Brock Boeser Pots 3-Assists, Canucks Stay Undefeated With 5th Straight Win


Vancouver Canucks’ Andrei Kuzmenko (96) scores against Dallas Stars goalie Matt Murray (32) as Esa Lindell (23) defends while Ryan Suter (20) and Canucks’ J.T. Miller (9) watch during the first period. (Darry Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

By Associated Press

March 14, 2023

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Guillaume Brisebois scored his first NHL goal and the Vancouver Canucks (29-32-5) beat the Western Conference-leading Dallas Stars (37-18-13) 5-2 on Tuesday night for their season-high fifth straight victory.

Brisebois scored at 4:09 of the third to make it 4-2.

“I’m really happy about it, but I’m not satisfied with it,” Brisebois said. “I think I have to build on that. And I think that’s going to build a little bit of confidence. But I’ve still got to play really hard and prove myself every day.”

Guillaume Brisebois #55 of the Vancouver Canucks holds up his first NHL goal puck after their NHL game against the Dallas Stars. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

The 25-year-old defenseman has played 22 NHL games — 12 this season.

“I’ve got affection for those guys,” Canucks coach Rick Tocchet said. “Those guys are trying to make the NHL, right? And they bought in right away. They’re not perfect, nobody’s perfect. But the next shift or the next practice, they pick themselves up. I love that about them.”

Phillip Di Giuseppe, Andrei Kuzmenko, Anthony Beauvillier and J.T. Miller also scored for Vancouver, and Brock Boeser had three assists. Thatcher Demko stopped 25 shots in the finale of a six-game homestand.

Thatcher Demko #35 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save on a shot by Jamie Benn #14 of the Dallas Stars during the second period. (Photo by Derek Cain/Getty Images)

Wyatt Johnston and Jamie Benn scored for Dallas, and Matt Murray made 15 saves in his second NHL start. The Stars lost for the first time on a six-game trip that ends with games in Edmonton on Thursday night and Calgary on Saturday night.

“There’s no quit in our group,” Stars coach Peter DeBoer said. “I didn’t think we had our best stuff tonight and I anticipated that with kind of the road we’ve been on here for the last week but still a winnable game.”

Di Giuseppe opened the scoring at 1:35 of the first period. Kuzmenko made it 2-0 at the six-minute mark with his 33rd goal of the season.

Johnston scored for Dallas at 48 seconds of the second. Beauvillier countered with 8:07 left in the second, and Benn got his 29th for Dallas on a power play with five seconds to go in the second.

Brisebois scored early in the third, and Miller connected with 3:02 left.


Stars: At Edmonton on Thursday night.

Canucks: At Arizona on Thursday night.

Canucks Rally In Shootout, Defeat Predators 4-3 On Pettersson Goal

Vancouver Canucks goalie Arturs Silovs makes a save against the Nashville Predators during the second period. (Rich Lam/The Canadian Press via AP)

By Associated Press, March 7, 2023

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Elias Pettersson scored the only goal in the shootout and the Vancouver Canucks (26-32-5) beat the Nashville Predators (31-23-7) 4-3 on Monday night.

Pettersson, Vasily Podkolzin and Dakota Joshua had goals in regulation for the Canucks, who recovered after giving up a two-goal lead in the third period to get their third win in four games. Arturs Silovs stopped 29 shots through overtime.

“I didn’t think we had our legs but we hung in there,” Vancouver coach Rick Tocchet said, noting that his group needs to know they can’t make bad passes or other costly mistakes when they aren’t at the top of their game.

“It’s actually a great learning experience. It really is. That’s what I told the players: if you don’t have it, make sure that you don’t hurt the team and I think that’s a learning experience.”

Luke Evangelista scored twice in the third period to tie the score, and Colton Sissons also had a goal for the Predators, who lost for the second time in seven games (5-1-1). Jeremy Lauzon had two assists and Juuse Saros had 26 saves.

“I thought it was a hard-fought battle,” Predators coach John Hynes said. “Both teams worked, they had pushes, we had pushes and I’m glad that we got a point out of the game because all those little points matter.”

After Pettersson put a shot through Saros’ legs on Vancouver’s attempt in the third round of the shootout, Silovs denied Nashville’s Tommy Novak to secure the win.

“For sure, pressure is on,” said Silovs, a 21-year-old Latvian goalie. “You’re thinking I have to make a save and win the game.”

Pettersson nearly ended the game 59 seconds into overtime, sending a backhanded shot off the post.

Evangelista, a 21-year-old Toronto native playing in his fourth NHL game, scored his first two career goals 8:24 apart in the third to tie the score with 3:05 left.

“A lot of shock. I think pretty big relief,” he said. “I had a lot of chances and I just wasn’t able to bury so to finally see one go in the net was a big relief, so it was pretty calming.”

First, he got the rebound of Kiefer Sherwood’s shot and delivered it into the back of Vancouver’s net to pull the Predators within one at 8:31 of the third. Then, after a bad clearing attempt by Vancouver defenseman Guillaume Brisebois, the Predators’ Tyson Barrie fired a shot from above the faceoff circle and Evangelista tipped it in for his second goal of the game to tie it 3-3.

Pettersson started the scoring as he got a pass from Andrei Kuzmenko and waited patiently at the faceoff dot for his moment before firing a shot up and over Saros’ shoulder 4:31 into the first period.

For Pettersson, it was his 30th goal of the season and his 300th regular season point. It came in his 306th career game, making him the second-fastest player in Canucks’ history to achieve the feat behind only Pavel Bure (246).

“That’s obviously something I’m very happy with,” Pettersson said. “But (I’ve got to) keep going and reach more points.”

The Canucks tied it just 24 seconds later as Jeremy Lauzon fired a shot from the top of the circle and Cole Smith tipped it, sending the puck ricocheting off the post. The rebound hit Silovs in the skate before Sissons tapped it into the open net from the top of the crease for his 11th.

Podkolzin gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead with 9:04 left in the first as he deflected Kyle Burroughs’ long shot from inside the blue line up and over Saros’ blocker.

Joshua pushed the Canucks lead to 3-1 at 5:43 of the third as he got a backward pass from Nils Aman in the slot and sent a shot through Predators defenseman Ryan McDonagh’s legs and in for his ninth.


Predators: At Arizona on Thursday night in the fourth of a six-game trip.

Canucks: Host Anaheim on Wednesday night in the fourth of a six-game homestand.