Sports Canucks score twice in shootout, beat Flyers 5-4
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VANCOUVER — Seeing fans in the stands at Rogers Arena Sunday night was fuel for Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat. Capacity was capped at 50 per cent, with 9,108 hockey lovers taking in the Canucks' 3-2 pre-season win over the Winnipeg Jets, but even the limited crowd provided a much-needed boost, Horvat said. "You guys actually have no idea how much better it is, honest to God," he told reporters after the game. "Not only just atmosphereCapacity was capped at 50 per cent, with 9,108 hockey lovers taking in the Canucks' 3-2 pre-season win over the Winnipeg Jets, but even the limited crowd provided a much-needed boost, Horvat said.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With a raucous Philly crowd against them, and a third-period collapse still raw, the Vancouver Canucks pulled themselves together and believed the best was still ahead.
“It’s a rocking building, we’re on the road, anything could happen,” forward J.T. Miller said.
How does a shootout win two nights after losing in one sound?
Elias Pettersson and Miller scored shootout goals and Vancouver scored four times in the second period to lead the Canucks past the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 on Friday night.
Travis Konecny and Claude Giroux scored over the final 2:17 of regulation in the Flyers’ season opener that tied it 4-all and sent the crowd into an absolute frenzy.
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Vancouver won its first game of the season after dropping a shootout to Edmonton in its opener.
"I don’t think we felt like they took the life back," Miller said. “Anything can happen once you get to overtime. We did it to a team two nights ago. It’s part of the game."
Vasily Podkolzin scored his first NHL goal and Alex Chiasson also had one against Carter Hart in the second period. Chiasson’s one-year deal in Vancouver came with $750,000 — but no spellcheck. His jersey had the i and a flipped, spelling his name “Chaisson.” He showed grit playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the misspelled one on the back. Pettersson and Miller also scored in the second.
Thatcher Demko couldn’t hold the lead for the Canucks.
Konecny scored with 2:17 left make it 4-3 and the Flyers then pulled Hart for the extra attacker. The moved worked when Giroux beat Demko for their second goal in 1 minute, 5 seconds and tied the game.
Turris scores winner in shootout to lift Oilers 3-2 over Canucks in season opener
EDMONTON — Kyle Turris made the most of a rare opportunity on Wednesday night. Turris scored the shootout winner as the Edmonton Oilers started the season off with a win despite giving up a late lead, defeating the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. The 32-year-old forward, who had a career high 64 points with the Ottawa Senators in 2014-2015, but has fallen on tough times of late with just five points in 27 games with the Oilers last season, is eager to turn things around. "It's really big," Turris said of the shootout winner. "I'll be the first to admit I had a bad year last year. Coming back, I want to prove myself and that is what I am working towards doing.
Until then, the Canucks looked at home in their first game in the United States since March 1, 2020, and pounced on Hart in an abysmal second period.
Once considered the franchise goalie, the 23-year-old Hart couldn’t shake last season’s regression in this one’s opener. Hart was absolutely lost when he lost a puck that rested against his skate, allowing Miller to poke it in for a 4-2 lead.
Video: Canucks hang on to beat Flyers in shootout (cbc.ca)
The Flyers were booed off the ice to end the period — not even 24 hours after the Philadelphia Eagles were booed off the field in a loss — and the early returns on a Hart rebound weren’t promising.
“You’re going to get a lot of bounces that don’t go your way. We got a couple of bounces to go our way at the end,” Hart said.
The Canucks lost their opener but ended the Flyers’ streak of five straight wins in their first game of the season. Philadelphia overhauled its roster in the offseason, trading for Ryan Ellis and Rasmus Ristolainen and signing Keith Yandle and Derick Brassard. The Flyers also signed backup goaltender Martin Jones and traded for forward Cam Atkinson.
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The changes mean it could take time for the Flyers to come together.
“That hesitation that maybe we have in our game right now, that’s going to go away," Giroux said.
Atkinson scored his first goal with the Flyers in the second to make it 3-2. Joel Farabee, who signed a six-year, $30 million extension, also scored for the Flyers.
Flyers fans tailgated hours before the game, they packed the place for the opener, Gritty stirred the crowd into an orange frenzy and when Farabee scored first, the new goal song “This Girl” kept the fun times rolling.
Podkolzin, the 10th overall pick of the 2019 draft, snapped a wrister for his milestone goal and Hart failed to cover the post when Elias Pettersson smacked one off the back wall and into the net for a 2-1 lead.
Chiasson scored one from his knees as the puck trickled part Hart. Miller had the easy poke.
“For the most part, I’ve liked probably five of our first six periods so far. Nice to see our guys get rewarded tonight,” Canucks coach Travis Green said.
JIMMY HAYES REMEMBERED
Giroux was among a handful of players who had “Be Like Jimmy” inscribed on their skates in memory of former NHL player -- and the late brother of Flyers center Kevin Hayes -- Jimmy Hayes. Jimmy Hayes was 31 when he was found dead inside his home over the summer. Kevin Hayes is out a few more weeks after abdominal surgery.
Canucks: At Detroit on Saturday night.
Flyers: Host former coach Dave Hakstol and the Seattle Kraken on Monday night.
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Sean Couturier helps Philadelphia Flyers fend off Vancouver Canucks 2-1 .
VANCOUVER — Sean Couturier scored and added an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers used a quick start to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Thursday. James van Riemsdyk also scored on the power play for the Flyers (4-1-1) and Claude Giroux had two assists. Quinn Hughes scored for the Canucks (3-4-1). All the goals came early in the first period. Flyer goaltender Martin Jones, a Vancouver native, stopped 27 shots. Vancouver goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 shots. The Canucks had a chance with 1:20 remaining when Flyer defenceman Ivan Provoro was called for tripping. With Halak pulled, Vancouver had a six-on-four advantage and managed two shots but couldn’t score.