Canucks defeat Wild in Game 2 of Cup Qualifiers, even series


The Vancouver Canucks held on for a 4-3 win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 to even the Stanley Cup Qualifiers series at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Tuesday.

J.T. Miller and Bo Horvat each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves for his first NHL postseason win.

Kevin Fiala scored twice in the final 2:29 to get the Wild, the No. 10 seed in the West, within one goal.

Game 3 of the best-of-5 series is in Edmonton, the Western Conference hub city, on Thursday (2:30 p.m. ET; NHL.TV, NHLN, SN, FS-N). Teams that win Game 3 after a series is tied 1-1 are 21-7 (75 percent) winning a best-of-5 NHL series (14-2 when last used from 1980-86).

Tanner Pearson scored from the right face-off circle to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead 24 seconds into the first period.

Luke Kunin scored a shorthanded goal off a cross-ice pass from Zach Parise to tie the game 1-1 at 17:16.

Miller gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead at 3:01 of the second when he scored unassisted off a turnover.

Brock Boeser scored on a rebound for a 3-1 lead at 8:42.

Horvat tipped a shot by Quinn Hughes on the power play for a 4-1 lead at 6:22 of the third.

Fiala scored to make it 4-2 at 17:32 and again with eight seconds left to make it 4-3. He has scored three goals in the series.

Canucks forwards Micheal Ferland and Antoine Roussel each left the game. Ferland did not play after taking four shifts in the first period. Roussel left the game 4:18 into the third period after getting hit in the face by a deflected puck.

Vancouver forwards Tyler Toffoli and Adam Gaudette did not play and were replaced by Jake Virtanen and Loui Eriksson.

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