Re­silient Canucks over­whelm Bru­ins to ex­tend streak

The Mercury News Weekend - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

The Van­cou­ver Canucks keep on show­ing that they are the sur­prise of the Western Con­fer­ence.

Bo Hor­vat had two goals and two as­sists and the Canucks ex­tended their win­ning streak to five games with an 8- 5 vic­tory over the Bos­ton Bru­ins on Thurs­day night.

“There is a lot of re­siliency in this room,” Hor­vat said. “We played a pretty good game in De­troit and af­ter a tough loss like that to come back shows a lot. In pre­sea­son, peo­ple didn’t think we were go­ing to be that high- scor­ing of a team, but we keep prov­ing peo­ple wrong and that’s what we need to con­tinue to do.”

Canucks 2017 first round pick Elias Pet­ters­son, de­spite notch­ing an as­sist, built on his rookie scor­ing lead, giv­ing him 17 points on the sea­son. He is a big part of the rea­son the Canucks seemed to have made sig­nif­i­cant strides to start the sea­son.

Loui Eriks­son added two goals and an as­sist and spurred a five- goal out­bust in the sec­ond pe­riod for Van­cou­ver. Ben Hut­ton and Erik Gud­bran­son each had a goal and an as­sist, and An­toine Rous­sel and Jake Vir­ta­nen added goals for the Canucks, who have scored 26 goals in the last five games.

“I had some puck luck to­day prob­a­bly,” Eriks­son said. “We know we have some young guys play­ing, and they are still learn­ing, but they are han­dling their sit­u­a­tions and re­spond­ing well.”

Jake DeBrusk scored twice, Pa­trice Berg­eron, Matt Grzel­cyk and Dan­ton Heinen added goals, and David Kre­jci fin­ished with three as­sists for Bru­ins. Bos­ton lost for the sec­ond time at home this sea­son and has dropped three of five over­all.

Jaroslav Halak came into the game lead­ing the NHL in save per­cent­age, but was pulled af­ter al­low­ing five goals on 19 shots. His re­place­ment, Tuukka Rask, didn’t do much bet­ter, al­low­ing three goals on the first eight shots he faced.

“I was just try­ing to keep it un­der 10,” Rask said sar­cas­ti­cally. “Just try­ing to do dam­age con­trol as it was kind of a crazy game.”

HUR­RI­CANES 4, BLACK­HAWKS 3 » Goals by An­drei Svech­nikov, Jac­cob Slavin, Phillip Di Giuseppe and Calvin de Haan gave Carolina a four-goal lead early in the sec­ond pe­riod and the Hur­ri­canes held on for a vic­tory over Chicago that spoiled the NHL coach­ing de­but of Jeremy Col­li­ton.

LIGHT­NING 4, IS­LAN­DERS 2 » An­drei Vasil­vek­siy made 35 saves, Tyler John­son broke a tie with 1:26 left in Tampa Bay’s vic­tory over New York.

SABRES 6, CANA­DI­ENS 5 » Ras­mus Ris­to­lainen scored at 1:38 of over­time to lead Buf­falo to a vic­tory over Mon­treal.

FLY­ERS 5, COY­OTES 4» Shayne Gostis­be­here scored on a one-timer 1:01 into over­time af­ter Dale Weise tied it with 2:13 left in reg­u­la­tion, and Philadel­phia beat Ari­zona.

PAN­THERS 4, OIL­ERS 1 » Roberto Luongo made 26 saves in his sec­ond start since miss­ing nine games with a knee in­jury to help Florida beat Ed­mon­ton.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5, SE­NA­TORS 3 » Wil­liam Car­rier put Ve­gas ahead for good af­ter Ot­tawa ral­lied from a three-goal deficit, and Ve­gas beat the Se­na­tors.


Ref­er­ees sep­a­rate Van­cou­ver’s An­toine Rous­sel (26) and Bos­ton’s David Backes (42), de­fense­man Zdeno Chara (33) and left wing An­ders Bjork (10) on Thurs­day.

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