Boeser breaks goal scoring drought in Canucks comeback win (VIDEO)

Oct 12 2018, 2:09 am

It was only four games, but it felt much longer.

Brock Boeser got the monkey off his back, and he picked a great time to do it.

Following an uneventful preseason, Boeser entered Thursday’s game in Tampa Bay with zero goals and just three shots on net through the first three games of the regular season. Pressure was rising.

Midway through the third period, he got some relief.

Just 1:10 after Elias Pettersson tied the game, Boeser took advantage of an Alex Killorn giveaway to hammer home the winning goal.

Judging by the reaction of the usually stoic sniper, he was squeezing his stick a little tight lately.

“Maybe some of the media was coming down a little hard on me, but it’s been a long process since my injury last season,” Boeser told Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy following the game.

Not only did a back injury end Boeser’s rookie season, he was dealing with a nagging wrist injury. This season, he’s wrapping his wrist in tape.

The Canucks held on for a 4-1 win over the Lightning, aided by an outstanding night by goaltender Anders Nilsson, who stopped 33 of 34 shots.

Point per game Pettersson

We’re starting to get used to this.

Pettersson has earned at least a point in every game of his young NHL career. If he earns a point Saturday in Florida, he’ll tie a franchise record.

Shotgun Jake

The Canucks added two empty netters in the win, including one scored by Jake Virtanen.

John Shorthouse called out “shotgun” as the puck went into the net, signalling Canucks nation to pound one back.

Cue Shotgun Jake:

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