J.T. Miller scores four points for the fourth time in his career in Vancouver’s 7-1 victory.

On Thursday night, J.T. Miller believes he and his Vancouver Canucks teammates set a new standard for themselves.

The Canucks not only ended the Calgary Flames’ 10-game winning streak, but they did so in dominating manner, defeating the visitors 7-1.

“We’ve simply established a benchmark for the rest of the year. That doesn’t mean winning by six goals, but it does mean playing the correct way, being smart on special teams, and being ready to play right away “Miller had two goals and two assists for his fourth four-point game of his career, including one on a penalty shot.

“We have a set of rules. From here on out, we’ll have to play to that. Anything less than that should be considered a failure.”

For the Canucks (25-22-6), Elias Pettersson had two goals and an assist, captain Bo Horvat scored twice, and Conor Garland scored his 14th goal of the season.

Quinn Hughes and Brock Boeser both had two assists, while All-Star goaltender Thatcher Demko made 29 stops in his 300th career game.

It was a surprise result for Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau.

He answered, “We’ll take it.” “It doesn’t happen very often when you’re playing against such a strong hockey club, but everything appeared to be going our way.”

The Flames (30-14-6) were coming off a 10-game victory streak in which they outscored their opponents 43-14. Andrew Mangiapane scored the game’s lone goal.

Before being substituted in the third period due to an equipment issue, Calgary’s Jacob Markstrom made 18 saves against his former team. In relief, Dan Vladar stopped 13 of 16 shots.

Blake Coleman, a Flames centre, stated, “You chuck that away.” “As much as you’d like to, you’re not going to win 82 games in a season.” Strong teams lose games and have terrible nights, but to be a good team, you must respond and learn from these games rather than becoming stuck in a rut.

“There was a reason we had won 10 games in a row. We’re a really good hockey team, and part of our development as a group has been our ability to bounce back from an embarrassing loss and play well at home.”

With little over two minutes left on the clock, Mangiapane spoiled Demko’s shutout by intercepting an erroneous ball in the neutral zone and scoring his 26th goal of the season.

With a glove save, Demko channelled McLean.
In honour of Vancouver’s famous goalie Kirk McLean, the Canucks wore their black throwback skate jersey and Demko added vintage-looking pads and a stick.

“There was a reason we had won 10 games in a row. We’re a really good hockey team, and part of our development as a group has been our ability to bounce back from an embarrassing loss and play well at home.”

With little over two minutes left on the clock, Mangiapane spoiled Demko’s shutout by intercepting an erroneous ball in the neutral zone and scoring his 26th goal of the season.

With a glove save, Demko channelled McLean.
In honour of Vancouver’s famous goalie Kirk McLean, the Canucks wore their black throwback skate jersey and Demko added vintage-looking pads and a stick.

When the Canucks went up 7-0, the Flames were on the power play. Pettersson got a short-handed breakaway with Travis Hamonic in the box for holding and fired a shot past Vladar from high in the slot.

“Our penalty killers weren’t very good tonight,” Calgary head coach Darryl Sutter stated. “Our defence as a whole was mediocre at best. Our penalty kill reflected this.”

On Thursday, the Canucks went 3 for 7 with the man advantage, while the Flames went scoreless on their lone power play.

Vancouver entered the game with the NHL’s 17th-best power play (19.5%), while Calgary had the NHL’s third-best penalty kill (85.6 per cent).

Early in the third, Garland extended Vancouver’s advantage to 6-0 with a rocket from one knee. The puck collided with Vladar’s outstretched stick, but the touch had no effect on the puck’s trajectory as it soared into the net.

When Matthew Tkachuk shot a puck into the back of the Canucks net through a congested crease 1:05 into the period, the Flames appeared to get on the board. However, officials on the ice swiftly disallowed the goal due to unintentional contact.

The Canucks jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second period after a scoreless first.

There was a scramble in the Calgary crease with just seconds left in the middle session, and during the melee, defenceman Rasmus Anderson clamped his hand on the puck, giving Miller a penalty shot.

The veteran forward moved out wide, then calmly drew Vladar out of the net before curling a shot over the goalie’s outstretched leg to put Vancouver up 5-0.

Horvat scored his second of the match on a power play after Blake Coleman was penalised for tripping at the 18:42 mark.

Markstrom lost a skate blade midway through the penalty and was forced to the bench for several moments before the on-ice officials ordered a goalie change, claiming the repairs were not completed quickly enough. Vladar took his place in the net for the rest of the game.

Horvat picked up a rebound at the top of the crease and blasted it in for his 17th goal of the season as Vladar had barely extended in the crease.

Horvat had already scored his 16th goal less than eight minutes before.

On a breakaway, Tyler Motte sprinted down the ice, but Markstrom made the pad save. Horvat grabbed the rebound and fired it past the Flames’ goaltender to put Vancouver up 3-0.

On Thursday, Vancouver needed a strong power play.

After Sean Monahan was sent to the box for high-sticking, Miller scored his first goal of the night 10:18 into the second period.

Miller’s shot from the faceoff circle went bar down and in, eliciting cries of “Bruce, there it is!” from Canucks supporters.

After Coleman was punished for holding, Pettersson scored on the power play 3:42 into the second period.

With a one-timer from the faceoff dot, the Swedish centre beat Markstrom stick side for his 15th goal of the season.

The Flames will host the Minnesota Wild in the first game of a two-game series on Saturday. The Canucks begin a four-game road trip against the New York Rangers on Sunday.

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