Boudreau-era Canucks win sixth straight

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Sometimes a coaching change can make all the difference. That’s been the case so far with the Vancouver Canucks. After getting off to an 8-15-2 start, head coach Travis Green was dismissed, and Bruce Boudreau stepped in to replace him. Boudreau inherited a relatively young team with lots of potential, but a shaky track record and has guided them to six consecutive victories.

With a decisive 5-2 win against San Jose last night, the Canucks are up to 14-15-2 and stand just four points behind in the Wild Card race. They still have plenty of work ahead of them in order to completely dig themselves out of their hole and given that we’re only in mid-December it seems fair to assume that they will endure other cold stretches before this campaign is over, but there’s a renewed sense of hope with this team.

The Canucks will see if they can extend that winning streak to seven games when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night.

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MONTREAL 3 PHILADELPHIA 2 (SO)

Cayden Primeau stopped 37 of 39 shots in regulation time. He was then perfect in three shootout rounds to pick up the extra point.

Carter Hart saved 38 of 40 shots before the shootout. He allowed one goal during the skills competition though and last night that was enough to miss out on the win.

Laurent Dauphin found the back of the net for the Canadiens. It was his first goal and third point in five games.

Montreal’s other regulation goal was scored by Artturi Lehkonen. He has four goals and 11 points in 31 games.

Jackson Cates and Max Willman accounted for the Flyers’ two goals. It was Cates’ first career goal and Willman’s second.

TAMPA BAY 2 OTTAWA 1

Victor Hedman netted the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has seven goals and 30 points in 29 contests.

Alex Killorn scored the Lightning’s other marker. He’s up to nine goals and 24 points in 29 games.

Ottawa’s goal was scored by Thomas Chabot. It was his first goal and 17th point in 27 games.

Anton Forsberg turned aside 25 of 27 Lightning shots. He has a 6-5-0 record, 3.09 GAA, and .909 save percentage in 12 games.

At the other end of the ice, Andrei Vasilevskiy saved 25 of 26 shots. He’s 16-4-3 with a 2.10 GAA and .928 save percentage in 23 starts.

LOS ANGELES 4 FLORIDA 1

Jonathan Quick dominated this game, saving 41 of 42 shots. He has an 8-5-4 record, 2.03 GAA, and .935 save percentage in 17 starts.

Anze Kopitar scored the game-winning goal. That gives him nine markers and 26 points in 28 games.

Olli Maatta also netted a goal for Los Angeles. He has a goal and three points in 17 contests.

Florida’s only goal was scored by Matt Kiersted. He has a goal and two points in five games.

Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 27 of 31 shots last night. He’s having a great season, but has been struggling lately, allowing at least three goals in six of his last seven games.

VEGAS 5 NEW JERSEY 3

Nicolas Roy scored a goal for Vegas at 8:10 of the third period. At the time it gave the Golden Knights a 4-1 lead, but the Devils would manage a partial comeback.

Tomas Tatar and Jimmy Vesey each netted a goal for the Devils in the span of just 2:26 minutes to put New Jersey close. Notably, Tatar scored on the power play while Vesey managed to find the back of the net shorthanded. Unfortunately for New Jersey though, they didn’t manage to capitalize on their late efforts and still lost the game.

Jonathan Marchessault scored a goal and registered an assist for Vegas. He has 13 goals and 20 points in 24 contests.

Robin Lehner stopped 23 of 26 Devils shots, but he was not the goaltender to finish the game. With 15 seconds left in the game, there was a line brawl and after it had died down, Lehner sparked things again by swiping his stick at one of the Devils players. For that, Lehner was among those who got a misconduct penalty and Laurent Brossoit had to step in for the final 15 seconds of the contest. Brossoit didn’t face a single shot.

Mackenzie Blackwood saved 25 of 29 shots for New Jersey. He has a 5-6-3 record, 3.14 GAA, and .902 save percentage in 16 contests.

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CAROLINA 5 DETROIT 3

Dylan Larkin scored a goal and registered an assist for the Red Wings. He’s up to 12 goals and 25 points in 26 contests.

Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 28 of 32 shots last night. This was his first start against Carolina since being traded to the Red Wings over the summer.

Nino Niederreiter scored two goals, including the game winner. He has eight goals and 15 points in 22 contests.

Jesper Fast assisted on two of Carolina’s five goals. He has six goals and 10 points in 28 games.

Frederik Andersen saved 23 of 26 Red Wings shots. He has a 15-5-0 record, 1.98 GAA, and .928 save percentage in 20 starts.

NY ISLANDERS 3 BOSTON 1

Semyon Varlamov led the Islanders to victory by saving 40 of 41 shots. He nearly had a shutout but was finally scored on at 19:06 of the third period.

Mike Reilly accounted for the shutout spoiling goal. It was his third goal and fifth point in 23 games.

Linus Ullmark turned aside 25 of 27 Islanders shots. He has a 7-5-0 record, 2.52 GAA, and .922 save percentage in 12 starts.

Cal Clutterbuck contributed two goals for the Islanders. He has five goals and points in 25 games.

Anthony Beauvillier accounted for the Islanders’ other goal. That gives him four goals and eight points in 23 contests.

NASHVILLE 5 COLORADO 2

Mikko Rantanen scored a goal and registered an assist for the Avalanche. He’s up to 14 goals and 30 points in 24 contests.

Pavel Francouz stopped 30 of 34 Predators shots. This was his first NHL start of the 2021-22 campaign. Originally Darcy Kuemper was expected to start, but Kuemper was a late scratch for COVID-19 related reasons.

Filip Forsberg scored two goals, including the game winner, and registered an assist. He has 13 goals and 21 points in 20 contests.

Three of Nashville’s five goals were assisted on by Colton Sissons. He has three goals and 12 points in 28 games.

Juuse Saros saved 24 of 26 shots on Thursday. He’s won his last four starts and has allowed just seven combined goals over that span.

BUFFALO 3 MINNESOTA 2 (SO)

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 30 of 32 shots in regulation time. He was perfect in three shootout rounds to pick up the win. It’s also worth noting that he’s now allowed exactly two goals in each of his first five starts this season.

Cam Talbot saved 38 of 40 shots before the skills competition. He was beaten once in three shootout rounds to miss out on the extra point.

Kirill Kaprizov scored a goal for the Wild. It was his 11th marker and 33rd point in 29 games.

Mark Pysyk found the back of the net at 12:03 of the third period. The Wild were up 2-1 prior to Pysyk’s efforts and his goal ultimately forced overtime.

Buffalo’s other goal was scored by Dylan Cozens. He has eight goals and 15 points in 29 contests.

EDMONTON 5 COLUMBUS 2

The Oilers snapped their six-game skid and it was ultimately Jesse Puljujarvi who stepped up to make that happen. He got the Oilers on the board early with back-to-back goals just 46 seconds apart in the first period. He later added an assist, giving him 23 points in 28 games.

Connor McDavid assisted on two of Edmonton’s five goals. He has 16 goals and 47 points in 28 games.

Stuart Skinner saved 36 of 38 Blue Jackets shots. He allowed two goals on 14 shots in the third period, but by then the Oilers had some breathing room.

Elvis Merzlikins stopped 25 of 29 shots through two periods. Joonas Korpisalo came out for the third frame and turned aside the 15 shots he faced.

Gustav Nyquist scored a goal for the Blue Jackets. He has five goals and 11 points in 28 games.

VANCOUVER 5 SAN JOSE 2

J.T. Miller led the Canucks with a goal and two assists. He has 10 goals and 32 points in 31 games.

Brock Boeser also came up big for Vancouver with a pair of goals. He’s up to nine goals and 17 points in 28 contests.

Thatcher Demko stopped 34 of 36 Sharks shots. He’s won his last five starts while allowing just seven goals over that span.

At the other end of the ice, Adin Hill saved 25 of 29 shots. He surrendered at least one goal in every period, including two in the first frame.

Timo Meier scored a goal for San Jose. He’s up to 12 goals and 29 points in 25 games.