The teams combined for six goals in just under nine minutes in a second period that saw Vancouver give up the lead, then battle back from two down to tie the score 4-4 heading into the third. There were a couple of strange goals and four lead changes.
Adam Gaudette finally scored the winner late in the third as the Canucks extended their season-high win streak to six games.
“That was a bit of a crazy game,” said Gaudette, who collected his eighth of the season. “We had to settle down a bit and find ourselves.”
Captain Bo Horvat was reminded of some of the old-style games he’d watched on television.
“It felt like that a bit, just back and forth,” said Horvat, who scored twice, once into an empty night. “Goals being scored from everywhere, fluke goals. That was fun to be part of.”
J.T. Miller, who had a goal and three assists, didn’t share Horvat’s enthusiasm for pond hockey.
“It was kind of an ugly game,” said Miller, who assisted on Gaudette’s winning goal. “It kind of got into a little bit of a track meet there.
“Normally when you’re giving up five (goals) that means we’re doing something wrong.”
The teams had exchanged third-period goals before Gaudette scored with 4:21 remaining. Miller won a puck battle along the boards and passed to Gaudette. He found some skating room and scored on a rifle shot from between the faceoff circles.
“I think it was a little bit of a broken play and they were kind of out of position a bit,” said Gaudette, who scored for just the second time in 15 games. “I saw I had ice to take it to the net, so I did. I just picked my spot and fortunately it went in.”
There was still some drama as the Canucks had to kill a late penalty to preserve the win.
Elias Pettersson had a goal and two assists for Vancouver (22-15-4). Tanner Pearson had a goal and an assist, while rookie defenceman Quinn Hughes also scored. Pearson has 17 points in the last 16 games.
Patrick Kane scored twice for the Blackhawks (18-18-6), who saw a three-game win streak snapped.
Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist, while Connor Murphy and David Kampf also scored for the Blackhawks, who are 5-2-0 in their last seven games.
“It was a really weird game,” said Chicago goaltender Robin Lehner, who stopped 30 shots. “I thought we deserved better.
“It just felt like everything they kind of threw to the net went their way. It’s tough because I felt like I made a lot of really good saves.”
Horvat’s first goal midway through the third period came on a strange play. He flipped a puck at the net from along the boards. Lehner kicked the puck, it hit defenceman Dennis Gilbert and careened into the net. A frustrated Lehner banged his stick on the crossbar after.
Toews also scored on a weird play in the second period when he lobbed a puck that hit Hughes on the back and bounced into the net behind Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom.
Kane said both teams benefitted from bounces.
“That’s the way the game goes sometimes,” he said. “You can’t control everything out there, but we can control our work ethic and our commitment to defence.
“It never looks good when you give up seven, but I thought we actually played pretty well tonight.”
The Canucks looked on their heels after Toews’ fluke goal made it 4-2 at 8:17 of the second. Vancouver coach Travis Green called a time out that seemed to settle his team down.
“It was more about telling them I actually liked the last two or three shifts before that,” said Green. “That was a bit of a lucky goal and (to) kind of get back to what we did the two or three shifts before that.
“It might not have been as calmly said.”
Green shrugged when asked to sum up the win.
“A famous coach once told me that you don’t always paint a portrait,” he said. “Sometimes you paint a barn.”
NOTES: The Canucks last won six consecutive games between Dec. 28, 2016, and Jan. 6, 2017. â€¦ Horvat had a career-high nine shots on net. â€¦ Vancouver’s Brandon Sutter skated on his own during the morning skate but missed his sixth game with an upper-body injury. â€¦ Kane scored 802 points over the last decade, the most by any NHL player. â€¦ It was a tough night for Lehner who took a puck on the collarbone and also had Pearson fall on his right knee. â€¦ Markstrom ended the night with 28 saves.
Garnacho on target as United beats Crystal Palace in League Cup defence
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Seven months after lifting the trophy, Manchester United made a successful start to its defense of the English League Cup on Tuesday by beating Crystal Palace 3-0.
Alejandro Garnacho and Casemiro fired the holders into a 2-0 first-half lead at Old Trafford and Anthony Martial added a third after the break in the third-round match.
It is now back-to-back wins for Erik ten Hag’s team, which has endured a disappointing start to the season.
The dominant performance against an understrength Palace followed Saturday’s narrow victory at Burnley and will give United fans hope the team has turned its form around.
“The mood is always good, but of course when you are not winning at United there is disappointment, and there is frustration, but the togetherness is always there,” Ten Hag said. “We know we are not now in the position where we want to be. So we have to build up, we have to catch up and then you have to go from game to game, working on the process and working on the results. Don’t get too far ahead.”
The League Cup ranks fourth among English soccer’s most important trophies. But Ten Hag still savored last season’s success.
Victory against Newcastle in February’s final at Wembley Stadium ended the club’s six-year wait for a trophy and saw Ten Hag deliver silverware in his first season at the club. He went on to also reach the FA Cup final, only to lose to Manchester City, and also guided United back into the Champions League to mark an impressive campaign.
Things have not gone so well this term, with his team losing four out of five games before beating Burnley 1-0.
This latest victory was far more convincing, even if Palace benched regular starters Marc Guehi, Eberechi Eze and Joachim Anderson and was also without forward Odsonne Edouard.
Ten Hag also made changes with Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Hojlund on the bench and Christian Eriksen absent.
Mason Mount, however, made his first appearance since Aug. 19 after returning from an injury.
Garnacho fired United ahead in the 21st minute after converting Diogo Dalot’s cutback in the box.
His low shot had too much power for Palace goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who had only just come on as a substitute for the injured Dean Henderson.
Johnstone was tested again moments later when Dalot blasted an effort from an angle, which the keeper blocked.
He was beaten again, however, in the 27th, this time by Casemiro, who headed in Mount’s corner to double United’s lead.
Martial added a third 10 minutes into the second half when firing across goal after meeting Casemiro’s looping ball to the far post.
United plays Palace again in the Premier League on Saturday and the Londoners showed their threat when twice forcing saves from ‘keeper Andre Onana later in the match. But manager Roy Hodgson did not sound confident about securing a different outcome when the teams next meet.
“We are going to have to become a totally different team in the way we approach the game and the way we play the game,” he said.
Third-division Exeter produced a shock 1-0 win against Luton to knock the Premier League club out of the competition. Luton made 10 changes from the team that picked up its first topflight point of the season against Wolverhampton on Saturday, but the result will still go down as a big upset. Demetri Mitchell scored the winner in the 83rd, but Exeter had to see out the game with 10 men after he was sent off in the 88th.
Wolverhampton was also eliminated after throwing away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at second-division Ipswich. Hwang Hee-Chan and Toti Gomes had seemingly put the visitors on course for the next round after goals inside the first 15 minutes. But Omari Hutchinson, Freddie Ladapo and Jack Taylor sealed a comeback win for Ipswich.
Burnley is still waiting for its first win in the league this season, but it is powering on in the cup after a 4-0 win against Salford City, the fourth division club co-owned by Manchester United greats including David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.
Elsewhere, Middlesbrough beat Bradford 2-0 and Port Vale won 2-1 against Sutton United.
Fourth-division Mansfield beat third-division Peterborough 3-1 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw in regulation time. Lucas Akins’ penalty to even the score in the 93rd had sent the game to a shootout.
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