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Vancouver 3, Toronto 1
When: 10:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 4, 2021
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Marc Joannette, Brad Meier
Linesmen: David Brisebois, Derek Nansen
Attendance: N/A

Jake Virtanen scored two goals and Thatcher Demko had 31 saves to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

It was the second multi-goal game of Virtanen's career. Bo Horvat also scored for Vancouver, which snapped a five-game losing streak against the Maple Leafs while winning for just the fourth time in its last 16 games (4-10-2).

The Canucks did it despite playing without All-Star center Elias Pettersson, who was scratched with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.

Pierre Engvall scored for Toronto, which had a four-game winning streak snapped. Michael Hutchinson finished with 25 saves for the Maple Leafs, who suffered just their second road loss in 12 games (9-2-1) this season.

Vancouver, 0-13-0 this season when allowing the first goal, took a 1-0 lead at the 2:59 mark of the first period when Virtanen rushed the net from the left wing, cut inside defenseman Justin Holl and then lifted a shot over Hutchinson. Holl actually tapped the puck the last few inches over the line while trying to clear it from the crease.

Toronto, coming in off a three-game road sweep of Edmonton capped by a 6-1 victory on Wednesday, tied it near the end of the period on Engvall's second goal of the season. The score came right after a Toronto power play had ended.

Engvall took a pass from Ilya Mikheyev and then cut into the slot, where he fired a wrist shot past Demko's glove side.

Virtanen put Vancouver back in front midway through the second period with his third goal of the season on a power play, squeezing a bad-angle wrist shot from below the right circle between Hutchinson's left shoulder and the crossbar.

Toronto nearly tied it midway through the third period when Auston Matthews broke in for a point-blank shot that Demko turned away.

About a minute later, Horvat scored his 10th goal of the season to increase Vancouver's lead to 3-1 with a snap shot from the edge of the left circle off an Alexander Edler feed past Hutchinson's glove side.

Toronto pulled Hutchinson for an extra attacker with 2:15 remaining, but Demko turned away a point-blank shot by John Tavares, and Matthews hit the post on another close-in shot.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Toronto   Vancouver
Pierre Engvall 1 Points Jake Virtanen 2
Pierre Engvall 1 Goals Jake Virtanen 2
Ilya Mikheyev 1 Assists Alexander Edler 1
N/A Power Play Goals Jake Virtanen 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Michael Hutchinson .893 Save Percentage Thatcher Demko .969
Michael Hutchinson 25 Saves Thatcher Demko 31
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Toronto 32 1 0-2 0-1 2 23
Vancouver 28 3 1-1 2-2 4 27
Upcoming Games
  • Vancouver will play their next game at home against Toronto. The Canucks have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .353 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play their next game on the road against Vancouver. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .833 after a loss.