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article imageCanucks must decide as Bo Horvat gets 3 assists in win over Hawks

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 24, 2014 in Sports
Canucks rookie Bo Horvat got three assists Sunday, the first assists of his NHL career, as Vancouver beat the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1. The team's Great Dane, Danish forward Jannik Hansen, got a hat-trick, the trigger man for each Horvat assist.
It was NHL game eight for Horvat and he has one left before Vancouver must decide to keep him, burning up a year of his entry-level contract, or send him back to junior. They may keep the 19-year-old for one more game, send him to the World Junior Championship, taking up his December, then make the decision as to his fate for the rest of the season.
Horvat showed he's ready for prime time in this game, and the last against the Anaheim Ducks when he scored his first NHL goal. In this one, Hansen started the scoring in the first when Derek Dorsett streaked down the left boards and knocked the puck toward Horvat, who reached in front of a defender and tipped it enough it scooted over to a charging Hansen, who beat Corey Crawford.
After Chicago tied it in period two, Horvat and Dorsett again set up Hansen in the third and Vancouver was up 2-1. Radim Vrbata became the first Canuck this season to hit double figures in goals as he then got his tenth. Though part of the play, Daniel Sedin didn't get an assist and went pointless in his 1,000th NHL game.
The scoring ended on the night when Hansen, from Chris Higgins and Horvat again, got his hat-trick goal into an empty net.
The game's winning goal started when Horvat won a face-off against Jonathan Toews; the play meant something extra for Horvat. "Believe it or not that's my idol," he said. "That's the guy I wanted to model my game after and that's the guy I watched growing up. To take a face off against him a couple times and to be on the same sheet of ice as him, it's pretty cool."
On the night, Horvat won 13 out of 16 face-offs and coach Willie Desjardins, who loves to roll four lines, gave Horvat, playing on the fourth line, his most ice-time to date, 14 minutes and 27 seconds.
For Vancouver, once Horvat plays one more game, his ninth in the NHL, the question will become should Bo stay, or should Bo go.
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