San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)

Canucks player on leave over allegation­s

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The Canucks placed right wing Jake Virtanen on leave Saturday following allegation­s of sexual misconduct.

The team said in a statement it “does not accept sexual misconduct of any kind and the claims as reported are being treated very seriously.”

The New York Daily News reported that the woman accusing Virtanen is choosing to remain anonymous but spoke to Canada’s Glacier Media and said that she and Virtanen agreed to meet in September 2017. According to the report, the woman said Virtanen took her to a Vancouver hotel and sexually assaulted her.

The NHL said it is aware of the “serious allegation­s” and will not comment until the investigat­ion is complete. SATURDAY’S GAMES

In shootout, Wings defeat Lightning

Detroit’s Sam Gagner scored to end an eightround shootout and Thomas Greiss stopped 33 shots, lifting the host Red Wings past the Tampa Bay Lightning 10.

In the shootout, both teams scored with their first two shooters before four in a row were denied.

Golden Knights 3, Coyotes 2: Jonathan Marchessau­lt scored on a power play at 3:04 of overtime and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 19 shots to match Roberto Luongo for third all-time with 289 wins as visiting Vegas won.

Ducks 6, Kings 2: Ryan Miller made 23 saves as Anaheim snapped a 23-game streak without a home regulation victory.

Oilers 4, Flames 1: Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists for host Edmonton.

Wild 4, Blues 3: Kevin Fiala scored 2:16 into overtime to complete host Minnesota’s comeback from a twogoal third-period deficit. The Wild’s Nico Sturm and Jonas Brodin scored late in the third period to tie it up.

Bruins 6, Sabres 2: Craig Smith recorded a hat trick as host Boston won for the ninth time in 11 games. The Bruins’ next point will clinch a playoff berth. They also will earn a spot if the fifth-place Rangers don’t win all of their final four games.

Hurricanes 2, Blue Jackets 1: Dougie Hamilton scored on a breakaway at 4:08 of overtime for host Carolina, which extended its points streak to 10 games.

Islanders 3, Rangers 0: Anthony Beauvillie­r scored twice and Semyon Varlamov stopped 28 shots for his league-leading seventh shutout as host New York won on Long Island to clinch a playoff spot for the third straight year.

Devils 4, Flyers 1: Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 30 shots to lead visiting New Jersey to its third straight win.

Canadiens 3, Senators 2: Cole Caufield scored his first career goal 2:25 into overtime to complete host Montreal’s comeback from a twogoal, third-period deficit. Ottawa’s loss eliminated it from playoff contention.

Penguins 3, Capitals 0: Bryan Rust scored two unassisted goals and Tristan Jarry made 23 saves for visiting Pittsburgh, which reclaimed first place in the East Division.

Maple Leafs 5, Canucks 1: Auston Matthews scored twice to raise his NHL-leading goal total to 38 as host Toronto earned its fifth straight win.

Predators 1, Stars 0: Erik Haula scored at 3:32 of overtime as host Nashville won for the third time in four games. Dallas has lost three in a row.

Panthers 5, Blackhawks 4: Anthony Duclair had two goals and an assist as Florida won in Chicago to extend its winning streak to three games.

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