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Bo Horvat Rescues The Canucks With Stellar Performance

In a season where Canucks fans have seen prized draft pick Bo Horvat struggle, Wednesday night was a strong reminder of what he can do at the NHL level.

Against the Hurricanes on Wednesday night, Horvat showed his scoring abilities and persistence leading to a 3-2 Vancouver win.

In the first period alone Horvat was denied three times by Eddie Lack who was making his first return to Vancouver since he was traded to the Hurricanes at the 2015 NHL Draft for a third-round pick in 2015 and a seventh-round pick in 2016.

His team would open up the scoring in the second period after a scoreless first when John-Michael Liles capitalized on a brutal giveaway from the Canucks that resulted in a short handed goal.

Sven Baertschi scored on a breakaway late in the second period in his return after missing two games due of a sore neck to tie it 1-1. It was his sixth goal on the year.

Now into the third period it was time for the Bo Horvat show. Nearly seven and a half minutes in, Bo Horvat beat Eddie Lack on a solo rush to give the Canucks the 2-1 lead with onlyt his 4th goal on the year.

Jordan Staal would tie it up again at 2-2 on his 8th goal of the year on what was a broken play. Jaccob Slavin was assessed a penalty for clearing the puck over the glass, which gave the Canucks one last golden opportunity, and it was one they cashed in on.

On the power play, Bo Horvat scored with 1:06 left in the game by beating Victor Rask down the right wing, then cut into the middle behind the Hurricanes defense and around Lack before tucking it in on the far side.

The victory allows the Canucks to keep pace with the Arizona Coyote who sit one point ahead of them in 8th place with 42 points.

Injury note: Canucks right wing Jannik Hansen left the game late in the third period, struggling to get off the ice after pulling up earlier in the period trying to win a race for the puck.

Up next: The Canucks host the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night at Rogers Arena.

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