Miller makes 36 saves, Canucks hang on to beat Kings 2-1

He made some good saves and he was confident. “It hit so hard it could have gone in, it could have gone anywhere. 13, 2015. Canucks winger Alex Burrows is one game away from 800 for his career. “I don’t think we get the win without Edler coming in.Notes: Kings winger Devin Setoguchi played in his 500th NHL game. The Kings (17-14-4 ) suffered their fourth loss in five games.Loui Eriksson and Henrik Sedin scored for the Canucks, who converted one of three power-play opportunities while denying the Kings on two.“It’s nice to come out here after the Christmas break and get the win,” said Eriksson. Millsy made some great saves for us.”Tanner Pearson scored for L.A. There weren’t two-on-ones or three-on-twos. The goal came after Bo Horvat, battling a Kings defender along the boards, gave a between-the-legs pass to Eriksson. They didn’t have too much as far as odd-man rushes. “We were above the puck. Heading into the game, Vancouver’s power play ranked second-last in the NHL with a 12.5 per cent success rate.With the Kings forced to kill three penalties, including two committed by Nic Dowd, the Canucks outshot the visitors 12-6 in the first period.“None of them were very good penalties, but we got through that all right and then they scored on the first shift (in the second period),” said Kings coach Darryl Sutter. He has not missed a game since 2013-14.02:07ET 29-12-16 “When he’s on, he’s on. “We had a scoring chance and they come back and score and now you are chasing it. I was kind of hoping it wasn’t behind me.”Pearson spoiled Miller’s shutout bid at 16:43 of the third period, depriving Miller of his first goose egg in more than a year.His last shutout came against the Kings on Oct. had gone nine games without allowing a power-play goal. “The first period was nice,” said Miller. “I thought we played pretty well. The same can’t be said for the final 40 minutes.Miller recorded 36 saves as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in the first game for both teams following the NHL’s Christmas break.He was unbeatable until late in the third period as the Kings outshot the Canucks 37-20 — including 31-8 over the final two periods. defenceman Drew Doughty needs one more game for 200 consecutive games played. When he came in, he handled everything clean.”Desjardins also praised defenceman Alex Edler, who delivered a strong effort upon his return to the lineup after missing 11 games with a broken finger.“He made such a difference coming back,” said Desjardins. I thought we got stronger as the game went on, that’s for sure.”Henrik Sedin doubled Vancouver’s lead only 23 seconds into the second period as he deflected in Troy Stecher’s bouncing shot from the point.The goal was the only one of a raggedy period in which the Kings outshot the Canucks 13-4.Miller stood out as he stopped Trevor Lewis in close after a Vancouver giveaway at the blue line and robbed Dustin Brown on a one-timer off Anze Kopitar’s sharp-angled shot in the late going.“It skipped under and hit the top of my laces on my skate,” said Miller. He has now gone 67 games without one.“I think he’s one of the best in the league,” said Canucks coach Willie Desjardins. Vancouver’s goals came early in the first and second periods.“You never want to get down that quick behind the eight-ball, and we just couldn’t bury that second one at the end of the game,” said Pearson.Eriksson opened the scoring on a power play 2:43 into the game as he skated the puck out of the corner and beat Budaj with a shot to the far side. With the goal, the Canucks ended the Kings’ consecutive penalty kills streak at 26.Defenceman Jake Muzzin was off for high-sticking Eriksson at the time. It’s a good team we were playing. L.A. It was a clean game as far as that goes and that’s the kind of game you have to have to beat L.A.”The Canucks (15-18-3) earned only their second win in the past five games. L.A. Ryan Miller had an easy time in the first period Wednesday night. Peter Budaj took the loss while stopping 18 shots.

DeRozan becomes Raptors’ career scoring leader in loss to Warriors

He blocked another shot in the final seconds.Golden State has now gone 119 straight regular-season games without losing back-to-back contests since April 2015 and has won 15 in a row after a defeat, going 5-0 this season.Andre Iguodala scored in double figures off the bench for the seventh time this season with 11 points, making all five of his shots.Golden State made nine of its first 10 shots with a pair of 3s by Thompson, a long 28-footer by Curry and another from Durant to jump to a 22-4 lead. The eighth-year guard shot 10 for 23 with nine free throws, six assists and five rebounds.“I think he’s grown in every aspect of his game except probably his 3-point shooting, but he’s probably one of the best in-between shooters in the league,” Casey said. Curry rebounded a missed 3 by Durant and converted two key free throws with 2:04 to go, then Durant blocked a shot by DeRozan on the other end. Toronto had reached 100 points in 16 straight games before a 95-91 win at Portland on Monday.Warriors: Golden State’s 42 points in the first period were its most in a first quarter this season and its NBA-leading seventh 40-point quarter. I couldn’t think of anybody who deserves that honour or record or whatever you want to call it more than DeMar. The Warriors had 33 assists to 20 turnovers.DEROZAN’S RECORDCasey couldn’t be happier with how DeRozan represents the franchise. … The Raptors are 11-4 on the road, 0-3 vs. The Warriors shot 72 per cent (18 for 25). The Raptors called their second timeout with 7:40 left in the first.Toronto started the second with a 19-6 spurt to get back within 12 but the Warriors closed the half on a 16-4 run to lead 72-55 at the break.TIP-INSRaptors: Coach Dwane Casey was still feeling the effects of the flu a day later but much better. … … Upset with themselves for blowing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter to lose 109-108 at Cleveland in an NBA Finals rematch on Christmas Day, they took it out on Toronto three days later.DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points and became Toronto’s career scoring leader (10,290), passing Chris Bosh’s 10,275 points, but the Raptors had their franchise-record, seven-game road winning streak snapped.Curry, Durant and Thompson scored 20 or more points each in the same game for the 11th time.Golden State led by 25 after the first quarter, dished out 30 or more assists for an NBA-best 22nd time and shot 56.8 per cent in a 12th straight home win against Toronto and sixth overall.Curry’s snazzy behind-the-back pass to Thompson for a 3-pointer late in the third put the Warriors up 95-75, but they had to deliver late. the Pacific Division. I think he’s the face of our franchise. “He’s one of those guys that he’s always brought something new to the table each and every year. He represents it in a first-class way.”UP NEXTRaptors: Play the second game of a back-to-back at Phoenix on Thursday, the fourth stop of a six-game road trip that also features games at the Lakers and San Antonio. Kevin Durant had 22 points, matched his season best with 17 rebounds, and added seven assists and five blocks as the Golden State Warriors held off the Toronto Raptors 121-111 on Wednesday night.Stephen Curry added 28 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, and Klay Thompson scored 21 points for Golden State, which showed that if you make these Warriors a little mad one game, they might just play far better the next.

Marner scores in shootout to lift Leafs over Panthers

Nylander took a feed from Matthews and blasted a shot from the left circle that beat Luongo on the stick side with 2:06 left to make it 2-0.Florida’s points leader Aleksander Barkov left the game in the second period and did not return.Matthews gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead at 10:38 of the first. Andersen turned aside Malgin’s attempt with a pad save.Toronto had a potential power-play goal waved off when it was ruled that Nazem Kadri’s right leg made contact with Luongo in the crease before James van Riemsdyk shot the puck in with 3:05 left in the second.The Leafs made up for it about a minute later during another power play. Frederik Andersen made 45 saves and blanked Florida in the shootout. Mitchell Marner scored in the third round of the shootout to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Wednesday night.Rookie Auston Matthews got his team-leading 17th goal and an assist and William Nylander also scored for the Maple Leafs. Matthews has 11 goals in his past 15 games and leads the Leafs in scoring with 28 points. A shot from the slot bounced off Matthews’ body in front of the crease, and when it dropped to his skates, Matthews backhanded it in. Marchessault scored 29 seconds in off the rebound of Keith Yandle’s shot, and then Trochek then flipped in another rebound off a shot by Jakub Kindle to get his 100th career point.The Panthers were awarded a penalty shot when Denis Malgin was interfered with by Jake Gardiner on a breakaway with 6:54 left in the third. Roberto Luongo stopped 38 shots.The Maple Leafs won their fourth straight on the road and improved to 3-0 against the Panthers this season.Florida scored twice in the first 2:43 of the third period to tie it. Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Marchessault each had a goal and an assist for the Panthers.

Johnson scores in overtime, Lightning rally to beat Canadiens

Tampa Bay also got goals from Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat, who combined to tie it at 3 in the third. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 19 shots.Shea Weber, Alexander Radulov and Chris Terry scored for the Canadiens, who have lost three in a row. Weber was serving a tripping penalty when Palat tied it with 3:30 left in the third.Hedman had cut the Lightning deficit to one midway through the third.Kucherov (six games, lower body) and Palat (five games, undisclosed) both returned from the Lightning’s lengthy injury list. Weber has nine goals, including eight on the power play.Weber also had a big check in the third on Vladislav Namestnikov, who skated off under his own power. Tyler Johnson scored his second goal of the game 1:36 into overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Wednesday night.Johnson’s winner from the right circle appeared to go off a Montreal stick and past goalie Carey Price. Price had 26 saves.Soon after Price made a stellar reaching stick save on Palat’s redirection early in the second period, Terry made 3-1 from the low right circle.Radulov got a gift goal 3:24 into the game when Vasilevskiy misplayed a dump-in and Paul Byron passed from behind the net for the first of his two assists.Johnson tied it midway through the first after a turnover by Weber, who got a power-play goal three minutes later to put Montreal up 2-1. However, centre Valtteri Filppula was scratched after missing a team meeting.Kucherov had two assists, and Palat also had an assist.

DeRozan passes Bosh for most points in Raptors history

DeMar DeRozan has passed Chris Bosh to become the Toronto Raptors’ all-time leading scorer.DeRozan needed 15 points to set the new franchise mark entering Wednesday’s game against Golden State.He surpassed Bosh late in the second quarter with a pull-up shot from just inside the free throw line that lifted him to 10,276 points in a Toronto uniform. Chris Bosh scored 10,275 points with Toronto.

Team Canada is confident but not cocky at world juniors

Denmark’s stunning 3-2 upset win over defending champion Finland on Tuesday at Bell Centre got everyone’s attention.Read more: Canada cruises to win against Slovakia team that only musters six shotsRead more: Canada kicks off world juniors with win over Russia“It’s part of the tournament and we have to respect every team. “They’re playing as a team and we’re growing as a team. The forward is nursing a lower-body injury and is day to day.Canada is coming off a sixth-place showing at the 2016 tournament in Helsinki, its worst result since an eighth-place finish in 1998. That’s what we want to do.”Canada has won gold 16 times since the tournament’s inception in 1977, but it’s most recent title (in 2015) is the country’s only one in the past seven years.The top four teams in each group advance to the quarter-finals, which will be split between Toronto and Montreal. We’ll see how things go.”Latvia, which was promoted to the 10-team event this year, has only three players who are NHL draft picks. This year’s team has been tenacious on the fore-check and is using its overall speed to its advantage.“We’re playing to our strengths and I think we’re doing a really good job,” Strome said. Right now it’s paying off and guys are getting rewarded individually, scoring is across all four lines and it’s great to see.”Canada backchecked well against Slovakia and held the opposition to just six shots on net. “I think our guys are working hard. “We’re focusing on ourselves. We’re a confident team and we just want to challenge ourselves to be better every time that we step on the ice.“There’s little things that we can do better and that’s the way that we look at it every day.”Canada opened the preliminary round on Boxing Day with a solid 5-3 win over Russia. Two solid victories for Canada at the world junior hockey championship have helped restore confidence to a team that made an early exit at the 2016 tournament last January.A New Year’s Eve game with the archrival Americans is circled on the calendar but Canada’s next goal is to defeat Latvia on Thursday night at Air Canada Centre. It’s nice to see where we’re at.”Ducharme gave his players a day off Wednesday. The semi-finals and medal games will be played at Bell Centre. “We like them both and we’re confident with those guys in net. The start of the tournament has not been kind as Latvia has been outscored 15-2 over two losses.“Denmark beat Finland [so] anyone can beat anyone on any given day,” Strome said. Captain Dylan Strome is the lone Canadian with two goals in the tournament.“It’s great to see everyone involved and getting rewarded,” Ducharme said. A comfortable 5-0 victory over Slovakia followed a day later.Canada has used a balanced attack with nine different players scoring goals so far. Connor Ingram earned the shutout after Carter Hart’s 17-save performance in the tournament opener.Ducharme said the regular starter job could go to either netminder, adding he has yet to make a decision on who will be in net on Thursday night.“We have two goalies, two solid goalies,” he said. “From the goaltending to the defence to the forwards, I think everyone is doing their part. “You’ve got to be ready to play every game. We’re gaining momentum for sure.”Canada’s Mitchell Stephens is questionable for Thursday night, Ducharme said. We saw what happened yesterday in Montreal,” Canadian head coach Dominique Ducharme said Wednesday. The host team will not be taking the underdog Latvians lightly. He seemed impressed with the team’s effort so far and has liked the work ethic.“They’re really unselfish,” he said. To see scoring spread around like that is a good sign of the way that we’re playing as a team.“We’re going to be having success as a team and that’s the way that we’re doing it.