Bo snipes, Tryamkin dishes, Markstrom sprawls, Tanev joins the rush and Granlund converts during the best plays from February.
Horvat snipes on rush vs. Wild (02/04/17)
Bo Horvat was looking for his first point of the month when the Canucks took on the Minnesota Wild at Rogers Arena in their second game of February. It didn't take long for the 21-year-old to make his mark. With Vancouver trailing Minnesota 3-1 midway through the middle frame, Horvat charged up the ice on a 2-on-1 with Alex Burrows. Horvat looked as if he was going to shoot most of the way, before making several glances towards Burrows as he approached the net. After looking over at his linemate, Horvat quickly fired a shot past the blocker of Devan Dubnyk to bring Vancouver within a goal. While the Canucks dropped a 6-3 decision on the night, Horvat's patience and precision shooting was on full display. The youngster struck four times in February, bringing him up to a career-high 18 tallies on the season.
Video: MIN@VAN: Horvat wires in a wrister to finish rush
Tryamkin feeds Horvat vs. Blues (02/16/17)
The Canucks were trying to end a six-game road trip on a winning note when they took on the Blues at Scottrade Center in mid-February. Credit Nikita Tryamkin for trying to doing his part. With Vancouver trailing 1-0 midway through the opening period, the 6' 7" Russian rearguard went to work. After veteran Jay Bouwmeester attempted to make a clearing pass, Tryamkin made a fantastic play to keep the puck in the zone at the blueline. After making a smart read, intercepting the pass and keeping the play onside, Tryamkin feathered a beautiful feed to Bo Horvat down low. Horvat made no mistake in roofing a shot past Jake Allen to tie the game. Tryamkin's hockey intelligence was on full display as he recognized the pass Bouwmeester was looking to make and stepped in to intercept it.
Video: VAN@STL: Horvat roofs a quick shot past Allen
Markstrom sprawls out and robs Sabres' Reinhart with the pad (02/12/17)
With the Canucks and Sabres locked 2-2 midway through the second period, Jacob Markstrom made sure the score remained tied with a fantastic display of flexibility. The Canucks encountered a 3-on-2, as Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Evander Kane moved in on Markstrom. Eichel feathered a pass down low to Reinhart, who made a power move to cut out front and across the crease. Markstrom showed off his athleticism as he stretched out with the pad and robbed Reinhart with the left leg. Markstrom's robbery came at a pivotal moment in the game, as it prevented Vancouver from falling behind and paved the way for an eventual 4-2 victory. It was one of Markstrom's 26 stops on the night, as he picked up his second win against Buffalo this season.
Video: VAN@BUF: Markstrom robs Reinhart with sprawling save
Best Clutch Play
Tanev joins rush to put out Flames (02/18/17)
Chris Tanev doesn't always join the rush. But when he does, he makes sure he makes the most of it. With the Canucks and Flames tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, an overtime session was needed. The play started in Vancouver's end after Tanev won a battle along the boards with Michael Frolik. Immediately after recovering the puck, Tanev darted up ice and sent a pass to Daniel Sedin at the blueline. After feeding Daniel, Tanev outhustled a back-checking Frolik and went to the net before getting the return feed from Daniel. Tanev didn't even have time to control the puck, as he waited a few seconds to catch up to it before wiring a shot upstairs past the glove of Brian Elliott to win the game for Vancouver. It was the first goal of the season for the blueliner, who showed off his speed and intelligence as he read the play and joined the rush.
Video: CGY@VAN: Tanev, D. Sedin combine for pretty OT winner
Best Power-Play Goal
Granlund converts after beautiful Sedinery vs. Red Wings (02/28/17)
The Canucks were looking to finish February with a victory as they took on the Detroit Red Wings at Rogers Arena in their final game of the month. Markus Granlund did his part to ensure the team walked away with at least one point. The play started down low with some vintage Sedinery as Henrik sent a beautiful pass off the boards to his brother Daniel at the goal mouth. Daniel then sent a pass out front to Granlund, who wired a shot over the glove of Petr Mrazek to get Vancouver on the board. Vancouver ended up rallying from a 2-0 deficit and forcing overtime, with Granlund's 16th goal of the season coming at a crucial point. The Finnish sniper netted four tallies in February, including markers in back-to-back games to close out the month. The 23-year-old has already doubled the career high of eight goals he set with the Flames in 2014-15.
Video: DET@VAN: Granlund nets one-timer off Sedin passes