Maybe it was that long run of futility against New Jersey that motivated the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday at Rogers Arena. Maybe it was starting strong and smart to quiet the critics.

And maybe it was J.T Miller once again doing everything to drag his club into the fight with three assists to go with seven shots, 10 attempts and four hits — and captain Bo Horvat contributing two key goals and an assist — as leadership was the real story in a pivotal 6-3 victory over the speedy Devils.

Thursday

Detroit Red Wings vs. Vancouver Canucks

7 p.m., Rogers Arena. TV: Sportsnet. Radio: Sportsnet 650.

It ended a sorry streak of a dozen-straight losses to New Jersey, including a 7-2 no-show on Feb. 28 at The Prudential Center. And in not beating the Devils since a 2-0 triumph on home ice on Nov. 25, 2014, there was incentive on every level to finally get it done and put a dagger in that long losing streak to New Jersey.

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