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Canucks make NHL history … with fourth straight 5-2 loss

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It started Saturday with a no-show against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Six days later, the Vancouver Canucks made National Hockey League history.

But this isn’t something the Canucks will be proud of, with head coach Willie Desjardins on the hot seat, the playoffs well out of their reach and the prospect of selling at the trade deadline looking more like it will soon be reality.

For a fourth straight game, the beleaguered Canucks lost by a final score of 5-2, this time to the Calgary Flames on Friday, securing their place in the record books.

The Canucks actually grabbed a 2-1 lead after the first period on goals from Adam Cracknell and rookie Jake Virtanen, who snapped a perfect wrist shot from the slot over the glove of Jonas Hiller.

It went downhill from there.

Calgary scored three in the second period to re-take the lead and Josh Jooris scored the goal that put the Canucks into the annals of defeat in the third period. 

 

Subban was the ‘best player’ in Habs shootout win, says Pacioretty

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Two days after getting singled out by coach Michel Therrien for a critical mistake in a loss to the Colorado Avalanche, P.K. Subban responded for his Montreal Canadiens on Friday.

Subban finished with two assists and the Habs snapped a tumultuous three-game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout win over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. Paul Byron scored the winner in the skills competition in the fifth round.

What occurred Wednesday — the Subban giveaway leading to Colorado’s winning goal a few seconds later and Therrien’s comments afterward — spawned two days worth of fodder that even included Subban’s name being mentioned in trade speculation.

Meanwhile, Therrien, who is on the hot seat in Montreal as this season has collapsed since the injury to Carey Price, was left to do some damage control, saying he has a good relationship with Subban.

As for the criticism of Subban, well, there’s this:

Perhaps Friday’s victory provides a brief cooling period, as far as this situation goes, in Montreal.

Subban wasn’t just involved in the Montreal scoring. He also caught Claude Giroux with a hit in front of the Habs’ net late in the third period. There was no call.

Flyers blue liner Shayne Gostisbehere recorded an assist in the third period to extend his record point streak for a rookie defenseman to 14 games.

The Flyers still get the single point, but they’re still five points back of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the final Wild Card spot in the East.

Also sitting in front of Philadelphia is Carolina — victorious versus San Jose on Friday — and New Jersey — losers to the New York Islanders.

Video: Sabres goalie Lehner irate, drops the gloves after dangerous Jenner hit

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Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner was furious following a dangerous Boone Jenner hit on defenseman Zach Bogosian in the third period of Friday’s game.

Jenner was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for the hit, which sparked a scrum in the corner. That’s when Lehner got involved, as he left his crease before mixing it up with Jack Johnson.

After a few shoves, Lehner threw off his gloves but the confrontation didn’t go much further as officials intervened.

But as you can see on the replay, Lehner was absolutely incensed.

The Sabres, thanks to a 38-save performance from Lehner, came away with a 4-0 victory over the Blue Jackets.

However, Buffalo defenseman Cody Franson left the game late in the second period after taking a hit from Scott Hartnell, who was given a major for boarding.

 

Tootoo tossed for hit from behind on Boychuk

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New Jersey Devils forward Jordin Tootoo was given a cross checking major and a game misconduct for a dangerous hit from behind on New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

The incident occurred late in the second period of Friday’s game.

Boychuk was slow to get up but furious when he did. Appearing to favor his right arm, Boychuk slammed his stick against the boards as he went to the dressing room.

Video: Sabres’ Legwand scores from his own end on a one-hopper

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Sometimes you don’t get the bounces. Sometimes you do.

The Buffalo Sabres took a 2-0 lead on the Columbus Blue Jackets late in the first period of Friday’s game after David Legwand, with his team on the penalty kill, fired the puck from his own end, beating goalie Joonas Korpisalo on a wicked hop.

Legwand just casually lifted the puck down the ice, but it bounced just after the hashmarks, skipping to the left and fooling Korpisalo.