The Vancouver Canucks gave their home crowd some hope last night with a 4-2 victory over the last-placed Buffalo Sabres.
Losing to Buffalo at home would’ve been the last straw, but thanks to forward Zack Kassian, the Canucks' playoff hopes are still alive.
Kassian tallied four assists on the night, which is the best point tally of his career. Brad Richardson, Shawn Matthias, Yannick Weber and David Booth were the goalscorers for the Canucks.
However, this was far from the routine win that the team and most fans were expecting. A shaky start in goal by Eddie Lack led to the Canucks having to come from behind to get the win.
Canucks captain Henrik Sedin was forced to leave the game after suffering a lower body injury late in the second period. The timeline on his return is unknown at this point.
Unfortunately, it’s been that kind of season for Vancouver. However, Ryan Kesler and Daniel Sedin both returned from injury. So, if the Canucks can continue this winning streak, the playoff campaign might be within reach. The team is just three points away from the final wildcard spot in the Western Conference.
But the team has very little margin for error. And with the next three games being against Minnesota, Colorado and Anaheim, it’s going to be very tough.
I believe that if the Canucks lose to Minnesota on Wednesday, their playoff hopes are officially over. I hope that the return of Kesler and Daniel Sedin will be enough to boost the Canucks to another victory. It’s safe to say that there will be a lot of nervous fans watching the game on Wednesday. I can’t wait for the action to begin.
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