Canucks deny Blues the Central Division lead
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — St. Louis missed a chance to go clear top of the NHL’s Central Division when it lost 1-0 at Vancouver on Wednesday, as the Canucks resumed from the Olympic break with an impressive and overdue victory.
Jannik Hansen scored the game’s only goal and Eddie Lack made 20 saves for the Canucks, who had lost seven-straight games heading into the break, and this victory gave them sole ownership of a playoff-yielding eighth place in the Western Conference.
In the day’s other key game, Los Angeles came from behind to win a ten-goal game at Colorado.
St. Louis, which has lost three-straight against Vancouver this season, remains level on points with Chicago in the Central but does have two games in hand.
Hansen broke a scoreless deadlock at 11:13 of the third period. He took a backhand stretch pass from Tom Sestito from deep in the Vancouver zone just past center ice, raced in on a breakaway and netted a high shot.
Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar had two goals, including the decisive score in the third period, as the Kings beat Colorado 6-4.
Kopitar’s second goal put the Kings, who trailed by two goals midway through the second period, back in front.
Justin Williams added an empty-net goal with 11 seconds left to round out the scoring.
Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist scored on a rebound with 28 seconds left in overtime to give the Red Wings a 2-1 win at Montreal.
Buffalo’s Matt D’Agostini outraced a Boston opponent to a loose puck and scored 22 seconds into overtime, lifting the Sabres to a 5-4 win over the Bruins.