|Date of game: 3/24/2015
Recap: Vancouver vs. Winnipeg
Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Radim Vrbata posted two goals and an assist to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.
Henrik Sedin had a goal and two assists, Chris Higgins scored once and assisted on another and Yannick Weber also scored for the Canucks, who have won their past three games. Eddie Lack stopped 26 shots.
"Our battle level has been pretty hard," said Canucks coach Willie Desjardins.
With 90 points, Vancouver holds a four-point lead over Calgary for second place in the Pacific Division.
Blake Wheeler and Jiri Tlusty lit the lamp for the Jets, who had a five-game winning streak broken. Michael Hutchinson allowed three goals on 28 shots in the loss.
"We played pretty well for 50 minutes," said Hutchinson. "It was fun to get back in there ... not as fun sitting on the bench."
Winnipeg sits in the second wild card spot in the Western Conference with 88 points, three back of Minnesota for the top wild card position.
Trailing by two, Vancouver got one back at 10:57 of the second period off a rush play that saw Vrbata send a backhand pass from the left wing to the right where Higgins one-timed it in for his 10th of the year.
The Canucks then tied the game at 16:29 on the power play as Weber's blast from the high slot went through a screen and in for his eighth of the season.
Vancouver took its first lead of the game at the 19-minute mark of the second as Vrbata took the puck along the left boards and flew across the ice, lifting the puck over Hutchinson for a 3-2 lead.
Lack held the lead up with just over a minute to play when he made a beautiful glove save on a Mark Scheifele shot from the right side after a turnover.
Moments later, Sedin put the puck in the empty net and Vrbata did the same a few seconds later to account for the final score.
Winnipeg grabbed a 1-0 lead at 2:17 of the first on Tlusty's 14th of the year, and took a 2-0 lead 5:07 into the second when Drew Stafford wrapped the puck around from the right side and Wheeler deposited the rebound.Game Notes
Vancouver hosts Colorado on Thursday ... Winnipeg hosts Montreal on Thursday
... Vancouver went 1-for-1 on the power play while Winnipeg was 0-for-2 ...
Daniel Sedin had two assists for Vancouver.