Sports Vancouver Giants shoot for ninth straight win with visit to Seattle tonight
Rask makes 25 saves in shutout, Bruins blank Canucks 4-0
BOSTON — Charlie Coyle had a goal and an assist, Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots for his third shutout this season and the Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to four games with a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Karson Kuhlman also scored. Charlie McAvoy had two assists as Boston won for the fifth time in six games, remaining a point behind Washington for the best record in the Eastern Conference.Jacob Markstrom made 38 saves for Vancouver, keeping his team close until the Bruins got goals late in the third period by Krejci and Kuhlman.
The Vancouver Giants will be looking for their longest win streak since 2008-09 when they visit the Seattle Thunderbirds tonight (6:05 p.m., Sportsnet 650).
The Giants won their eighth in a row Friday night with a 5-2 triumph over the Victoria Royals at the Langley Events Centre.
Vancouver (27-20-3-2) trail the Royals (29-19-4-1) by four points with a game in hand for second place in the B.C. Division and the home-ice advantage in the first round of the WHL Western Conference playoffs that goes with it. Vancouver’s 16 remaining league games include three against the Royals, coming all in a row from Feb. 28-March 1.
Coyotes end 5-game losing streak with 3-0 win over Oilers
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes were missing two of their best defencemen, not the ideal situation when facing two of the NHL's best scorers. The holes in the lineup only seemed to sharpen the Coyotes' focus. Conor Garland and Lawson Crouse scored two minutes apart in the second period, Antti Raanta stopped 30 shots and the Coyotes ended a five-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. “It's not reallyThe holes in the lineup only seemed to sharpen the Coyotes' focus.
Vancouver is eight points up on the fourth-place Kelowna Rockets (24-25-1-2). The top three teams from the B.C. and U.S. divisions plus the two teams with the next best records regardless of division advance to the Western Conference post-season. The second-place team in B.C. has home ice against the third-place team in the first round, meaning that a playoff showdown between the Giants and Royals is likely.
The Giants had an eight-game win streak in their sterling second half last season, running from Jan. 6-Jan. 26. The Giants were 24-3-1-0 after the Jan. 10 trade deadline last season.
This Vancouver team has gone 10-4-1-0 so far since its trade cutoff date.
A victory tonight would mark the franchise’s longest victory string since the Giants took 10 in a row from Jan. 17-Feb.7 2009. Evander Kane had three game-winning goals in that stretch, Craig Cunningham had a pair.
Dube records career-high three points in Flames' 6-2 victory over Canucks
VANCOUVER — It was a game that could have been over barely after it started. The Calgary Flames found themselves trailing 1-0 after just 34 seconds, then got some momentum from a fight on the next faceoff and went on to hand the Vancouver Canucks a 6-2 loss Saturday night. The Flames looked to be flickering when Tanner Pearson scored on Vancouver’s first shot of the game. On the following faceoff Matthew Tkachuk dropped the gloves in a fight with Vancouver’s J.T. Miller.Calgary’s Dillon Dube, who had a career-high three points, said the fight was like a shot of adrenaline.“We were stunned,” said Dube, who had a goal and two assists.
That team also had an 11-game win streak earlier that season and set a Giants’ record for wins and points in a season with their 57-10-2-3 finish.
The Giants won eight straight in the playoffs last spring, dating from the end of the Thunderbirds’ opening-round set to the middle of the third round against the Spokane Chiefs.
In the 2006 playoffs, Vancouver won their final 12 games en route to the WHL title.
On Friday, the Giants got two goals, two assists and a plus-five rating from winger Justin Sourdif against the Royals. The 2020 NHL Draft-eligible Sourdif has five goals and 15 points in the past eight games. He’s up to 21 goals and 46 points in 48 regular season games. He had 23 goals and 46 points in 64 games last season as a 16-year-old rookie.
Sourdif’s linemates Tristen Nielsen, with his 26th, and Milos Roman, with his 18th, also scored for Vancouver, as did defenceman Bowen Byram, who potted his seventh into an empty net.
Flames 6, Canucks 2: Home-ice domination ends with thud, Boeser injury
The math isn’t complicated. The Vancouver Canucks were on pace for 97 points entering a Saturday night struggle with the Calgary Flames. They know that could be the performance bar to ensure the NHL club advances to the postseason for the first time in five years. They also know if momentum is maintained on home ice — the Canucks were riding a nine-game win streak — then a six-game homestand should be the catalyst to keep the club from losing ground to a tightly-packed group of Pacific Division pursuers.
Byram also had an assist to give him a fifth straight multi-point game and sixth such outing in seven starts. He has four goals and 15 points in his last seven games.
The Giants are yet to have faced Seattle (21-25-3-3) this season. They’ll play them again on Monday afternoon at the LEC (2 p.m., Sportsnet 650) as part of Family Day festivities, and then have a home-and-home with them March 13-14.
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Report: Seattle could potentially hire head coach in summer .
Seattle's NHL franchise is looking to hire a head coach earlier than initially expected, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported on Thursday's edition of "Insider Trading." "When (general manager) Ron Francis was thinking about his first head coach, he thought he would hire him between January and June of '21," LeBrun said. "Well now, he has cleared it with ownership that he can go out and hire a coach as early as this summer." Seattle hasn't been linked"When (general manager) Ron Francis was thinking about his first head coach, he thought he would hire him between January and June of '21," LeBrun said. "Well now, he has cleared it with ownership that he can go out and hire a coach as early as this summer.
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