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NHL - US Sports: Miller stepping up for Canucks

Head coach Bruce Boudreau reserved special praise for forward J.T. Miller after he scored and had three assists to help the Vancouver Canucks defeat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3.

The Canucks, 60/1 to win the Stanley Cup, have won three in a row and eight of their past ten games, all of which Miller has scored at least a point in.

Miller hitting top form

Over the ten-game streak, the 28-year-old has amassed 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) and said after the Montreal win that games are easy to get up for when points are so crucial for the Canucks' play-off chances.

Over 56 games this season, Miller has racked up 67 points (23 goals, 44 assists) which ranks tenth overall in the NHL.

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Miller and 67-year-old Boudreau have played a pivotal role in turning Vancouver's season around after he replaced Travis Green on 6th December.

At that time, the Canucks were last in the Pacific Division with a 9-15-2 record, but have since improved to 29-23-6 and risen up to fifth and back in the hunt for a Wild Card spot to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Miller taking the lead

Miller is in his third season with the Canucks and 11th in the NHL. Over 613 regular season games with Vancouver, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers the centreman has collected 422 points (160 goals, 262 assists).

Boudreau said to the media about him: "He's taken over as the catalyst and the leader. It's wonderful to see because you need that at this time of the season."

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