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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-J.T. Miller scored a hat trick and Brock Boeser had a goal and two assists as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Winnipeg Jets by a 5-1 score Thursday night.

The hat trick was Miller's second of his career.

And he felt he was on his game.

“Oh for sure. It was just a weird game," he said.

"It felt a little like three-on-three, which is kind of good and bad because you’re typically getting a look but they’re going back the other way. The puck just kind of followed me around today and I got lucky a couple went in.”

Canucks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau was more generous in his assessment of Miller's play on the night.

“J.T., he drove the bus early on. He got the first three. He could have had two more, I thought. When he got his third, I thought he could have had five goals. Went in front of the net, got the assist on the fourth one. I was really happy to see Brock moving his feet. When you move your feet, good things happen. And the same with (Pettersson)," said Boudreau.

“We're going nowhere unless we get our best players playing the best they can, and tonight was one of those nights that they did so hopefully we can keep this up on Saturday," he added.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Canucks, who dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night.

It also catapulted them past the Jets in the standings with 43 on the season.

The loss was Winnipeg's sixth in a row and leaves them five points out of the second Western Conference playoff berth with five teams ahead of them in the standings.

Elias Pettersson had a goal and an assist for the Canucks.

Luke Schenn had a pair of assists for Vancouver.

Spencer Martin stopped 33 shots to pick up his first career win.

Andrew Copp scored the lone goal for Winnipeg on the night.

Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for the Jets, who dropped to 17-16-7 on the season.

J.T. Miller got the Canucks on the board 13:23 into the first on the power play.

With Vinnie Heinola off for cross checking Brock Boeser parked himself along the goal line and found a wide open Miller just inside the circle at the hash marks.

Miller made no mistake, snapping the disc past Connor Hellebuyck to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead.

Andrew Copp tied the game at 15:32, batting a puck out of mid air and past Martin to tie the game at one.

J.T. Miller got his second of the night 5:25 into the second as he converted a Brock Boeser cross ice feed, beating Hellebuyck just inside the far post to make it 2-1.

Miller completed the hat-trick just shy of the 13 minute mark when he took a stretch pass from Quinn Hughes before moving across the blue line and wired a wrister through Jet defenceman Neal Pionk and past Hellebuyck.

The goal was his 15th of the season.

Brock Boeser scored on the power play 1:08 into the third to give the Canucks a three-goal cushion.

The goal was his 11th of the season.

Elias Pettersson fired his 11th goal of the season at the 14 minute mark of the third period, skating into a Tyler Myers cross ice feed before wiring a wrister past Hellebuyck to make it 5-1 Vancouver.

Andrew Copp, who scored the lone Jet goal on the night and narrowly missed another on a second period cross bar, said his club is out of synch.

“A lot of things, I guess. I think our PK has been going pretty good, but that struggled tonight. I think there's just a lot of different facets where we're just a half step off. So, it's gotta get cleaned up, we just got to play better," he said.

Jets Head Coach Dave Lowry simply outlined his club's shortcomings on the night.

“I thought we made a couple mistakes. I thought we did a lot of really good things. I know the score…they had two power play goals, off of faceoffs. Pucks to the net. And they capitalized on their opportunities," he said.

“We’re going to have to continue to work. We’ve got a group here where we know how to win. We’re not the first team that has faced this kind of situation. We just will continue to work, we’ll work for our bounces, we’ll work for our breaks, and win a hockey game."

Both teams are back in action on Saturday as Vancouver visits Calgary while Winnipeg travels to St. Louis.

SHOTS-VANCOUVER 33 WINNIPEG 34

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NOTES-Canuck defenceman Tucker Poolman left the game after the first period and did not return.

Jets Rookie forward Cole Perfetti burned the first year of his NHL entry level contract by playing in the game, which was his tenth of the season.

Winnipeg's Adam Lowry played in his 500th NHL career game.

Jets D Johnny Kovacevic skated in his first NHL career game.

Last modified on Friday, 28 January 2022 04:37
Philip Paul-Martin

A well rounded journalist with experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Philip has written news stories with impact, broken national news while at the CBC, anchored radio news and hosted talk show radio. His coverage includes feature writing, game stories and more in-depth pieces during the off-season as well as writing about the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Jets. He calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.