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A Wild Ride with a Brock Boeser Shift Diary – Canucks-Oilers (+)

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Vancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser just before scoring his 100th career NHL goal.

Heading into Saturday night’s game between the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers, one of the keys for the home team was getting a strong showing from some of the Canucks upscale offensive performers. Among them, Brock Boeser. In the five games he has played since returning from a lower body injury that occurred near the end of September and kept him out of the line-up through the first three games of the season, the winger has one goal and one assist.

Since we’re not feeling the urge to profile or log the slumping Elias Pettersson (“Petey”) every single night, although it’s tempting, let’s shift-diary his linemate Boeser, the 24-year-old fifth-year Canuck from Burnsville, Minnesota. Among others, his performance Saturday night could make or break the Canucks against the Oilers.

1st Period

The “Lotto Line” intact for this game to start, with Boeser, Pettersson and JT Miller from right to left.

:56-2:15 Came on just as Pettersson was making a solo rush through centre ice, gaining the zone and firing a shot on goalie Mikko Koskinen, who cradled it and held on. Face-off in the LW circle, won by the Canucks, Tucker Poolman immediately fired a shot wide from the point. After an Edmonton clear, the puck was sent out of play near their bench. Petey lost the neutral zone draw. OIlers up ice, chipped puck deep. Boeser shadowing Connor McDavid. Canucks clear via Boeser, on the far boards.

5:20-6:25 Joined the play for a nifty rush through the neutral zone, Boeser flipping it to Miller along the left wing boards crossing the Oilers blueline, the return pass across for Petey heading to the net was broken up. Back came the Oilers, they gained the Vancouver zone but fired a shot wide. Boeser worked his way to protect the point and there were no scoring chances.

8:48-9:40 The Lotto Line has dominated its shifts. Boeser picked up a puck on the off wing and started a cycle. This possession led to two shots wide off good scoring chances and another being blocked. The Oilers cleared and the Canucks quickly turned it right back into the Edmonton zone. Same story, quick cycle, no shots registered. The entire sequence ended with Tyler Myers being called for hooking. Uh oh.

1-0, Edmonton – Warren Foegele (2) – Nurse and Bouchard – 11:39 (Power Play Goal)

11:39-12:40 After the goal, Petey lost the centre ice draw and quickly gave up a golden two-on-one scoring chance for the Oilers, saved and held by Thatcher Demko. With the whistle came a TV timeout. The shift continued with a D-zone draw, controlled by Edmonton. A shot went wide, the Canucks cleared and Boeser was primary forward (F1) on the forecheck. The Oilers gained the Canucks zone again, cycled, lost the puck, but on the breakout pass, Boeser went cross ice in his own end and had the pass picked off by McDavid, who flipped a pass to Jesse Puljujarvi, who ripped a shot off the post stick-side of Demko. Wow, not good.

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