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Stamkos hits major milestone as Tampa Bay Lightning defeat Vancouver Canucks 5-2



Tampa Bay Lightning defeat Vancouver Canucks

VANCOUVER — Another messy defensive performance proved costly for the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.

The Canucks tried to claw their way back after surrendering four first-period goals to the Tampa Bay Lightning, but couldn’t make up the deficit and ultimately fell 5-2.

“In our d zone, we made a lot of mistakes right off the bat. And before you knew it, they’ve got four on you,” said Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau. “That’s the kind of team you can’t make mistakes — and they were relatively crazy mistakes or are easy mistakes, you know, giving pucks away — against a team like that. And when you’re down four, it’s pretty difficult to catch up.”

The trouble started with a milestone goal for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos just 4:40 into the game.


Alex Killorn sliced a pass across the low slot and Stamkos tapped it in backdoor for the 500th regular-season goal of his NHL career.

“It’s very special,” Stamkos said. “I’ve had quite a few chances the last couple of games and it was nice to get it out of the way kind of early in the game.”

Tampa’s bench emptied, with players mobbing the veteran centre in the corner as the crowd cheered. It was a reaction Stamkos wasn’t expecting.

“That’s pretty amazing,” he said. “That’s something as a player that sticks with you for a long time when you’re on the road and you get that type of reception. So, just want to say to the fans that were here tonight, ‘Thank you and I appreciate that and very classy move.’”

Stamkos scored twice more Wednesday, completing his hat trick into an empty net with 1:22 left on the game clock.

Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov each notched a goal and an assist for the Lightning (29-13-1), and Killorn contributed a pair of helpers.

The Canucks (18-23-3) replied with third-period power-play goals from Andrei Kuzmenko and Quinn Hughes. J.T. Miller had two assists.

Brian Elliott stopped 37-of-39 shots for Tampa, who stretched their win streak to five games.

Vancouver goalie Spencer Martin allowed four goals on 10 shots before being pulled in the first period. He was replaced by Collin Delia, who made 14 saves in relief.

The result marked the second time in a week that the Lightning beat the Canucks, following a 5-4 decision in Tampa on Jan. 12.

Tampa coach Jon Cooper wasn’t overly impressed with his team’s performance, however.

“We got that four-goal lead and then we just sat back for two periods,” he said. “We’ll need better out of us than we did tonight for tomorrow because we can’t just sit on these leads like we did. But worked out for us tonight and let’s move on.”

Hughes cut the Lightning’s lead to 4-2 after Stamkos was called for tripping midway through the third.

The defenceman muscled his way to the front of the net and forced a backhanded shot up and over Elliott for his fourth goal of the season at the 9:10 mark.

Hughes is on a five-game point streak with three goals and six assists.

Vancouver’s defensive group has been making a concentrated effort to get on the scoresheet, he said.

“We obviously don’t get enough goals from the back end,” Hughes said. “It is what it is, but we’re trying to push and get shots in and find ourselves in spots where we can score. I think that’s the main thing. … It’s just all about having forwards that back us up and trying to have good reads and not be stupid about it.”

The Canucks finally beat the Tampa goalie on their 32nd shot of the night 6:35 into the final frame.

With Erik Cernak in the box for interference, Hughes unleashed a rocket from inside the blue line. Kuzmenko, stationed in front of the net, tipped it in for his 18th goal of the season.

The home side was 2 for 4 with the man advantage while the Lightning went 0 for 1.


Vancouver paid tribute to former Canuck Wayne “Gino” Odjick, who died Sunday at 52. Players wore jerseys with Odjick’s name and No. 29 on the back for warm-up, and nine of the legendary enforcer’s Vancouver teammates joined scout Ron Delorme for a moment of silence and ceremonial puck drop. Cheers of “Gino! Gino! Gino!” echoed through the rink several times and highlights of Odjick’s career played on the big screen throughout the game.


Stamkos extended his point streak to six games. He has four goals and six assists across the stretch. Canucks captain Bo Horvat notched an assist and has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in nine outings.


Canucks: host the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

Lightning: continue a season-long, five-game road swing Thursday against the Oilers in Edmonton.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2023.


Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press


The Booming Online Casino Gaming Industry in Canada



Online Casino Gaming Industry in Canada

Canada’s online casino gaming industry has seen significant and steady growth in popularity and acceptance by people in recent years. In fact, available statistics validate this with about 31 gaming websites owned by 18 licensed and regulated game operators in Ontario, who recorded about CAD 4.1 billion (USD 3.1 billion) in the first quarter of 2022.

This was largely made possible with the revolution of online gaming and the convenience it brings to players who can access a wide range of games from a single location, usually their homes. Aside from factors like targeted advertisements that put the word out about online casino games in Canada (as it is legalized here), the growth of this industry has also been hugely influenced by the numerous benefits players enjoy when they play and win games remotely.

Safe and Secure Environment with Advanced Encryption Technology

Playing at an online casino typically exposes players’ sensitive information, such as their name, address, financial details, etc., to the public. But with advanced encryption technology such as SSL (Secure Socket Layer) or TLS (Transport Layer Security) in place, online casinos can encrypt all players’ personal and financial information ensuring their security and privacy.


With the government’s regulations and robust enforcement of best practices on game operators, the online casino gaming industry in the Great White North has steadily made giant strides in protecting players’ information and their transactions with the adoption of these aforementioned data encryption technologies.

Mobile Friendliness

One attribute that the best online casino games in Canada have is the mobile-friendliness of their respective apps. For every feature described above, gamers would have been at a loss if they could not easily navigate the mobile app or a web browser to place bets on their desired games.

Needless to say that this feature alone has added to the growth of online casinos in Canada. While brick-and-mortar casinos still stand the test of time, features such as this have made online casinos a delight, helping to solidify their presence in Canada, and it is not hard to see why this is so.

In conclusion, there is no doubt that the future is bright for the online casino gaming industry in Canada, so long as the industry continues to evolve around technology, while at the same time adhering to government regulations. Though it will not always be easy for these two aspects to agree at all times, with the welfare of gamers determining advancement in the industry, we will most likely witness a steady and sustained boom in the field of online casino gaming.

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A Look At Today’s Best Live Dealer Online Casino Games



Online Casino Games

Some of the most popular games you can play at fully licensed online casinos today are live dealer games, such as Live Dealer Roulette, Live Dealer Blackjack, TV Game Show-themed live dealer games, and Live Dealer Slots. Here is a closer look at some of the best live dealer games from three leading software providers – Evolution Gaming, Pragmatic Play, and OnAir Entertainment.

All of these state-of-the-art live dealer games are now available to play in the real money mode at a fully licensed online casino called Lucky Spins Canada, which is free to sign up to and is currently offering all new Canadian players up to 500 FREE SPINS for Play’n GO’s iconic Book of Dead online slot, plus a 100% matching deposit bonus worth up to C$500.

Top 10 Live Dealer Games in the Spotlight

Here are ten of the best live dealer casino games that you must check out. These games have wide betting ranges that cater to low rollers and high rollers alike (and pretty much all other betting ranges in between low rollers and high rollers), and you can often play one round/hand/spin from as little as C$0.10 to C$0.50 up to C$1,000.00 or more.

The top ten live dealer games from Evolution Gaming, Pragmatic Play, OnAir Entertainment,, Ezugi, and eBET that you must check out include the following mixture of live table & card games, live slots, and television game show live dealer games:

  • Live PowerUp Roulette from Pragmatic Play
  • Live Andar Bahar from Ezugi
  • Live Teen Patti from Ezugi
  • Live XXXtreme Lightning Roulette from Evolution Gaming
  • Live Crazy Coin Flip from Evolution Gaming
  • MONOPOLY Live from Evolution Gaming
  • Live Wheel of Fortune from
  • Live Airwave Roulette from OnAir Entertainment
  • Live Black Sports Arena from OnAir Entertainment
  • Bet On Poker Live from

How old do I have to be to play live casino games?

To play live dealer games at online casinos, such as Lucky Spins, you generally need to be at least 18 years old. However, always check because, in some regions where online gambling is legal, it could be 21 or 20 years old.

What devices can I play live dealer games from?

You can play live dealer games from all of the providers mentioned above using either a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. Just make sure that it has decent Wi-Fi or internet connectivity. Most games can be launched instantly in your web browser, plus you also generally have the option to download and install a free casino app directly onto your smartphone or tablet and then play from within the secure app.

What to remember when playing for real money

When playing for real money, don’t forget to set deposit limits where possible. Don’t ever chase your losses because it may result in you losing even more money, and don’t gamble just for the sake of it. Try and have fun, and always remember to gamble responsibly. Gambling is meant to be fun, so if you aren’t having fun anymore, it might be a good idea to take a break from gambling for a while.

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Gambling in Ireland vs. Canada



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Gambling has traditionally played a significant role in Irish society. Naturally, the advancement of technology has changed how Irish gamblers conduct their business. Because of cell phones, placing bets is now simpler than ever (You could check here for a few trustworthy ones). However, Irish individuals must be cognizant of the country’s licensing laws.

Irish gamers can wager on bingo, lotteries, casino games, poker, sports, and more about the regulated and licensed gambling websites, making internet gambling in Ireland a multi-million-dollar business. This is not so dissimilar from the humongous gambling industry in Canada. For the past couple of years, gambling practices have been on the rise in Canada. So in today’s article, we’ll be looking at how gambling has fared in Ireland vs. Canada.



According to the most recent statistics from Ireland from 2022, approximately half of the Irish population (49%) partakes in gambling, while its estimated prevalence for gambling addiction is 0.3%, meaning there are 12,000 problem gamblers in Ireland. Since only a small percentage of those with an issue with betting seek treatment, there is a need to try and understand Irish gambling behavior and treatment adoption.


According to industry statistics, Irish gamblers ended up losing over €1.36 billion the year before last, or around €300 on average for every person, ranking them as the fourth-largest gamblers throughout the EU. According to industry researchers H2 Gambling Capital, Ireland places 14th internationally for the biggest median gambling losses, comfortably ahead of the UK but behind Sweden (€325 per adult), Malta (€334), and Finland (€342).

Revenue rose €51.9 million in conventional betting duty revenues and €40.6 million in online betting receipts in 2019, almost twice as much as the corresponding amounts from the preceding year ($28.9 million & €21.7 million, respectively). Sports betting is the most well-liked online form of gambling, comprising over 41% of the industry and bringing in €10 billion in 2019, claims the European Gaming and Betting Association.

Instead of using desktop computers, over 44% of all internet wagers are placed from a phone or tablet. By 2025, it is anticipated that approximately 6 out of 10 online wagers will be placed using mobile devices. Despite representing just 1.1% of the total population, Ireland generates 2.6% of Europe’s online gambling market in terms of revenue, according to the H2 data.




Like many other nations, Canada has a large gambling industry. The majority of gamblers don’t suffer any consequences, but a small percentage will. The number of gambling options in Canada has grown over the years, and new gambling innovations like online poker & sports betting have increased the significance of more thorough and ongoing oversight.

A study used information from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) to assess gambling and gambling-related issues among adults aged 15 and over. Those who may be at risk of developing a problem with gambling are identified using a Problem Gambling Index. This evaluates problem gambling behavior and the effects of that behavior on the individual or others.

Of the 18.9 million Canadians aged 15 and over, nearly two-thirds (64.5%) reported betting in the previous year, & 1.6% of those gamblers were exposed to a substantial risk of gambling-related issues. Men were more prone than women to file gambling in the previous year across all age categories. Additionally, men were more likely to have a relatively high risk of developing gambling-related issues.

Though they were more prone to developing gambling problems, people in lower social households were less inclined to wager than those of relatively high-earning households.


For instance,


  • 1% of Canadians at significantly higher risk for gambling issues were among the 71.5% of those living in higher-earning households who reported betting in the last year.
  • 8% of people from low-income families gambled in the preceding year, and 2.7% of them were at moderate to high risk for developing gambling addictions.


The likelihood of gambling-related issues rose with the quantity of casino games played.

In the multivariate analyses, the majority of factors, such as engaging in various gambling activities, living single (or separated or divorced), being unmarried, and possessing poor or fair mental well-being, remained independently related to gambling problems.

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