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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

{allcanada} CANUCKS (21-20-12) at COYOTES (24-22-6)

 
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CANUCKS (21-20-12) at COYOTES (24-22-6)

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Season series: The Vancouver Canucks and Arizona Coyotes have split two games this season, with each won by the road team. Arizona captain Shane Doan scored twice in a 3-2 victory at Rogers Arena on Jan. 4. Daniel Sedin had the game-winner in Vancouver's 4-3 win at Gila River Arena on Oct. 30.

Canucks team scope: Vancouver goaltender Ryan Miller is likely to start Wednesday after backup Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves in a 3-1 victory at the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. However, the Canucks may be without center Brandon Sutter and defenseman Alexander Edler, each of whom left with an injury and didn't return. Sutter was cut when he was hit in the face by a puck, Edler took a puck to the ankle. "It's tough," coach Willie Desjardins said. "Both of them we'll have to evaluate [Wednesday] to make sure where we're at, but it looks like it might be a little bit of time for both of them."

Coyotes team scope: Center Tyler Gaudet is back for his third stint with Arizona after being recalled Tuesday to replace Boyd Gordon, who sustained an upper-body injury blocking a shot against the Chicago Blackhawks last Thursday. "I'm interested to see what he can do," coach Dave Tippett told the Coyotes website after practice, in which he skated on a line with Viktor Tikhonov and Kyle Chipchura, a line that's likely to stay together against the Canucks. "This is a great opportunity for a young player. This could be a turning point in his career." Doan enters the game with 928 career points, one shy of Dale Hawerchuk's Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets record. He needs one goal to reach 20 for the 13th time in his career. The Coyotes have lost four in a row and play their next three games against Pacific Division teams; they are 11-4-2 within their division.

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{allcanada} Short-handed Flames hold on for 4-3 win over Maple Leafs

 

CALGARY, Alberta -- Markus Granlund scored short-handed for his first goal in 21 games and added an assist to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

It was the first multipoint game of the season for Granlund, a healthy scratch the previous three games. The Finnish center was back in the lineup due to three benchings at forward by Flames coach Bob Hartley.

All-Star Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan -- the team's top two scorers -- along with veteran Lance Bouma were healthy scratches for disciplinary reasons after reportedly arriving to the arena late for practice on Monday.

Mikael Backlund, Michael Ferland and Dougie Hamilton also scored for Calgary, which won consecutive games for the first time in a month.

The Flames are seven points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. They are eight points back of Anaheim, which occupies third place in the Pacific Division.

Peter Holland and Josh Leivo, with his first of the season, scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs have dropped the first two on a five-game road trip, which continues Thursday in Edmonton.

The Maple Leafs were also without several key players, the most notable being captain Dion Phaneuf, who was involved in a nine-player trade with the Ottawa Senators earlier in the day.

Toronto was also missing recently injured Joffrey Lupul, Tyler Bozak and Shawn Matthias. James van Riemsdyk (foot) was already out.

Ahead 2-1 after the opening 20 minutes, Calgary surged in front by three with the first two goals of the second.

At 4:06, Ferland steered Joe Colborne's centering pass behind goalie James Reimer for his second goal in the last 25 games.

Just more than 10 minutes later, Hamilton got the puck from Granlund and wristed a 55-footer into the top corner.

Leivo picked the top corner at 17:17 of the second to get the Maple Leafs back within two, and Toronto made things real interesting when Gardiner beat Jonas Hiller to the same spot 8:37 into the third.

However, despite the encouragement of the many pockets of boisterous Toronto supporters in the sellout crowd of 19,289, the Maple Leafs could not complete the comeback even with late pressure.

Hiller made 32 stops while Reimer finished with 18 saves.

Game notes
Inserted into the Toronto lineup were a trio of forwards recalled Monday from the AHL in
Rich Clune, Leivo and Mark Arcobello. ... Calgary D Jakub Nakladal made his NHL debut but only played two shifts for a total ice time of 1:45. ... With seven defensemen dressed, Deryk Engelland started the game on right wing before returning to the blue line.

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{allcanada} Horvat's 2 points lead Canucks past Avalanche 3-1

 

DENVER -- The Vancouver Canucks got defensive Tuesday night to help stop their four-game skid.

Bo Horvat had a goal and an assist, Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves and chipped in with an assist, and Vancouver got four points from its defensemen to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Matt Bartkowski scored his first goal in nearly three months, Ben Hutton had two assists. Sven Baertschi also scored for the Canucks, whose recent 0-3-1 stretch had dropped them to fifth in the Pacific Division.

They stopped that slide with help from the back end. Bartkowski, Hutton and Luca Sbisa accounted for four of team's nine points in the game.

"We have the ability to do that," Sbisa said. "We're all pretty good skaters, we have decent puck skills. It's coming around. We've been playing decent hockey the last three or four games, but we didn't find a way to win.

"Tonight, we did."

Sbisa showed the way on the clinching goal. He got the puck behind his own net, skated nearly the length of the ice and fed Horvat for a goal at 4:30 of the third.

"I saw open ice, they misplayed it a bit, took the ice and it ended up in the net," Sbisa said. "Bo put a great shot on net."

Francois Beauchemin scored the lone goal for Colorado, and Semyon Varlamov had 25 saves while the Avalanche continued to scuffle on home ice, where they are 12-13-4.

"Home ice, especially, you have to find ways to put the puck in the back of the net and we are just not doing that right now," Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog said.

The Avalanche couldn't capitalize on three straight power plays and 1:25 of 5-on-3 in the first, but took a 1-0 lead on Beauchemin's seventh goal of the season at 2:26 of the second.

The Canucks scored twice before the end of the second to take a 2-1 lead at intermission. Bartkowski's wrister at 9:43 tied it and gave him his first goal since Nov. 2.

"We had a chance to get some momentum," Roy said. "We took the 1-0 lead and seemed like we did a great job killing that penalty. Unfortunately for us, they scored just as the penalty expired. That gave them some momentum."

Baertschi knocked in Hutton's rebound at 16:22 to give Vancouver the lead. Colorado coach Patrick Roy challenged the goal because he thought forward Jake Virtanen pushed Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie into Varlamov, but the goal stood up upon review.

The Canucks could have led by more, but Varlamov stopped Daniel Sedin and Virtanen on breakaways in the second.

Horvat iced the game with his 10th goal. Varlamov went off for an extra skater with 3:25 left, but the Avalanche could only get three harmless shots on Markstrom.

"It was a good game from the bottom to the top," Markstrom said. "We had some huge kills late in the first and early in the second and we had some timely goals. That was probably our best team effort in the third period."

Game notes
Vancouver C
Brandon Sutter left midway through the second when he took a puck to the face. He did not return. D Alexander Edler also left in the second period with an undisclosed injury. ... Avalanche D Nick Holden wore a full face shield to protect his broken nose. It was injured on a high stick by Winnipeg's Drew Stafford on Saturday night. ... Avalanche RW Jack Skille missed his second straight game with a concussion.

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{allcanada} Scheifele's goal gives Jets 2-1 shootout win over Blues

 

ST. LOUIS -- Mark Scheifele looked like a player who had scored plenty of shootout goals. The Winnipeg Jets looked like a team that could play with one of the NHL's best.

Scheifele scored the lone shootout goal in the fourth round, his first in four career attempts, and the Jets pulled out a 2-1 victory over St. Louis on Tuesday night. The Blues had been 3-0 this season against Winnipeg, all three victories by one goal.

"It was more of a confidence-boosting win than who the win was against," said Bryan Little, who scored his 16th goal for the Jets. "It's nice to beat a team like St. Louis but I think we'll take anything right now."

The Jets, last in the Central Division, beat the Blues for just the second time in 15 games (2-11-2) overall since moving back to Winnipeg in 2011. Dustin Byfuglien had an assist a day after signing a $38 million, five-year contract extension with the Jets, who are 4-0-1 in their last five on the road, including a victory at Colorado on Saturday.

"Every team has to find its soul," coach Paul Maurice said. "I think that's a big deal when you get `Buff' signed. It's positive and it's exciting."

Brian Elliott made 32 saves in regulation and overtime for the Blues, held to one goal or none in five of their last six games. Colton Parayko ended a 20-game goal drought in the second period for St. Louis, which is in third in the Central with 69 points -- 18 ahead of Winnipeg.

"We all talk about line combinations and chemistry -- you've got to play harder than this," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "A lot harder than this."

Elliott has allowed one or fewer goals in five of his last seven starts with a 1.27 goals-against average and .958 save percentage. But his record is just 3-2-2 in that stretch.

Elliott's glove save on Blake Wheeler was perhaps the top play of a scoreless first period, but the goalie couldn't handle a high rebound and paid for it when Little had a tap-in to put the Jets in front 15 seconds into the second.

"It was spinning up in the air and you kind of lose it up in the lights and stuff," Elliott said. "No excuses; they capitalized on it."

Scheifele has 12 goals on the season and has a point in all five games since missing 11 of 14 games with injuries. He scored on a high drive in the shootout after Elliott made pad saves on Wheeler, Andrew Ladd and Little.

"I've done it a lot in juniors and obviously in practice, too," Scheifele said. "So you know what you can do and I was happy to do it."

Parayko scored his seventh goal on a drive from near the blue line to tie it at 2:27 of the second on a power play.

Winnipeg was a whisker away from taking the lead midway through the third. Tyler Myers' shot from the point deflected off Ladd and then ticked off the post, bounced flat just in front of the goal line and slid away.

St. Louis had a 4-1 shots advantage in overtime and buzzed the net at the end, although Connor Hellebuyck didn't have to make a save.

Blues defensemen had to shoulder a heavier load in their first game without Alex Pietrangelo, out at least three weeks with a right knee injury. Pietrangelo is fourth in the NHL averaging 26:40 on the ice per game, and Kevin Shattenkirk stepped up with 27:54 against Winnipeg.

Game notes
Jets forward
Drew Stafford served a one-game suspension for drawing blood with a high stick on Colorado D Nick Holden on Saturday. ... The Blues unveiled their 50th anniversary logo, which they'll use next season, in a pregame ceremony. Former player and coach Bob Plager and an original season-ticket holder dropped ceremonial pucks. ... Jets G Ondrej Pavelec, out since Nov. 21 with a knee injury, is with the team and could be close to returning.

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