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Adam Lowry's late goal gets Jets past Canucks

Winnipeg forward breaks tie with 8:13 remaining

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Adam Lowry scored a power-play goal with 8:13 remaining to help the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks at MTS Centre on Sunday.

The Jets (34-35-7) are 11 points behind the St. Louis Blues for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference with six games remaining.

 

WATCH: All Canucks vs. Jets highlights

 

"It was a great play, with [Blake Wheeler] keeping it in and [Mathieu Perreault] made a great pass and I was able to bury it," Lowry said. "It was nice to come out on top of the special teams battle for once."

Perreault had a goal and an assist for the Jets. Perreault has 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in his past 17 games. Michael Hutchinson made 28 saves.

"Confidence is as high as it can be," Perreault said. "For a long stretch I'm playing with [Mark Scheifele] and [Wheeler], two of our best players. Tonight, the power play clicked so it's a combination of a bunch of things, but definitely confidence."

Video: VAN@WPG: Perreault picks the corner for PPG in 2nd

Alexander Edler scored for the Canucks (30-36-9), who were eliminated from the playoff contention on March 23. Ryan Miller made 30 saves.

Moments after Hutchinson made a save on Sven Baertschi's shorthanded chance, the Jets worked the puck down low in the Canucks zone and Perreault sent it out front to Lowry for his 14th goal of the season.

"It was a tough one," Baertschi said. "The D-man kind of gave me the lane to the net, so I took it and the goalie made a good save there. I tried to pick a corner, but he made a good save and obviously it went the other way right away."

Edler scored with 22 seconds left in the first period on a shot from the point to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead.

Perreault scored a power play-goal at 13:51 of the second period to make it 1-1.

Canucks forward Brock Boeser, who signed an entry-level contract on Saturday after the University of North Dakota was eliminated from the NCAA tournament, nearly had his second NHL goal in as many days in the first period, but Mark Scheifele lifted his stick to prevent what would have been an easy tap-in.

"I finally started to settle down during the day today and just wanted to stay calm, stay poised and show up to the rink today and work as hard as I could and help contribute in anyway," Boeser said.

Video: VAN@WPG: Edler opens the scoring with long-range shot

 

Goal of the game

Perreault sent a pass between a diving Luca Sbisa and Baertschi, who was on his knees in front to Lowry open in the slot. Lowry was able get his shot off before Nikita Tryamkin could get his stick in the way.

Video: VAN@WPG: Lowry roofs scorching PPG over Miller

 
Save of the game

Baertschi picked up a loose puck shorthanded in his own zone and deked around a defender to create a 2-on-1 for the Canucks. Electing to keep the puck, Baertschi's wrist shot was saved by Hutchinson and the Jets went the other way and scored the game-winner in the third period.

Video: VAN@WPG: Hutchinson stuffs Baertschi on odd-man rush

 

Highlight of the game

Christopher Tanev's point shot hit the crossbar and the rebound came out to Boeser, whose backhand shot was saved by Hutchinson's glove hand while lying on his back.

Video: VAN@WPG: Hutchinson makes glove stop from his behind

 

Unsung performance of the game

Wheeler had four shots on goal, three hits, two assists and a takeaway in 21 minutes of ice time.

 

They said it

"I think we could have done a better job of forechecking for sure. They're missing quite a few defenseman, so I think we could've put more pressure on them. They played a simple game, they got pucks out and their forwards are fast, so they made it tough on us." -- Canucks forward Henrik Sedin

 

"Everyone said just to enjoy the first couple of games because it only happens once. [I'm] just trying to enjoy the first few games and try to get the experience." -- Canucks forward Brock Boeser.

 

"It's always nice when you play in those games where it's tight going into the third. It's a character builder. With us having a young team, every game we can have close in the third period, we're treating it as a playoff game. Like a must win to get into the playoffs, because that's the mindset you have to have in these games." -- Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson

 

Need to know

Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher left the game in the first period and did not return. There was no update on his status following the game. … The Canucks are 6-9-0 in the second game of back-to-backs. … Jets forward Patrik Laine missed the game because of an illness. … The Jets have scored a power-play goal in seven straight games.

 

What's next

Canucks: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Jets: At the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, TSN3, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Lowry, Perreault lift Jets past Canucks, 2-1

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