VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks were fired up to snap a three-game losing streak against the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.
Chris Tanev delivered 1:30 into overtime to give the Canucks a 5-4 victory, their second in 10 games against the Golden Knights since Vegas joined the league in 2017-18. The Canucks are 2-7-1 against Vegas over that span.
“I just passed it to Bo (Horvat) and went to the net,” said Tanev. “He made a really great pass. I didn’t think it was going to get to me.
“It ended up right on my stick and just went around (Marc-Andre) Fleury and ended up going in.”
Elias Pettersson scored twice for the Canucks (17-15-4) and Antoine Roussel and Tanner Pearson had the other goals.
Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith, Nick Holden and Mark Stone replied for the Golden Knights (19-14-5).
Jacob Markstrom made 38 saves for Vancouver, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots for Vegas.
The Golden Knights got their first power play with 2:30 left in regulation, when Jordie Benn was sent to the penalty box for tripping. But Markstrom was solid in net to keep the game scoreless and send it to overtime.
The Canucks opened the scoring when Roussel tapped a rebound past an out-of-position Fleury at 2:49 of the first period.
Pearson finished off a give-and-go between Jake Virtanen and Josh Leivo to put Vancouver up 2-0 less than five minutes later as a tripping penalty to Nicolas Hague expired. The goal was Pearson’s ninth of the year.
Marchessault got the Golden Knights on the board with 6:02 left in the first, when he wristed a rebound past Markstrom.
The Canucks restored their two-goal lead with 32 second left in the opening frame on Pettersson’s first of the game.
The Golden Knights outshot the Canucks 13-11 in the first period.
Vegas scored twice in the second. Smith narrowed the lead to 3-2 at 11:01, beating Markstrom after Bo Horvat blocked a shot from William Karlsson.
Leivo was injured barely a minute later when he was pushed into the boards by Vegas defenceman Holden. No penalty was called on the play, and Holden tied the game with 8:50 left in the second.
Travis Green calmed his team down by calling time out immediately following the goal.
“I think we were a little frustrated for sure,” said Tanev. “They scored two goals in, I don’t know, two minutes, and they were coming at us pretty good. A lot of zone time, shots from everywhere, seemed like they were getting chances almost every shift.
“It was a really good time out by coach to sort of settle us down. I think after that we played pretty well the rest of the game.”
The Canucks regained the lead at 9:19 of the third period when Pettersson roofed a wrister from the left circle high to the stick side of Fleury for his second of the night. Stone re-tied the game with 4:20 to go, setting the stage for Tanev to deliver the overtime winner.
“It’s a good point for us,” said Stone, who extended his personal point streak to six games with the goal. “We didn’t play our best to start the game but overall we dictated a lot of the game, had some chances and we got out power played 4 to 1 so for us to still outshoot our opponent by 10, or whatever it is, shows we played some really good five-on-five hockey.”
The win gave the Canucks to a 1-1-0 record on their five-game holiday homestand, which continues Saturday against Pittsburgh and Monday against Edmonton. Vegas is 3-0-1 in its last four games.
“It’s probably as close to a playoff game as we’re going to get, this year so far,” said Pearson. “It was definitely a good test for us at a tough time of the year for us right now. But to keep it going all game long was definitely a step in the right direction. To get the win, is big right now for us.”
NOTES: The Golden Knights were accompanied to Vancouver by their fathers, who watched the game from a luxury box high up in Rogers Arena. The fathers’ trip will conclude on Sunday in San Jose….Thursday’s game marked the 1,500th for the Canucks’ director of medical services and head athletic therapist, Jon Sanderson. He is currently in his 21st season with the team.
Maple Leafs place veteran forward Jason Spezza on waivers – CBC.ca
The Toronto Maple Leafs placed veteran forward Jason Spezza and goaltender Aaron Dell on waivers Sunday.
Spezza, 37, skated in all three games so far this season and registered one assist while averaging 7:44 of ice time.
He signed a one-year deal for the league minimum of $700,000 USin October, hoping for one more shot at winning his first Stanley Cup with his hometown team.
Spezza has scored 941 points (341 goals, 600 assists) in 1,126 career games with the Ottawa Senators (2002-14), Dallas Stars (2014-19) and Maple Leafs. He tallied 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 58 games in his first season with Toronto in 2019-20.
Spezza was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2001 NHL draft by Ottawa.
Dell, 31, has not played yet for the Maple Leafs. He signed a one-year, $800,000 contract in October following four seasons with the San Jose Sharks.
He compiled a 48-34-12 record with a 2.76 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in 107 games (89 starts) for the Sharks from 2016-20.
Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes ruled out vs. Browns due to concussion – Sportsnet.ca
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was knocked out of the divisional-playoff game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday with a concussion in the third quarter.
Mahomes tucked the ball on a quarterback option with 7:27 left in the third quarter and tried to reach the first-down marker on third-and-1 near midfield. He was brought down hard by Browns linebacker Mack Wilson, who had managed to get ahold of him around his helmet. Mahomes was wobbly when he got up and had to be helped from the field, then was checked briefly in the blue tent on the sideline before jogging into the Kansas City locker room.
Chad Henne entered the game for Mahomes, who had been hobbling for much of the game after hurting his foot in the first quarter. Henne played the entirety of Kansas City’s loss to the Chargers in Week 17, when coach Andy Reid sat Mahomes and several other starts with the No. 1 seed and first-round playoff bye already secured.
Henne led the Chiefs to a field goal that made it 22-10 with 4:24 left in the third quarter. Henne went down the tunnel to check on Mahomes when the third quarter ended.
The Chiefs announced early in the fourth quarter that Mahomes will not return.
Meanwhile, the Browns lost left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. to an ankle injury and his backup, Kendall Lamm, to an elbow injury, forcing them to turn to Blake Hance. Hance was signed from the Jets practice squad on Jan. 2 to provide some depth to an offensive line that has been decimated by injuries and COVID-19 since the start of the new year.
Hance made his NFL debut in the fourth quarter of their wild-card win over Pittsburgh.
Wills remained down after Nick Chubb’s carry on the Browns’ first offensive play of the game before limping to the sideline with help from the training staff. He was listed as questionable to return before being ruled out at halftime.
Lamm was replaced at the start of the second half, helping the Browns drive 77 yards for a touchdown.
The injuries to the two left tackles made it even more important that Jack Conklin was active. The All-Pro right tackle had been questionable after hurting his hamstring in last week’s wild-card win in Pittsburgh.
The depth of the Browns offensive line has been decimated this season. Backups Chris Hubbard, Nick Harris and Michael Dunn are all out with season-ending injuries.
Report: Bills Fans Donate More Than $150K to Lamar Jackson's Favorite Charity – Sports Illustrated
Following the conclusion of the Buffalo Bills’ 17-3 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night, over 5,500 Bills fans have donated more than $150,000 to Lamar Jackson’s preferred charity, the Louisville, chapter of Blessings in a Backpack.
On Saturday night, a Bills fan on Reddit shared that he donated $25 to Jackson’s favorite charity, an organization that works to feed elementary school children who are in need on weekends.
The donations appeared to continue overnight and into Sunday where it has reportedly reached more than six-figures of money raised.
“It started around 11:30 last night and our donation box just started flooding with donations from Bills fans for Lamar. It’s just been overwhelming—in the best possible way,” Nikki Grizzle of “Blessings in a Backpack,” told ESPN.
This isn’t the first time that Bills fans have rallied behind a singular cause following a football game. In 2017, Bills Mafia performed a similar gesture to Andy Dalton’s foundation, raising more than $415,000. Earlier this season, Bills fans also donated thousands of dollars to Oishei Children’s Hospital after it was announced that quarterback Josh Allen’s grandmother had died.
Ravens offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman, the Ravens’ Walter Payton Man of the Year, also tweeted on Sunday that Bills fans had donated to his organization overnight.
The Bills are set to take on the winner of Sunday’s Browns-Chiefs game in the AFC championship.
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