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NHL - US Sports: Miller embracing Canucks position

Forward J.T. Miller says he is embracing the Vancouver Canucks' push for a Stanley Cup playoff position, declaring the pressure brings out the best of him.

The Canucks, 66/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, scored three straight goals in the third period to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on Saturday.

Canucks end Leafs hoodoo

The victory was their first against the Leafs in 13 attempts dating back to 17th December 2011 (0-11-1).

28-year-old Miller opened the scoring against Toronto which was his 22nd goal of the season and 63rd point which is 19 points more than any other Canuck. He ranks 11th in the NHL for total points and 12th for assists (41).

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Canucks on form

The Canucks (28-23-6) have won five of their past six games which has seen them move up to fifth place in the Pacific Division and within four points of a Wild Card spot to earn a place in the post-season playoffs.

It's been a remarkable turnaround for Vancouver who were last in the Division and 9-15-2 when former coach Travis Green was fired and replaced by Bruce Boudreau on 6th December 2021.

Miller is in a third season with the Canucks and 11th in the NHL having previously iced for New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

He said after the win over the Leafs: "Every game feels like a do-or-die for us, which is good and bad. You don't want to be in this position but you have to embrace it because you know it has to bring the best out of you. I love it. Those games are awesome to play in, the emotion, the energy. That was just an awesome win."

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