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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Vancouver Canucks hope an upcoming stretch of home games will be enough to get the club into the postseason. That span begins on Saturday night, when the Canucks welcome the Anaheim Ducks to Rogers Arena. The Canucks have been to the postseason in each of the past five seasons, each time going in as champion of the non-defunct Northwest Division. Vancouver has had a tougher go in the new-look Pacific Division, where it sits fifth overall with 79 points. That leaves the Canucks hoping for a wild card spot and it trails the Phoenix Coyotes by five points for the second extra playoff berth. The Coyotes, though, have played one fewer game and play host to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Vancouver does have a point in four straight games. The Canucks opened a quick two-game road trip with a 5-2 win over the Wild on Wednesday, claiming a third straight victory, but dropped an overtime decision the following night to the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs got the winner 55 seconds into overtime. Matt Duchene circled around the left boards to get clear of defenders before firing a pass to the front of the net where Tyson Barrie tipped it home for the win. Yannick Weber and Zack Kassian scored for the Canucks, while Eddie Lack turned away 25 shots in the loss. "We out-played them in the third, but it was not good enough," said Kassian. "We got the point and had a good road trip." The Canucks played both games on the road without leading scorer Henrik Sedin and his status for this contest is unknown because of a lower-body injury. Sedin leads Vancouver with 36 assists and 46 points. Vancouver fell to 16-19-5 on the road with Thursdays loss and will play five straight and six of its final seven games this season at home. The Canucks are 18-11-6 at Rogers Arena on the campaign. Lack is 0-2-1 with a 3.65 goals against average in his career versus the Ducks, who have won all three of their games versus the Canucks this season. That has pushed Anaheims series winning streak to four straight overall and it also has won seven of the previous 10 meetings. The Ducks have won two straight and four of their last five in Vancouver, a trend they look to continue as they chase the Pacific Division crown. Anaheim is one point back of the first-place San Jose Sharks, who visit Colorado on Saturday afternoon and have played two more games than the Ducks. Anaheim did fail to pull into a tie with San Jose last night as it lost a 4-3 decision to the Edmonton Oilers in overtime. Edmonton had taken two penalties earlier in the overtime, leading to a brief 5-on-3 for Anaheim, but the Ducks took a whistle and the teams wound up skating 3-on-3. With a lot of ice to work with, Edmontons Andrew Ference grabbed the puck in the neutral zone and skated down the middle, winding up for a big blast that ticked off the right post and in with 1:09 left on the clock. Jonas Hiller made just 19 saves in defeat, outdueled by Edmontons Ben Scrivens, who posted 48 stops. "Yeah, he was pretty good tonight," said Anaheim head coach Bruce Boudreau about Scrivens. "Anytime you get over 50 shots on a goal and you lose, youve got to tip your hat a little bit to the goalie." Nick Bonino, Mathieu Perreault and Patrick Maroon all scored for the Ducks, who had won two straight entering the contest and fell to 4-4-3 in their past 11. Perreault has five goals and three assists over a seven-game point streak. Hiller was making his third straight start and could give way tonight to backup Frederik Andersen. It helps that Andersen has won both of his previous career starts with the Canucks while allowing just two goals on 68 shots. Josh Jacobs Raiders Jersey . 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Ronnie Lott Jersey . - Alex Dostie scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Gatineau Olympiques to a 5-3 victory over the Drummondville Voltigeurs in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action on Sunday.PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. -- Brayden Point scored three goals and added three assists as the Moose Jaw Warriors dominated the Prince Albert Raiders 7-1 in Western Hockey League action on Friday. Jack Rodewald and Tanner Eberle each had a goal and an assist for Moose Jaw (14-31-8), and Alexey Sleptsov and Torrin White also scored. Justin Paulic turned aside 39 shots for the win. Josh Morrissey replied for Prince Albert (24-26-3), which was outshot 40-29 and held to just five shots in the first period. Cole Cheveldave started in net for the Raiders, but was pulled after giving up three goals on 11 shots through 28 minutes. Nick McBride stopped 14 of 18 shots in relief. --- TIGERS 5 BLADES 2 SASKATOON -- Anthony Asts scored a short-handed goal in the first period that proved to be the winner as Medicine Hat toppled the Blades. Dylan Bredo had a goal and an assist for the Tigers (32-19-3) and Markus Eisenschmid, Chad Labelle, and Cole Sanford also scored. The Blades (15-37-4) were 2 for 5 with the man advantage and both MacKenzie Johnston and Cameron Hebig scored power-play goals. Johnston also added an assist. Nick Schneider stopped 18 shots for the victory while Troy Trombley made 33 saves for the loss. --- WHEAT KINGS 8 BRONCOS 1 BRANDON, Man. -- Tim McGauley scored two goals and helped on another as the Wheat Kings thrashed Swift Current. Jayce Hawryluk had a goal and an assist John Quenneville and Richard Nejezchleb had a goal and an assist apiece, and Eric Roy, Jesse Gabrielle and Quintin Lisoway also scored for Brandon (28-20-6). Curtis Honey made 15 saves. Black Graham scored for the Broncos (26-21-8), who racked up 75 penalty minutes on 16 infractions. Eetu Laurikainen stopped 14 of 19 shots before giving way to Landon Bow, who gave up three goals on three shots. The Wheat Kings were 4 for 10 on the power play, but took 53 penalty minutes on nine infractions. The Broncos were 1 for 4 with the man advantage. --- ICE 8 HURRICANES 1 LETHBRIDGE, Alta. -- Tim Bozon scored a hat trick and added an assist as Kootenay dominated the Hurricanes. Luke Philip scored two goals and assisted on another, and Jaedon Descheneau, Zach Franko and Sam Reinhart had a goal and two assists apiece for Kootenay (29-21-4), which racked up 57 penalty minutes on 13 infractions. Mackenzie Skapski stopped 23 shots. Riley Sheen had the lone goal for Lethbridge (11-40-5), which took 12 penalties totalling 39 minutes. Jonny Hogue started in net for the Hurricanes but was pulled after allowing five goals on 17 shots through the first period. Teagan Sacher stopped 23 of 26 shots in relief. --- ROYALS 3 BLAZERS 1 KAMLOOPS, B.C. -- Royals goalie Coleman Vollrath made 36 saves as Victoria edged Kamloops. Brandon Magee and Taylor Cruck scored for the Royals (36-16-4), while Tyler Soy added a short-handed goal. Ryan Rehill scored on the poweer play for the Blazers (11-39-5), their only goal on four chances with the man advantage.dddddddddddd Kamloops goalie Bolton Pouliot made 26 saves in the losing effort. --- COUGARS 5 REBELS 3 PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. -- Todd Fiddle scored twice and added an assist, and Brad Morrisons second-period goal stood up as the winner as the Cougars edged Red Deer. Sam Ruopp and Joseph Carvalho also scored for Prince George (23-26-7), while Jansen Harkins added two assists. Haydn Fleury and Presten Kopeck both scored once and assisted on another for Red Deer (27-24-4). Scott Feser also scored for the Rebels. Cougars goalie Adam Beukeboom made 46 saves for the win. Patrik Bartosak turned away 37 shots in the losing effort for Red Deer. --- OIL KINGS 3 ROCKETS 2 (SO) KELOWNA, B.C. -- Mitchell Moroz scored the only goal in a shootout to lift Edmonton over the Rockets. Cole Benson and Brett Pollock also scored for Edmonton (39-13-1). Carter Rigby and Myles Bell replied for Kelowna (43-7-4). Edmontons Tristan Jarry made 26 saves while Jordon Cooke stopped 25 shots in defeat. Both teams were 1 for 6 on the power play. --- WINTERHAWKS 10 AMERICANS 3 KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Nicholas Petan scored twice and added an assist, and the Winterhawks used two four-goal periods to thrash Tri-City. Alex Schoenborn scored two goals for Portland (37-12-5), Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and two assists, Paul Bittner, Derrick Pouliot, and Keegan Iverson had a goal and an assist apiece, and Taylor Leir and Ethan Price scored the others. The Winterhawks were 3 for 4 on the power play. Michal Plutnar, Parker Wotherspoon, and Jessey Astles replied for Tri-City (26-23-5), who was 1 for 5 on the man advantage. Brendan Burke made 29 saves for the win. Eric Comrie started in net for the Americans and gave up four goals on 22 shots before being replaced by Evan Sarthou, who stopped 18 of 24 shots he faced. --- HITMEN 5 GIANTS 0 VANCOUVER -- Chris Driedger stopped 44 shots for his third shutout of the season to lead the Calgary Hitmen over the Giants. Adam Tambellini had two of Calgarys three power-play goals. Jake Virtanen also scored while the Hitmen (34-15-6) skated with the man advantage. Brady Brassart and Chase Lang also scored for Calgary. Peyton Lee stopped 6 of 8 shots for Vancouver (27-20-9), while Jared Rathjen handled 18 of 21. The Hitman were 3 for 5 on the power play, while the Giants were 0 for 9. --- THUNDERBIRDS 4 CHIEFS 0 KENT, Wash. -- Ryan Gropp scored twice, and Taran Kozun made 35 saves to lift Seattle over Spokane. Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist for the Thunderbirds (35-16-5), and Branden Troock also scored. Eric Williams started in net for Spokane (31-18-5), but left the game after giving up four goals on 27 shots. Garret Hughson stopped the only shot he faced. Seattle was 3 for 4 on the power play. ' ' '
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