The Canucks beat the Seattle Cracken 5-2 on Tuesday night, but that victory wasn’t enough to bolster Vancouver’s wan playoff hopes.
Quinn Hughes scored a goal and had two assists to set the franchise record for scoring by a defenseman, while Oliver Ekman-Larsson added one for Vancouver (39-30-11). Also on the scoresheet were Sheldon Dries, JT Miller and Luke Schenn, all scoring goals, with Conor Garland providing three assists.
Jordan Eberle and Connor Ghiki answered for the Kraken (26-47-6) in the second period from penalties.
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Vancouver played without star goaltender Thatcher Demko, who was “a bit sick” according to head coach Bruce Boudreau. Spencer Martin took over the net and saved 31 of 33 shots for his second NHL victory.
Joey Daccord made 22 saves for Seattle, who lost for the third time in a row.
Despite winning, the Canucks were officially out of playoff contention as the Dallas Stars closed in on a post-season spot by defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in a shootout.
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Hughes ended his momentous evening with a goal at 15:59 in the third.
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The quarterback and Garland went out of the defensive zone in a two-on-one match, and Garland sent a pass through the slot to Hughes, who scored the eighth goal of the season and scored 66th.
A lucky rebound helped the Canucks score their fourth goal of the night.
Dakkor accurately stopped Matthew Highmore’s shot, but saw the puck bounce off his stick and fly over his head, landing in the crease behind him. Schenn kicked the ball over the line at 13:08 in the third to make it 4-2.
Vancouver took a 3-0 lead at the first break but struggled to maintain the lead. The home team lost 26-14 in the second and third periods.
Penalties broke the Canucks’ game in the second. Vancouver was called out for five separate fouls across the frame and had to endure three minutes and 42 seconds of five-on-three play.
Kraken reduced the gap to a single goal 9:12 before the second. Riley Sheehan sent the puck to Ghiki from behind the boards, and the striker shot above Martin’s gloves, and the score became 3:2.
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Eberle shot into the top corner from around the corner and scored his 20th goal in a Kraken jersey.
Vancouver was 1-to-3 with a man’s lead, while Seattle went 1-to-8.
Ekman-Larsson gave the Canucks a 3-0 lead with a powerplay goal after Carson Susi was called in for a recheck.
Using a screen in front of the net, the Vancouver defenseman shot straight from behind the blue line to score his fifth goal of the season at 15:05 of the game.
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Vancouver outplayed the guests heavily in the first leg, with the Kraken going through the first 11 minutes with no shots on goal despite a two-minute powerplay.
The Canucks went 2-0 up with just 3:34 to go in the first when Garland eluded Miller with a back pass and the cocky forward hit a high shot that sent the puck past Duckcord’s glove.
Hughes received a minor assist in the game, his 64th point of the season. The record sets a new single-season points record by a Canucks defenseman, surpassing the mark set by Doug Lidster in 1986-87.
Hughes set the franchise record for assists by a defenseman on Saturday when he scored his 56th goal of the season in Vancouver’s 6-3 loss to Olx Praca.
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Dries opened the scoring at 2:46 on Tuesday, throwing from outside the face-off circle after an odd spurt.
Kraken will host LA Kings on Wednesday. The Kings will then head north to take on the Canucks in Vancouver on Thursday.
NOTES: Seattle guard Vince Dunn missed the game and is listed daily with an upper body injury…. Kraken right winger Daniel Sprong made his 200th NHL regular season game. The Canucks, who played their first game in Vancouver since Guy LaFleur’s death on Friday, showed a video of the hockey legend while signing with O Canada.
Vancouver 5, Seattle 2
1. Vancouver, Dries 2 (Ekman-Larsson), 2:46.
2. Vancouver, Miller 31 (Hughes, Garland), 3:34.
3. Vancouver, Ekman-Larsson 5 (Garland, Petan), 15:05 (p.).
Penalties: Burroughs, VAN (Hook), 8:50; Soucy, SEA (cross-check), 13:09; Schenn, WAN (interference), 19:10; Ekman-Larsson, WAN (outage), 19:22.
4. Seattle, Eberle 20 (Beniers, McCann), 4:59 (p.).
5. Seattle, Geekie 7 (Sheehan, Larsson), 9:12.
Penalties: Myers, WAN (cross-validation), 2:58; Richardson, WAN (out), 3:04; Miller, WAN (unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:59; Kuhlman, SEA (interference), 11:48; Miller, WAN (Hook), 11:58; Schenn, WAN (offline), 15:12.
6. Vancouver, Schenn 5 (Highmore, Hughes), 13:10.
7. Vancouver, Hughes 8 (Garland), 3:59 p.m. Penalties_Gourde, SEA (Game Delay), 10:31.
Shots on goal:
Opportunities to play in the majority: Seattle 1 of 8; Vancouver 1-to-3.
Goalkeepers: Seattle, Duckcord 0-4-0 (27 shots, 22 saves). Vancouver, Martin 2-0-2 (32-30).
Attendance: 18,261 (18,910). Time: 2:21.
Judges: Jake Brenk, Steve Kozari. Line judges: Travis Gavriletz, Brian Pantsich.
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