VANCOUVER — The stakes could also be low, however coach Travis Inexperienced says his Vancouver Canucks are taking part in arduous to complete out the season.
The Canucks took factors from a third-straight sport on Tuesday, beating the Calgary Flames 4-2.
“We don’t exit on the ice to lose hockey video games,” Inexperienced stated. “We would like guys which can be aggressive, we would like guys that play to win. And it’s good that we’re doing that.”
It was a busy finish to the afternoon, with three objectives coming within the sport’s remaining 4 minutes.
Calgary (25-27-3) was down 3-0 when Adam Ruzicka went into the tip boards late within the third interval. The Flames ahead continued battling for the puck, ultimately getting it to a ready Milan Lucic. Lucic then dished it to Andrew Mangiapane on the high of the crease and the Flames left-winger snapped it for Calgary’s first of the day 16:38 into the interval.
The purpose was Mangiapane’s seventeenth of the season and prolonged his scoring streak to 4 video games. He has two objectives and 4 assists throughout the stretch.
Eighty-two seconds later, Matthew Tkachuk despatched a puck crusing in previous Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko to convey the Flames inside one.
Brock Boeser restored Vancouver’s (23-28-4) two-goal lead with 18 seconds left on the clock, sending a bouncing shot via the impartial zone and into the empty Calgary web to make it 4-2.
The strike was the right-winger’s team-leading twenty third purpose of the season. Boeser additionally had an help on the day and prolonged his level streak to 4 video games.
Travis Hamonic additionally put up two factors for the Canucks, opening the scoring 9:43 into the primary interval and helping on Boeser’s empty-net tally.
The previous Flames defenceman has performed some “actually good hockey” since coming back from damaged ribs on the finish of February, Inexperienced stated.
“When he first obtained right here it took him a bit time, he actually hadn’t skated for nearly a yr after which he obtained harm,” the coach stated. “Whereas he obtained harm, he obtained to know his teammates a bit extra and obtained his legs below him, obtained a bit extra snug so far as skating. And he’s been every little thing we thought and hoped he’d be.”
Tyler Myers additionally had a purpose and an help for the Canucks on Tuesday, and rookie ahead Nils Hoglander scored his thirteenth of the yr.
Demko stopped 38 pictures and appeared poised for a shutout till late within the third interval.
“It was a very good 60 minutes. Clearly, they pushed a bit bit there within the third however you needed to count on that and I believed we dealt with it fairly properly,” the goalie stated.
Louis Domingue performed his first sport for the Flames and stopped 20-of-23 pictures.
The 29-year-old goaltender stated Tuesday’s sport could have been his final within the NHL.
“Behind my thoughts, this may be my final sport, this may not be,” he stated. “I don’t know what the following yr goes to appear like for me however I’m positively glad I get to play, and because the sport went on, I positively felt extra snug and felt extra like I belong.”
Domingue stated when he signed with the Flames as a free agent in October, he believed he’d be taking part in extra. As an alternative, he’s spent a lot of the yr on Calgary’s taxi squad.
“To be trustworthy, I don’t suppose that taxi squad was excellent for any gamers,” he stated.
“I don’t suppose that was a very good answer for anybody and it’s fairly unlucky as a result of we noticed plenty of guys that didn’t get plenty of taking part in time that performed within the minors and whatnot so fairly disillusioned with the taxi squad state of affairs. However it’s what it’s.”
The Flames and Canucks will wrap up their seasons Wednesday with a matinee in Calgary.
Calgary holds a 6-3 lead within the 10-game season sequence between the 2 sides.
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