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ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Rickard Rakell #67 of the Anaheim Ducks skates during a game against the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center on November 30, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Rakell continues to rack up the points since returning to Ducks lineup


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Rickard Rakell had two goals and assist, John Gibson stopped 21 shots and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-1 on Friday night.

Antoine Vermette added a goal and an assist, and Kevin Bieksa and Jakob Silfverberg also scored for the Ducks, who are 5-2-1 since starting with four losses (0-3-1).

Jamie McGinn scored for Arizona. Louis Domingue stopped 18 of 21 shots in the first period before being replaced by Justin Peters, who gave up two goals on 12 shots over the final 40 minutes.

After stewing over consecutive home defeats in which they were outscored 9-1, the Ducks responded with a dominant opening 20 minutes in which they thoroughly controlled play while building a 3-0 lead.

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Bieksa and Rakell scored 2:54 apart midway through the first to get Anaheim started.

Bieksa scored a power-play goal at 9:05, taking an alert pass from Corey Perry and beating Domingue to his right glove side.

Rakell followed it up less than three minutes later by scoring on a 2-on-1 break, with Perry winding up to draw the focus of Domingue before sending the puck to the far circle where Rakell was waiting.

Perry had multiple assists for the second time in three games, after collecting two in a 4-0 win at Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Silfverberg wrapped up the scoring blitz in the opening period, turning Vermette’s clever backhand pass into a nifty backhanded goal with 45 seconds remaining.

Vermette continued the trend of goals to the goaltender’s short right side, beating Peters to his stick hand with 6:37 left in the second period.

Ondrej Kase recorded his first point in his second career game with an assist on Vermette’s goal. The 20-year old rookie from Kadan, Czech Republic made his first start and played 16:11.

McGinn got the Coyotes on the scoreboard with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the second. It was his third goal in six games.

Rakell capped the scoring with less than six minutes remaining, giving him six points in three games this season after finally coming to terms on a new contract.

The Ducks had a scare in the first period when Max Domi dropped Ryan Kesler in a fight with one punch. Kesler put a hit on Domi that resulted in a roughing penalty, and the son of longtime enforcer Tie Domi responded with a devastating uppercut when they dropped the gloves. Kesler was helped to the locker room, but did return in the second period and had an assist on Rakell’s second goal.

Brandon Tanev plays unlikely hero in Jets’ comeback win over Red Wings

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 04: Brandon Tanev #13 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates his third period gaol with teammates on the bench while playing the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on November 4, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DETROIT (AP) Normally a bit player, Brandon Tanev played a starring role Friday night.

Tanev scored his second goal of the game and his NHL career with 1:16 left to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 on Friday night.

The Jets rallied from a 3-2 third-period deficit.

“The resiliency of this group is incredible,” Tanev said. “We didn’t stop pushing. That’s the thing.”

The fourth line player was undrafted, signed as a free agent and was playing his 15th game.

“This is my first time playing at Joe Louis Arena and to get my first goal and then that,” Tanev said. “It’s just a great feeling.”

Patrik Laine, Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck, from the Detroit-area suburb of Commerce Township, stopped 30 shots.

“The players did a great job of shutting the game down in the first period,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “I really enjoyed this win from a coach’s standpoint.”

Related: Video: Nothing lucky about Laine’s seventh goal of the season

Luke Glendening, Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader scored for Detroit, and Petr Mrazek made 26 saves. The Red Wings are 0-3-1 in their last four to drop to 6-5-1.

“You’ve got to play a complete game in this league. Players are too good and will make you pay if you make mistakes and turn the pucks over,” Abdelkader said. “We’ve got to be better that way but there’s lots of things to build off of the last few games. It’s a long season. We’ll be better and get ready for Sunday (when the Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers).”

It was Gordie Howe night at Joe Louis Arena. The family of the late Hall of Famer spoke to the media before the game. Howe died on June 10 at the age of 88. His son, Mark Howe, is Detroit’s director of pro scouting. The first 5,000 fans received Gordie Howe statue replicas.

Mark and his siblings, Marty, Murray and Cathy dropped the puck for the ceremonial opening faceoff.

Tanev scored the winner on a breakaway, beating Mrazek on the glove side.

Ehlers added an empty-net goal in the last minute. It was his third goal.

Tanev’s first goal, with 7:36 left, tied it at 3.

After he beat Mrazek under the crossbar from in close, the puck went in and out so fast play continued for about a minute. After a stoppage, the play was reviewed and called a goal.

Abdelkader gave Detroit a 3-2 lead 9:12 into the third period.

Scheifele tied it at 2 earlier in the third period. It was his sixth goal.

“I thought we started really well. Even in the second it felt like we carried the play at times. Then in the third for whatever reason, I thought we fell back a little bit,” said Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who made his season debut after being bothered by a sore knee, “In saying that, I don’t know how many great scoring chances they had. But they came out winning. Two points are what you need and we didn’t get that.”

Zetterberg gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead 9:40 into the second period. He batted the rebound of Tomas Tatar‘s shot out of the air and into the net.

The goal was originally waved off because it was first indicated that Zetterberg’s stick was higher than the crossbar. But referees Chris Lee and Ghislain Hebert and linesmen Tim Nowak and Ryan Galloway huddled and immediately reversed the call. The call of a goal was then upheld by the NHL Situation Room in Toronto.

Glendening gave Detroit a 1-0 lead 3:04 into the game when he deflected Dan DeKeyser‘s shot/pass from the left point past Hellebuyck. It was Glendening’s first goal of the season.

Laine tied it at 1 with 4:30 left in the first period. He leads NHL rookies with seven goals.

Video: Domi drops Kesler with quick uppercut


Tempers flared between the Arizona Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

Max Domi got into a brief altercation with Ryan Kesler during the first period, with Domi dropping the veteran Ducks forward with a quick uppercut.

Both were given fighting majors. Kesler was given an additional roughing minor, as well.

Kesler was hurt in the fight, but did return to the game.


Habs leave Al Montoya ‘out to dry’ in historic 10-0 loss to Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 4:  Cam Atkinson #13 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates after beating Al Montoya #35 of the Montreal Canadiens for a goal during the second period on November 4, 2016 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Historic? That’s one way to put it. Disastrous sounds more accurate.

The Montreal Canadiens, winners of eight straight, saw their streak and great start to the season come to a crashing halt Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Fans in Columbus apparently began chanting during the third period ‘We want 10!’ And the Blue Jackets delivered. Ten goals. All of them were scored on Canadiens goalie Al Montoya, who was given the start so Carey Price could get a rest.

“Tonight, we let (Montoya) out to dry. That’s what’s frustrating. We pride ourselves on being such a close group and to leave our goalie out to dry like that is very frustrating,” said captain Max Pacioretty.

Price never came into this game. The Habs lost 10-0. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported that this matches the worst defeat in Canadiens history.

For Montreal fans, what occurred Friday may have brought back old memories of Patrick Roy being left in for nine goals during a game in 1995, then storming along the bench past coach Mario Tremblay to have a word with team president Ronald Corey. A few days later, Roy was traded.

That’s not a suggestion that Montoya will do, or would do the same thing. But the Twitter world on Friday was full of references to that infamous night in Habs history.

Despite their 9-0-1 start prior to this debacle, Habs coach Michel Therrien said the coaching staff could see a letdown coming “…like a big curve ball.”

“First of all, it was really tough to leave him in there. And we understand,” said Therrien, adding goalie coach Stephane Waite talked to Montoya in the second intermission. “That was a really tough decision to make.”

The Blue Jackets, on the other hand, set a new franchise record for goals scored in a game. It’s the league’s first 10-goal shut out since 1996.

Now winners of three straight, the Blue Jackets actually tied the original franchise mark of eight goals in a single game before the second period was even over. That eighth goal was an accurate summation of the night for the Habs.

Benning: Canucks need Virtanen in Vancouver, and they need him to start scoring

CALGARY, AB - APRIL 7: Jake Virtanen #18 of the Vancouver Canucks in action against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on April 7, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Among the issues the Vancouver Canucks are dealing with, general manager Jim Benning is faced with what to do with prospect forward Jake Virtanen.

He’s eligible to play in the AHL. Yet, he remains in Vancouver, where he has yet to score a goal this season and where he is only playing 10 minutes a game right now under head coach Willie Desjardins. Meanwhile, the Canucks have been shut out in four of the last five games and that 4-0 start to the season is a distant memory now.

“I had this conversation with Jake about a week ago and that will be up to him,” Benning told TSN 1040 on Friday.

“If he started scoring goals, Willie would have more trust in him and put him out there more, and he’d get more ice time. Ice time is something young players have to earn.”

The Virtanen debate has been ongoing for months.

Playing in the AHL is a real possibility this season. Trevor Linden said the 2014 sixth overall pick would have to earn his spot on the NHL roster. And last week, the Canucks recalled Mike Zalewski after Virtanen spoke up to the media about his struggles and not playing enough with the same linemates.

The ice time is the focus. The Canucks don’t have a young forward with the kind of tools — size, skating ability and a physical edge — Virtanen brings.

But exactly how does playing 10 minutes a night benefit a young player, when they could be given a larger role in the minors in order to develop?

“The last three or four goals, he’s shown us some things he can do,” said Benning. “We’d still like him to get to the net harder, hang out in front of the net for tip-ins and rebound goals. For now, we need him up here and we need him to start scoring.”

With the Canucks having lost seven straight, the hot seat may be heating up for Desjardins, although Benning praised the work of the coaching staff for employing a more structured, discipline system. But, again. That whole scoring thing continues.

The Canucks defensive corps is dealing with injuries. It appears Chris Tanev will be out Saturday. Alex Edler was the latest casualty, following Thursday’s game in Ottawa. As a result, right-shooting blue liner Troy Stecher was recalled from AHL Utica.

Stecher, a free agent college signing from North Dakota, impressed in training camp and again recently during a brief call-up stint with the Canucks. A sign of the times? That was pretty much the only positive for this team during this skid.