Canucks break five-game losing streak with 3-2 victory over Winnipeg at Rogers Arena

Gino Odjick's family was in the crowd to see the team win for the first time since November 7

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      Canucks general manager Jim Benning can finally let out a sigh of relief.

      That's because his team ended a five-game losing streak on November 19 with a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

      That spared Benning the humiliation of hearing the Rogers Arena crowd chanting again that he should be fired.

      Goalie Thatcher Demko, selected by Benning in the second round of the 2014 NHL entry draft, turned aside 37 shots.

      For the Canucks, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland scored power-play goals and Vancouver native Kyle Burroughs posted the first goal of his career.

      Nikolaj Ehlers and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored for the Jets, the latter coming at 17:32 of the third period after the Jets had pulled their goalie for an extra attacker.

      A last-second save by Demko ensured the Canucks came out on top.

      It was their first win since a 6-3 victory over Dallas on November 7.

      The Canucks entered the game with the league's worst penalty-killing record. But they avoided more media criticism in this area by keeping out of the sin bin for the entire match against the Jets.

      That led Demko to quip afterward that the team had a 100 percent record. 

      The Jets were playing their third game in four nights, yet still managed to outshoot the Canucks 39-29.

      Earlier this year, Benning extended Demko's contract for five years.

      After Benning felt that Demko was ready to be the team's Number 1 goalie in 2020, he allowed star goalie Jacob Markstrom to become an unrestricted free agent.

      Markstrom signed a huge contract with the Calgary Flames in 2020 and has already posted five shutouts this year.

      One of the highlights of last night's game was a shout-out to former Canucks enforcer Gino Odjick, who was in the crowd.

      Odjick tweeted his personal thanks to Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini and vice president Chris Brumwell for flying his entire family out from Quebec to see the game.

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