Bo Horvat scores first career hat-trick in Canucks comeback win

Oct 22 2019, 10:22 pm

Less than two weeks after being named captain of the Vancouver Canucks, Bo Horvat is already showing why he is the right man for the job.

The 24-year-old scored his first career hat-trick on Tuesday and he did it in style, leading his team to a 5-2 come-from-behind win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Down 2-0 after 40 minutes in Detroit, Horvat scored on the power play less than two minutes into the third period to inject life back into his team.

Then, on another power play a couple minutes later, Horvat found the back of the net again, this time deflecting a puck past Jimmy Howard to tie the game at two.

It looked like Horvat may have scored his third goal when the Canucks took a 3-2 lead halfway through the period, but it was credited to Jake Virtanen after bouncing in off a defender.

After Tim Schaller scored to make it 4-2, Horvat was out in the final minutes and found the empty net from long range to secure both the game and the hat-trick.

It’s just the sixth time in franchise history (and first since 1993) that the Canucks scored five times in a third period, and it came after the team had scored just three goals in their previous eight.

The top power play unit with Quinn Hughes generated two goals and looked dangerous again, while Jacob Markstrom made 31 saves for his fourth straight win.

The win wraps up the Canucks’ first road trip of the year on a positive note, going 3-1 with two of those wins being third period comebacks.

In previous years, the Canucks would’ve withered away in the final period of a road trip when faced with a deficit, but this team had arguably their best period of the season to keep the momentum going. They’ve now won six of their last seven games.

Another special part about Horvat’s first hat-trick is that — with the game within driving distance of his hometown of Rodney, Ontario — he had over 70 family members and friends in attendance to see him do it.

Horvat and the Canucks are next in action on Friday, and they’ll hope to keep the momentum going back at Rogers Arena with the always-dangerous Washington Capitals in town.