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Vancouver vs Minnesota
When: 10:45 PM ET, Friday, August 7, 2020
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta

The Vancouver Canucks can secure a berth in next week's Stanley Cup playoffs with a victory in Game 4 of their Western Conference qualifying series with the Minnesota Wild on Friday night in Edmonton.

After getting blanked 3-0 in the opener of the best-of-five series by Wild goaltender Alex Stalock, the seventh-seeded Canucks bounced back to win two in a row. Vancouver grabbed the series lead with a 3-0 victory on Thursday afternoon in Game 3.

Jacob Markstrom earned his first career playoff shutout with 27 saves, and the Canucks killed seven power plays thanks in part to 14 blocked shots. Vancouver, which got a goal and an assist from both Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson, finished with 22 saves in the contest.

"Unbelievable," Markstrom said after becoming the fourth goalie in Canucks history to record a playoff shutout, joining Kirk McLean (six), Roberto Luongo (five) and Richard Brodeur (one). "The sacrifice, blocking shots and boxing out and clearing pucks ... not just (by) the (penalty) killers on the ice.

"You hear it on the bench every time someone blocked a shot. Every time somebody blocked a shot, everyone is pounding their stick, hitting the boards. It gets everybody fired up."

And it frustrated a Minnesota team that couldn't solve Markstrom on those shots that did get through. For the series, he has stopped 87 of the 92 shots that he's faced for a .946 save percentage.

Quinn Hughes led the Canucks with three assists, a franchise record for points in a playoff game by a rookie defenseman. The 20-year-old Calder Trophy finalist also tied the franchise record for points in a playoff game by any Vancouver defenseman.

"I don't think you put a price on experience," Hughes told NHL.com. "I think this is really big for all the young guys here. For us, we just try and lean on the guys that have been here a bit and try and take it one day at a time."

Markstrom said, "We've got to keep going. They've got a really good team there on the other side. We're not going to get anything for free. We've got to bring our best (Friday), too."

The Wild, the No. 10 seed, are 0-for-13 on the power play over the last two games, including 0-for-7 Thursday.

"That's the game," said Minnesota forward Kevin Fiala, who finished with four shots on goal while seven of his shots were blocked. "Sometimes we're going to score, sometimes not. Sometimes there's just nothing wrong. But they're blocking a lot of shots, too much. We've got to get those through and get us an opportunity to score goals."

The Wild face a quick turnaround in what is now an elimination game for them.

"Desperate hockey," Minnesota forward Marcus Foligno said. "I think we're a good team when we play desperate, so we should bring out the best hockey that we've played all year tomorrow. There's not one guy in (the locker room) that is thinking about going home."

Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter didn't play the final 6:51 after blocking a shot, and Wild coach Dean Evason did not have an update afterward on Suter's status for the Friday night's contest.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Vancouver 38-28-3-3 W2 23-10-2-2 15-18-1-1 7-4-0-1 31-24-3-2 11-8-1-0
Minnesota 36-29-4-3 L2 19-12-2-3 17-17-2-0 6-7-1-0 30-22-3-3 8-10-1-0
Last Meeting
Vancouver Minnesota
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
8/6/20 VAN 3 MIN 0 29 27 2-7 27 26 0-7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Vancouver Q. Hughes 3
Minnesota C. Addison 0
Goals Player  
Vancouver B. Boeser 1
Minnesota C. Addison 0
Assists Player  
Vancouver Q. Hughes 3
Minnesota C. Addison 0
Saves Player  
Vancouver J. Markstrom 27
Minnesota A. Stalock 26
Season
Total Points Player  
Vancouver J. Miller 78
Minnesota K. Fiala 58
Goals Player  
Vancouver E. Pettersson 31
Minnesota K. Fiala 27
Assists Player  
Vancouver Q. Hughes 49
Minnesota R. Suter 41
Saves Player  
Vancouver J. Markstrom 1481
Minnesota A. Stalock 1130
Quickchart Matchup
Vancouver Off vs  Minnesota Def
3.21 GF
3.11 GA
31.1 Shots
30.6 Shots
59 PP
50 PK
Minnesota Off vs  Vancouver Def
3.11 GF
3.06 GA
30.1 Shots
33.2 Shots
48 PP
44 PK