Winnipeg Jets left wing Brandon Tanev (13) fights for control of the puck with Vancouver Canucks right wing Nikolay Goldobin (77) during first period NHL action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Winnipeg Jets left wing Brandon Tanev (13) fights for control of the puck with Vancouver Canucks right wing Nikolay Goldobin (77) during first period NHL action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Brossoit stops 40 shots as Jets blank Canucks 1-0

Former BCHLer picks up shutout in home province

VANCOUVER — Laurent Brossoit’s first career shutout happened in the right building.

Brossoit stopped 40 shots at Rogers Arena and Mark Scheifele scored the only goal as the Jets defeated the Vancouver Canucks 1-0.

“This is one of those games I don’t think I will forget,” said Brossoit, who was born in Port Alberni and grew up in Surrey. “To have that many shots and have the game go the way it did, and have my first shutout here in the building I grew up in, it was definitely a special moment.”

The Canucks pulled their goalie in the final minute and mounted a frantic attack. Brossoit faced a barrage of shots.

“You never want that kind of chaos but, at the end of the game, for it to go our way, the chaos is fine,” he said.

Brossoit showed his quickness in the first period, sticking out a pad to stop a Josh Leivo wrist shot, then blocked Elias Pettersson’s attempt on the rebound.

Midway through the second period, with Vancouver pressing on a power play, Brossoit dragged his leg in front of Alexander Edler’s shot from the point through traffic.

Brossoit improved his record this year to 8-1-1. He has 38 NHL games split between Winnipeg and Edmonton. The game against Vancouver — his first start against the Canucks — was his fourth start this month.

“It’s the most consistent amount of starts I’ve gotten in my NHL career,” said the 25-year-old, who had 25 family and friends at the game. “I appreciate the vote of confidence to have me in consistently. It’s easier to prepare.”

Head coach Paul Maurice offered some humour while praising Brossoit, who joined Winnipeg this year as a free agent.

“Our goalie was our best player,” said Maurice. “He’s earned every start that he’s got.

“He just hasn’t given us a reason ever not to start him. As good as he is in the games, he’s equally good in practice, pushing to get better all the time. If he was on a longer term deal I’d talk more nice things about him, but we’ve got to sign him again this year so he’s just all right.”

Scheifele’s goal came with 92 seconds left in the third period to give the Jets (24-10-2) their 11th win in 13 games. It also was Winnipeg’s eighth straight victory over Vancouver.

Scheifele’s shot came from the left faceoff dot on a give-and-go play with defenceman Dustin Byfuglien. It was his 22nd goal of the season.

The 25-year-old former first-round draft pick has been on a torrid pace, collecting 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in the last seven games.

Losing on a late goal was a bitter pill for the Canucks (17-18-4), who suffered just their second regulation loss in their last nine games (6-2-1).

“It’s been a couple of games we’ve lost like that,” said forward Antoine Roussel. “It’s frustrating.

“You have to come up on top and learn from those games sometimes. You can’t be losing in the last two minutes of a game. We battle all the way and crack at the end. It hurts.”

RELATED: Horvat, Virtanen have 2 points apiece as Canucks pound Blues 5-1

Vancouver coach Travis Green said the game was “something to hang your hat on” as the Canucks held their ground against the Western Conference leading Jets.

“Our team played great tonight,” said Green. “One of our better games of the year.

“The guys wanted to win bad tonight and they played like it. We’ll be fine if we keep playing like that.”

While Green is pleased with the Canucks’ progression, goaltender Jacob Markstrom was frustrated the team remains 10th in the Western Conference, one point out of a playoff spot.

“We haven’t accomplished anything,” said Markstrom, who stopped 22 shots. “We are under .500 at Christmas time. You can’t say this is an accomplishment.”

NOTES: Edler played his 782nd game to surpass Harold Snepts for the most by a Canucks defenceman. …. Second-period shots were 17-7 in favour of Vancouver. … Early in the first period Byfuglien blasted a slapshot that hit forward Blake Wheeler in the midsection. Wheeler needed help getting to the bench and headed to the dressing room but returned later in the period. …. Winnipeg centre Andrew Copp missed his 10th straight game with an upper-body injury but is expected to return after the Christmas break.

Jim Morris, The Canadian Press

CanucksNHL

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Erik Gudbranson (44) fights for control of the puck with Winnipeg Jets center Mason Appleton (82) and Winnipeg Jets left wing Nic Petan (19) during first period NHL action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Erik Gudbranson (44) fights for control of the puck with Winnipeg Jets center Mason Appleton (82) and Winnipeg Jets left wing Nic Petan (19) during first period NHL action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Just Posted

Mike Aldersey, the Port McNeill base manager for West Coast Helicopters has been awarded the prestigious Agar/Stringer Award by the Helicopter Association of Canada. (Submitted photo)
Vancouver Island pilot receives coveted helicopter industry awards

Port McNeill based Mike Aldersey is the recipient of the 2o2o Agar/Stringer Award given out to select few Canadians

The notice at Port Hardy Secondary School’s athletic track. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
SD85 school tracks closed to the public during school hours

To keep P.E. classes safe, the restriction went into effect Nov. 30

Shoebox Project logo
Donate now to the Campbell River/North Island Shoebox Project

There is just over a week to go in The Campbell River/North Island Shoebox Project campaign

The entrance to the Port Hardy aquatic centre. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Port Hardy council will decide fate of pool revitalization project at next meeting

The pool revitalization project will be on the agenda at the Dec. 8 meeting for council to vote on.

The Port Alice Community Centre opened its doors to the public Wednesday through Friday morning, offering coffee, tea, hot soup, meals and warmth. Cots were available for overnight stays. The centre had a generator, so people were able to charge their devices. Approximately 75 residents passed through during the three-day outage. (Debra Lynn photo)
Port Alice residents talk three-day power outage

The Port Alice Community Centre opened its doors to the public Wednesday through Friday morning.

A tongue-in-cheek message about wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 on a sign outside a church near Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection count climbs back up to 656

20 more people in hospital, active cases still rising

The Walking Curriculum gets students outside and connecting with nature. (Amanda Peterson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
‘Walking Curriculum’ crafted by SFU professor surges in popularity

The outdoor curriculum encourages students to connect with the natural world

Dave Wallace coached the Parksville Royals for 23 years. (PQB News file photo)
B.C. baseball community mourns death of legendary Vancouver Island coach Dave Wallace

‘All who knew Dave and his passion for the game will miss him greatly’

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
B.C. researchers launch study to test kids, young adults for COVID-19 antibodies

Kids and youth can often be asymptomatic carriers of the novel coronavirus

A sign is seen this past summer outside the Yunesit’in Government office west of Williams Lake reminding visitors and members to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
B.C. First Nation leaders await privacy commissioner decision on COVID-19 information

Release of life-saving data cannot wait, says coalition of First Nations

MLA Jennifer Whiteside is B.C.’s new minister of education. She is speaking out against Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld and asking him to resign. (Black Press)
New education minister calls on Chilliwack trustee to resign

Whiteside echoes former minister’s promise to look at options to remove Barry Neufeld

Peter Beckett. ~ File photo
Supreme Court of Canada to decide if it will hear appeal in 2010 wife murder trial

Peter Beckett has stood trial twice for murder in connection with the death of his wife, Laura Letts-Beckett

Most Read