence that ended with Sutter putting a wrist shot past Montembeault 1:14 into the game.

Schaller widened the Canucks lead 1:11 later, taking a pass from Jay Beagle down low and muscling a heavy shot into the Florida net.

Virtanen added another tally less than two minutes later, giving Vancouver a 3-0 advantage. The goal was right-winger’s third in three games.

Florida opted to replace Montembeault with Bobrovsky just 6:18 into the contest after Virtanen’s goal. Montembeault returned to start the second period and made some impressive stops, including a glove save on a big shot from Pettersson. The Panthers got on the board 8:09 into the period after Leivo turned the puck over in the Canucks zone where it was picked up by Jayce Hawryluk.

Hawryluk sent it over to Boyle and the centreman sent a rocket sailing past Demko, cutting Vancouver’s lead to 3-1.

But the Canucks weren’t finished in the period. Midway through the frame, Pettersson got a short pass off to Miller near the blue line, and Miller fired a wrist shot past Bobrovsky to tally the 100th goal of his NHL career. Vancouver closed out the period with a goal from Leivo, who popped a quick snap shot into the Florida net with less than 54 seconds left on the clock.

Boeser was the only Canucks forward to not register a point in the first 20 minutes of Monday’s game.

READ MORE: Capitals complete big comeback, beat Canucks 6-5 in shootout

The scoring derby slowed in the second frame until Edler was called for tripping Florida’s Evgenii Dadonov. Hoffman scored for the Panthers on the ensuing power play, blasting a laser from inside the face-off circle. The puck hit Demko’s water bottle at the back of the net, sending the orange cap flying.

Miller’s second goal of the night put the Canucks up by four once again with 29 seconds left in the second period. Boeser finally got on the score sheet 13:20 into the third period, placing a wrist shot in the top right corner of the Panthers net. Pettersson registered his third helper of the night on the play. He now has eight points (one goal and seven assists) in his last four games.

The Canucks will now head off on a three-game road swing through California, starting with a contest against the L.A. Kings on Wednesday. The Panthers will face the Avalanche in Denver the same night.

NOTES: Left-winger Loui Eriksson returned to the Canucks lineup after being a healthy scratch nine games in a row and assisted on Schaller’s first-period goal. … Monday’s loss snaps an eight-game point streak (4-0-4) for the Panthers.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

CanucksNHL

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Interior Health update. File photo.
86 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Interior Health

The new deaths are from Heritage Square, a long-term care facility in Vernon

(File Photo)
Fernie Chamber to host virtual chat with business and physicians Jan. 18

The online conversation seeks to address issues including contact tracing in the community

The number of skiers and snowboarders using the Fernie ski shuttle to get to Fernie Alpine Resort from town is down by 77 per cent this season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Shuttle use down 77 per cent as travel advisory bites

The ski shuttle in Fernie is reducing it’s frequency to five times a day as a result

A photo from an early construction stage taken in the fall of 2020. (Photo Contributed)
Elkford’s Meeting Place comes to life

Construction on the outdoor space is set to wrap up this coming summer

The RDEK is accepting applications for the CBT’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs. File Photo)
CBT’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs accept proposals

Sparwood reminds residents to apply for the grants prior to Jan. 18 at 2 p.m.

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the press theatre at the B.C. legislature for an update on COVID-19, Jan. 7, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 spread steady with 509 new cases Friday

Hospitalized and critical care cases decline, nine deaths

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials say country will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon shared a handwritten note his son received on Jan. 13, 2021. (Ravi Kahlon/Twitter)
Proud dad moment: B.C. minister’s son, 10, receives handwritten note for act of kindness

North Delta MLA took to Twitter to share a letter his son received from a new kid at school

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Lilly and Poppy, two cats owned by Kalmar Cat Hotel ownder Donna Goodenough, both have cerebellAr hypoplasia, a genetic neurological condition that affects their ability to control their muscles and bones. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
VIDEO: Wobbly Cats a riot of flailing legs and paws but bundles of love and joy to their owner

Woman urges others to not fear adopting cats with disabilities

A COVID-19 outbreak at Vernon's Heritage Square long-term care home has claimed seven people. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Two more COVID-19 deaths at Vernon care home

Heritage Square has now lost seven people due to the outbreak

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel as B.C. explores legal options

Premier John Horgan says he is seeking legal advice on whether it can limit interprovincial travel

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses the crowd during the march on Washington, D.C., in August of 1963. Courtesy photo
Government reinforces importance of anti-racism act on Black Shirt Day

B.C. Ministers say education “a powerful tool” in the fight for equity and equality

Most Read