Boeser scored a goal Tuesday in a 3-2 overtime win over Pittsburgh. Boeser wasted little time ending things, scoring just over 30 seconds into the extra frame. The 21-year-old American now has points in four straight games and appears to have settled into a nice groove after a somewhat slow start to the season. Boeser and the Canucks will battle the Jets on Thursday.
Boeser slapped home the eventual game-winning goal in a 4-1 win against the Lightning on Thursday. Alex Killorn's errant pass was picked off by Boeser, who immediately turned around and fired the puck past an unsuspecting Andrei Vasilevskiy for his first goal of the season. It's a sigh of relief for the young sniper, who had been nearly invisible to start the season. It's clear that defenses are focusing on Boeser so he may not be as efficient as he was last season, but he's getting top-six minutes and plenty of action on the power play.
Boeser tallied one assist in Tuesday's 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Hurricanes. Apart from his lone helper, Boeser finished the game a minus-3, moving him to minus-7 through three games. Coming off a wildly impressive rookie campaign that saw him put up 55 points, the 21-year-old winger is off to a slow start in 2018-19. Having registered only three shots on goal in three games, Boeser needs to do a better job finding his spots than he has to this point.
Boeser's slow start is due to him playing scared, writes Harrison Mooney of The Province. Boeser's season ended early last year when his back was fractured from landing in the open door of the Canucks bench. He claimed that it was a frightening experience, which is certainly understandable. Coming back from a long-term injury is difficult on its own, and adding a mental element could be putting a lot on the 21-year-old's shoulders.
Boeser played just under 19 minutes, finishing with a minus-2 in the Canucks' 6-0 preseason loss to Edmonton on Tuesday. Coming off 55 points in 2017-18, the 21-year-old winger will look to improve on what was a remarkable campaign. Boeser has fully recovered from a back injury suffered in March and should pick up where he left off a season ago even if the Canucks struggle as a team in 2018-19.
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