Canucks erase three-goal deficit, stun Blue Jackets for fifth-straight win – Sportsnet.ca
VANCOUVER — Bo Horvat scored twice and the Vancouver Canucks gritted out a 4-3 comeback win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
Horvat buried his second of the game on a power play with 58.8 seconds left on the clock. Elias Pettersson and Vasily Podkolzin also scored for the Canucks (13-15-2) while Quinn Hughes collected three assists.
Eric Robinson had two goals for the Blue Jackets (14-12-1), who also got a goal from Max Domi and two assists from Alexandre Texier.
Vancouver’s Jaroslav Halak stopped 21-of-24 shots in his first start since Nov. 28 and Elvis Merzlikins made 35 saves for Columbus.
The victory extends the Canucks’ win streak to five games, all under head coach Bruce Boudreau, who took over on Dec. 5.
Vancouver went down to two defenceman midway through the first period after Tucker Poolman was pulled from the game and place in the NHL’s COVI-19 protocol.
He was the fourth Canucks player to enter protocol Tuesday, following fellow defencemen Luke Schenn and Brad Hunt, and winger Juho Lahmmikko.
Vancouver recalled Phillip Di Giuseppe from the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Canucks Tuesday to help bolster the depleted roster. To make room for the transaction, defenceman Travis Hamonic was placed on long-term injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
The Canucks came into the third period down 3-1 but refused to relent, outshooting the Blue Jackets 13-7 across the frame.
They got a prime opportunity with just 72 seconds left on the game clock when Blue Jackets defenceman Andrew Peeke was called for holding.
Vancouver called a timeout to scheme, then Horvat deflected a shot in past Merzlikins to give the home team a 4-3 lead with just 58.8 seconds to go.
The Canucks were 1 for 2 with the man advantage Tuesday and the Blue Jackets were scoreless on their lone power play.
Podkolzin buried the equalizer 9:35 into the third. The Russian rookie collected the puck from Hughes and fired a quick wrist shot in past the Columbus netminder.
Rogers Arena erupted in chants of “Bruce, there it is!” in tribute to the team’s head coach, Bruce Boudreau.
Vancouver nearly drew even earlier in the period when Pettersson sent Tyler Motte a slick pass, springing him for a breakaway. Merzlikins stuck out his right pad to stop the ensuing shot.
Pettersson narrowed the deficit to a single goal 4:07 into the third, picking up the rebound on a Garland’s shot and jamming a wrist shot in from the side of the net. It was the Swedish centre’s sixth goal of the season.
Tempers flared midway through the second after Columbus defenceman Vladislav Gavrikov cross-checked Conor Garland behind the net. Garland was quick to drop his gloves as the whistle blew, but no real blows were exchanged before the pair were separated by officials.
Garland was called for roughing and Gavrikov headed to the box for cross-checking, leaving each side with four men apiece.
Vancouver took advantage of the open ice, with Horvat getting the puck at the top of the circle, quickly assessing his options, then riffling a shot over Merzlikins for his eighth goal of the year.
The Canucks struggled mightily through the first period, getting solidly outchanced and repeatedly turning over pucks.
Robinson put away his second goal of the game 16:18 into the game. He beat Horvat and Tanner Pearson in a foot race through the neutral zone, got to the puck first and blasted a shot from inside the face-off circle, beating Halak glove side to give Columbus a 3-0 lead.
Domi put the visitors up earlier in the frame. Halak stopped a long bomb by Gabriel Carlsson but couldn’t control the rebound and Domi tapped it in from the side of the net.
The Blue Jackets opened the scoring 4:20 into the first period off a two-on-one rush. Vancouver defenceman Noah Juulsen dropped to the ice in an attempt to stop a pass from Texier to Robinson, but his manoeuvre came too early. Texier dished the puck to Robinson at the top of the crease and the left-winger popped it in past Halak for his fourth goal of the season.
The Canucks will face the Sharks in San Jose on Thursday. The Blue Jackets will take on the Oilers in Edmonton the same night.
NOTES: Canucks defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson returned to the lineup after missing three games with an undisclosed injury. ? Juulsen played his first game for his hometown Canucks. Vancouver acquired the 24-year-old blue liner and Lahmmikko from the Florida Panthers in a trade for Olli Juolevi in October.
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Canada’s 2018 world junior players ineligible for 2023 world championship amid investigation, Hockey Canada says
No players from Canada’s 2018 world junior team will participate for Team Canada at the 2023 IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship, Hockey Canada confirmed in a statement to The Athletic.
“Earlier this year, Hockey Canada made a decision that until the investigation and adjudicative process of the alleged incident in 2018 are complete, no players from the 2018 National Junior Team will be considered for participation for Team Canada,” Hockey Canada said in the statement. “This has been communicated to the management group for Team Canada at the 2023 IIHF Men’s World Championship.”
TSN first reported the news. The 2023 world championship will take place May 12-28 and be co-hosted by Tampere, Finland, and Riga, Latvia.
Hockey Canada’s statement comes after the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage passed a motion Monday directing Hockey Canada to hand over the final report the governing body received from law firm Henein Hutchison Robitaille’s investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a woman in a hotel room by members of the 2018 world junior team.
The allegations of sexual assault were made public in a 2022 lawsuit that Hockey Canada settled. In the complaint, filed last April in Ontario Superior Court, the woman alleged that she was assaulted by eight players in a London, Ont., hotel room on June 19, 2018, following a Hockey Canada Foundation event. Members of Canada’s 2018 world junior team were among those accused of assault in the lawsuit.
London police investigators said in a filing to the Ontario Court of Justice last October that they have reasonable grounds to believe that five members of Canada’s 2018 world junior hockey team sexually assaulted a woman in a hotel room, The Athletic reported in December. The evidence has not been tested in court and no charges have been laid.
Hockey Canada has been under intense scrutiny since May 2022 when the allegations of sexual assault were made public in the lawsuit. Police in London, Ont., and Hockey Canada have since reopened their investigations into the incident. The NHL is conducting an investigation as well.
In the wake of Hockey Canada’s scrutiny, CEO Scott Smith left the governing body and the entire board of directors stepped down in October. The federation elected a new board of directors in December. The board will serve a special one-year term focused on “making the changes necessary to improve the governance at Hockey Canada,” the federation said at the time of the board’s election.
Bianca Andreescu says she’s waiting on test results after injuring leg during Miami Open
Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu provided an injury update of sorts on Tuesday, saying she’s still waiting on official test results after injuring her lower left leg at the Miami Open.
Andreescu, from Mississauga, Ont., was hurt Monday night in the second set of her fourth-round match against Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova.
The 22-year-old was moving across the baseline when she fell to the hardcourt and clutched her lower leg in pain. She was wheeled off the court a short time later.
Andreescu provided an update on Tuesday via social media.
“Woke up with a brace on my foot anyone know what happened? On a serious note tho that was the worst pain I’ve ever felt praying for nothing serious. Still waiting on official results. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and kind words, doesn’t go unnoticed,” she said in a Twitter post, complete with a pray emoji.
Andreescu, who won the U.S. Open in 2019, holds the No. 31 position in the world rankings.
Her agent, Charlotte Lawler, said via e-mail that Andreescu met with her doctor Tuesday afternoon. Lawler said a statement would be released once injury specifics were available.
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