For the second game in a row, forward Bo Horvat collected four points and the Vancouver Canucks are very happy about it, because other performances of the kind could help them make a good comeback in the standings.
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With a 6-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, the B.C. team climbed above the .500 mark for the first time this season. Although her record of 16-15-3 earns her only sixth place in the Pacific Division, she can feed on hope. The Canucks have won three in a row and Horvat shines brightly as he ranks second in the National Hockey League with 26 goals.
"It's crazy: he has this total of goals and it's not even New Year's Eve. It's very pleasant to watch and to be able to play alongside him is great", expressed to the media Brock Boeser, one of the line partners of the prolific hockey player.
His confidence seems to carry over to the entire group, which delights head instructor Bruce Boudreau. "I think the team is starting to believe in themselves a little more and that's very important," he said.
Among the athletes enjoying a boost is Boeser, who has six goals in 26 games and had one goal and two assists on Tuesday. If he continues in the same vein, his club will improve their chances of qualifying.
“When I was at the bottom of the barrel and I was going to be taken out, I felt that I could only bounce back, he said to the daily newspaper “The Province”. I think it's about regaining confidence and working hard playing the right way. I try to help our team win first and foremost.”
Boudreau is also crossing his fingers that Boeser's comeback continues.
“Here is a good example. When 'Boes' shoots at the net, he is dangerous and he plays better when he feels he is contributing, he claimed. His hockey sense is good, knowing where people are on the rink. He's part of the elite and that's why he played with the Canucks for many years."
To wrap up 2022, the Canucks will visit the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday and the Calgary Flames on Saturday.