With the 2021-22 NHL schedule, there was a back-to-back in Colorado and then Minnesota and you knew the Vancouver Canucks would have trouble in their second game.
And while they played hard on Wednesday night in Denver — their “ballsiest effort of the season” said J.T. Miller — taking a deserved 3-1 win, they struggled for energy a night later against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
But they opened the scoring on the night, never disappeared from the game and got an unlikely point in a 3-2 overtime loss.
“Getting a good start was important and obviously salvaging a point there definitely feels nice, but I mean, obviously at the end of the day you’d like to get two (points),” Canucks captain Bo Horvat said post-game.