Vancouver Canucks upset Stanley Cup champions to open first round series

Bo Horvat (Harold Cecchetti, Wikimedia Commons)

The Vancouver Canucks pulled off the most impressive upset on Wednesday at the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Edmonton. In the first game of their first-round playoff series, Bo Horvat of London, Ontario scored twice as the Canucks defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-2.

Horvat was one of two Canadians to have a multi-point game for Vancouver. The other was Tanner Pearson of Kitchener, Ontario, who had two assists. The Blues were the defending Stanley Cup champions, and had the most points among teams in the Western Conference with 94.

There were five other Canadian hockey players to have a multi-point game on Tuesday for a winning team. In Toronto, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Patrice Bergeron of L’Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec had a goal and an assist for two points as the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in double overtime. Bergeron, who won the gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, scored the overtime winner from Brad Marchand of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and David Pastrnak. For Pastrnak, it was his fourth career playoff overtime winning goal. Marchand meanwhile, also had a multi-point game as he had two assists.

In the game between the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals in Toronto on Tuesday, two Canadians had a multi-point game for New York in a 4-2 Islanders win. Josh Bailey of Bowmanville, Ontario had one goal and one assist for two points, while Mathew Barzal of Coquitlam, British Columbia had two assists. Meanwhile in Edmonton, Nathan MacKinnon of Springhill, Nova Scotia had two assists as the Colorado Avalanche blanked the Arizona Coyotes 3-0.

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