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Lack sensational but Canucks lose to lowly Coyotes in the shootout


The Vancouver Canucks looked doomed from the start. On the road, up against the Arizona Coyotes, who have only lost 10 in a row. And the Canucks fell right into the trap.

Despite a late third-period comeback and some sensational saves from goalie Eddie Lack — which only came after his teammates, including Daniel Sedin, were guilty of some atrocious turnovers — the Canucks fell by a final score of 3-2 in the shootout.

Maybe it was Arizona’s jerseys. The Coyotes were wearing their original throwback uniforms. Just like old times.

Sam Gagner scored the lone goal in the skills competition. Other than that, Lack was solid later in the game. He was forced to rob Shane Doan on a breakaway early in overtime after a horrendous pass from Sedin, and made another glove save in OT. Giving his team a chance, at least.

The win snaps Arizona’s losing streak at 10 games.

This skid has gotten the Coyotes right into the thick of the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. Odd, because the Canucks, fighting for a playoff spot, have now lost to the Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres, another team in the running to land the top pick in the 2015 draft, in the span of seven days.

In this case, the Canucks still get the single point. They maintain the second spot in the Pacific Division, two points ahead of the Calgary Flames, who, thanks to a beauty and unlikely shootout goal from David Schlemko, topped the Boston Bruins earlier in the evening.

Video: Schlemko converts on one-handed shootout move, Flames beat Bruins

SO winner

The Calgary Flames waited until the eighth round of the shootout to unleash their secret weapon — David Schlemko.

Yeah. That guy.

The 27-year-old defenseman Schlemko once scored four goals in an NHL season. That was for the Arizona Coyotes, back in 2010-11.

Making his Flames debut, and with Calgary needing a win to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race, Schlemko scored the shootout winner in the eighth round to give his new team a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

The Flames, without Mark Giordano for the remainder of the season and a below average puck possession team at even strength, continue to hang in there, third in the Pacific Division.

Words don’t do the Schlemko move justice. See for yourself.

Video: Stars get after Kulikov in first rematch since Seguin injury


Panthers d-man Dmitry Kulikov served a four-game suspension for clipping — and injuring — Dallas forward Tyler Seguin last month, but that didn’t stop the Stars from exacting further revenge in their first meeting since the incident on Thursday night in Florida.

Dallas’ Curtis McKenzie challenged Kulikov midway through the first period:

(GIF courtesy Boston.com’s Stephanie Vail)

The Stars were asked about potential retribution prior to the game, per the Dallas Morning-News:

Vern Fiddler said after the last game, “I think it’s a gutless play for their D to do that. (Seguin)’s released the puck, and comes across and takes his knee out. There’s no room in the game, and it’s not a good play. It’s a gutless play on his part, and we’ll have to deal with that at a later time.”

However, the league suspended Kulikov four games for the hit, and Fiddler said on Thursday morning the Stars have to be focused on the game.

“The league took care of it, and I’m glad they took care of it, because it takes it out of our hands,” Fiddler said. “We want to play a fair game, that’s the way we play.”

Ruff said he too expects his team to focus on play.

“I’m not even going to talk about that situation,” Ruff said. “To me, it’s behind us, the league dealt with it. Both teams are desperate to win a hockey game, that has to be our focus. The biggest damage we can now is on the scoresheet.”

Kulikov said he wasn’t sure if anything would happen, but would be prepared to answer the bell if need be.

“I’m not really thinking about it, but whatever happens, happens,” he explained. “We’re not going to back off and let them retaliate and do nothing.

“If something happens, we’ll deal with it.”

Goalie nods: Blues go with Elliott after odd incident in Vancouver

St. Louis Blues v Vancouver Canucks

All the latest from the blue paint…

Elliott, not Allen, starts in Philly

Worth keeping an eye on the Blues tonight as they take on the Flyers at Wells Fargo — Brian Elliott will get the nod in goal, just four days after a wild Sunday night in Vancouver.

Jake Allen started the eventual 6-5 shootout loss to the Canucks, but was hooked after allowing four goals on 21 shots. Elliott replaced Allen to start the third, but was then yanked after allowing one goal early in the frame, giving way for Allen to re-enter the game.

Following the contest, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock explained his reason for the move and noted the decision didn’t sit well with Elliott.

From the Post-Dispatch:

“When (Elliott) came out, it was 5-2,” Hitchcock said. “I was thinking, ‘Now all I need to do is get him hurt.’ I put him in because I thought we had great spirit going into the third and had a chance to win the hockey game. That was me. That’s my call.”

Elliott had a brief exchange with Hitchcock, then disappeared.

“He was mad he was coming out,” Hitchcock said. “I told him just relax. He’s fine.”

Elliott was not available for comment after the game.

Not much has been said about the incident since, but it was clear both Elliott and Allen were rattled by the series of events. Afteward, Allen said he was “mentally drained” by the situation.

As for the Flyers, Steve Mason will get the start in goal this evening.


Flames at Bruins: Karri Ramo vs. (no Boston starter yet)

Wild at Caps: Devan Dubnyk vs. Braden Holtby

Leafs at Bolts: Jonathan Bernier vs. Ben Bishop (probable)

Stars at Panthers: Kari Lehtonen (probable) vs. Dan Ellis

Isles at Preds: Jaroslav Halak vs. Pekka Rinne

Canucks at Coyotes: Eddie Lack vs. Mike Smith (probable)

Habs at Kings: (no Montreal starter yet) vs. Jonathan Quick (probable)

Stars lose Daley for 2-4 weeks after Martin knee-on-knee

Trevor Daley, Matt Martin

The Dallas Stars will be without veteran defenseman Trevor Daley for the next 2-4 weeks following a nasty knee-on-knee hit from Isles forward Matt Martin, head coach Lindy Ruff confirmed on Thursday.

Daley, 31, was enjoying a career year prior to getting hurt, posting highs in goals (16) and points (33) while sitting second among all Stars in average TOI per game, at 23:07. It’s a devastating blow to his team’s slim playoff chances; Dallas heads into tonight’s action sitting nine points back of Minnesota for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference, and would need to leapfrog Colorado, San Jose and Los Angeles in the standings to get there.

Dallas is also currently without the services of leading scorer Tyler Seguin, who Ruff said has resumed working out and could be within a week of returning to play.

The severity of Daley’s injury will likely cause some to wonder why Martin only received a one-game suspension for his hit. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety classified the hit as “reckless,” adding that it caused “significant injury.”