Canucks crawl back into playoff picture as J.T. Miller sinks Islanders in SO

J.T. Miller scored the only goal in the shootout as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the New York Islanders 5-4 Tuesday to crawl back into a wild card playoff spot in the tight NHL Western Conference.

Miller scored on a wristshot from the faceoff circle.

Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist for the Canucks (36-27-6), who won for the second time in seven games.

Adam Gaudette, Zack MacEwen and Bo Horvart, on the power play, also scored for Vancouver. Defenceman Alex Edler had two assists to give him 401 NHL points.

WATCH | Demko saves 45 shots to help Canucks defeat Islanders:

Thatcher Demko made 45 saves in Vancouver’s 5-4 shootout victory over New York. 1:46

Brock Nelson had a pair of goals for the Islanders (35-23-10), who continue a season-long seven-game winless streak (0-4-3). Andrew Ladd and Jordan Eberle also scored for New York while Derick Brassard had two assists.

After giving up an early lead, New York battled back to tie the game three times.

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