Canucks-Stars Preview (The Associated Press)

October 20 2014 05:58PM

The Vancouver Canucks opened with three wins over the bottom teams in the Western Conference from a season ago. Their first game against a playoff club didn't go quite as well.

Canucks assign center Bo Horvat to AHL Utica (The Associated Press)

October 19 2014 12:48PM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks have assigned center Bo Horvat to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment.

Horvat assigned to Comets for conditioning

October 19 2014 11:27AM

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have assigned centre Bo Horvat to the AHL Utica Comets on a conditioning assignment.

Horvat, 19, appeared in five games with the Canucks during the...

Canucks assign centre Bo Horvat to Utica for conditioning

October 19 2014 11:15AM

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks have assigned centre Bo Horvat to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment.

Horvat, 19, had one goal in five pre-season games with the Canucks. Last season he appeared in 54...

Horvat assigned to Comets for conditioning

October 19 2014 10:58AM

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have assigned centre Bo Horvat to the AHL Utica Comets on a conditioning assignment.

Horvat, 19, appeared in five games with the Canucks during the...

Stamkos scores 2, Lightning top Canucks 4-2 (The Associated Press)

October 19 2014 12:49AM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks were already praising Steven Stamkos hours before they faced the Tampa Bay Lightning star on the ice.

Lightning D Hedman injured in 2nd period of win (The Associated Press)

October 19 2014 12:02AM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman sustained an upper-body injury during the second period of the Lightning's 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night and didn't return to the game.

Canucks' sellout streak ends at 474 (The Associated Press)

October 18 2014 11:54PM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks' sellout streak ended at 474 games Saturday night with a less-than-capacity crowd at Rogers Arena for a game against Tampa Bay.

Canucks' sellout streak ends at 474 (The Associated Press)

October 18 2014 11:54PM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks' sellout streak ended at 474 games Saturday night with a less-than-capacity crowd at Rogers Arena for a game against Tampa Bay.

Canucks fail to sell out for 1st time since '02, snapping streak of 474 games

October 18 2014 11:45PM

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks' sellout streak has come to an end.

The club played to a less-than-capacity crowd at Rogers Arena against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night, snapping a string of 474 consecutive sellouts.

Attendanc...

Lightning D Victor Hedman suffers upper-body injury in victory over Canucks

October 18 2014 11:45PM

VANCOUVER - Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman left the second period of Saturday's game against the Vancouver Canucks with an upper-body injury and did not return.

Lightning head coach John Cooper said after his team's 4-2 victory ...

Lightning defenseman Hedman leaves with injury

October 18 2014 11:30PM

VANCOUVER -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who entered play Saturday leading all NHL defensemen with seven points (three goals), left midway through the second period of a 4-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-b...

NHL Three Stars: Svedberg earns first shutout; Schwartz nets trick vs. Coyotes (Puck Daddy)

October 18 2014 10:59PM

Hey, it's Vincent Vega! No. 1 Star: Niclas Svedberg, Boston Bruins  A 32-save night helped Svedberg to record his first career NHL shutout during a 4-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins netminder was making his third career start, giving Tuukka Rask the night off. A pair of goals in the first and another pair in the second helped Boston send Buffalo to their second straight defeat via shutout.  No. 2 Star: Jonas Gustavsson, Detroit Red Wings The former Toronto Maple Leaf exacted a bit of revenge on his former mates with a 30-save, 1-0 blanking. It was Gustavsson’s sixth NHL shutout and first since he was a member of the Leafs. The two sides went 0-0 through regulation and in overtime it was Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg putting home the winner with 9.9 seconds left: No. 3 Star: Jaden Schwartz, St. Louis Blues Schwartz became the 60th player in Blues history to record a hat trick as St. Louis routed Arizona 6-1. The win helped Jake Allen earn the win in his first NHL start since April 2013. Jori Lehtera (who scored his first NHL goal) and Vladimir Tarasenko each recorded three points in the win. Honorable Mention: Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves and the Penguins killed all seven Islanders power plays as Pittsburgh got by New York 3-1. Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist scored power play markers 55 seconds apart in the second period to erase the Islanders’ lead. Hornqvist, who also added an assist, would later put home  an empty-netter to ensure victory … Sidney Crosby recorded a pair of assists, including the 500th of his NHL career … Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski each scored a goal and assisted on two others, while Antti Niemi made 35 saves as the San Jose Sharks defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Joe Thornton put home the empty-net goal at the end, helping him reach the 1,200-point plateau … Robin Lehner made 38 saves and Mike Hoffman’s goal midway through the third period broke a 2-2 deadlock as the Ottawa Senators edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. Ottawa has now won four in a row … Lehner made a pretty great stick save on Alex Wennberg here: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin scored on all three of Washington’s shootout attempts to help give the Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. Justin Peters needed only 20 saves as Washington improved to 10-0-1 in their last 11 against Florida … Panthers captain Willie Mitchell played in his 800th NHL game, while Steve Ott got in his 700th and Backstrom suited up for his 500th … The wildest game of the night ended with 11 goals and the Philadelphia Flyers getting by the Dallas Stars 6-5 after an overtime power play winner from Claude Giroux. Entering the third period down 4-2, the Flyers scored three times to help force the extra period. That’s when the Flyers captain deposited a one-timer behind Kari Lehtonen to give Philadelphia their first win of the season: Tyler Seguin had four assists, while Jason Spezza chipped in three points in the loss … P.K. Subban played a huge role in Montreal’s 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. His power play blast early in the second tied the game 1-1. Later in the period, just as his penalty expired, Subban burst from the box and made both Tyson Barrie and Calvin Pickard look silly for Montreal’s third and final goal: Meanwhile, in Chicago: Overtime. Jonathan Toews. Breakaway. Shorthanded. Blackhawks win:  Behind Ben Bishop’s 30 saves and Steven Stamkos’s three points, the Tampa Bay Lightning doubled up the Vancouver Canucks 4-2. Here’s Stamkos earning one of his points after breaking his stick, grabbing a new one from the Lightning bench, then proceeding to set up Ryan Callahan’s one-timer: Did You Know? “ The Sabres were shut out in consecutive games for the first time since October 2003.” (AP) Dishonorable Mention: Buffalo’s power play went 0-for-7 … Via the AP, New Jersey is now 2-4-2 in home openers at Prudential Center … Patrik Nemeth left the game in the first period after being cut on his arm by R.J. Umberger’s skate … Paul Stastny and Victor Hedman left their games with upper-body injuries and did not return. Meanwhile, Martin Hanzal exited with a lower-body injury … Arizona has allowed nine first period goals through four games.

Canucks recall Corrado from Comets

October 18 2014 12:44PM

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have recalled defenceman Frank Corrado from the AHL Utica Comets.

Corrado, 21, appeared in three games with the Canucks during the 2014 NHL Pre-Sea...

Coast guard vessel tows disabled Russian cargo ship off B.C. coast

October 18 2014 06:02AM


OLD MASSETT, B.C.—It’s slow going in heavy seas, but a Canadian Coast Guard vessel is continuing to tow a disabled Russian cargo ship away from the rocky shores of British Columbia’s northern coast.

The operation began Friday evening when the crew of the Gordon Reid managed to secure a tether to the Simushir.

The container ship lost power Thursday night in rough water off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, while sailing from Washington state to Russia.

There were immediate concerns it could drift ashore, break apart and spill hundreds of tonnes of bunker and diesel fuel, creating an environmental disaster.

Sub Lt. Melissa Kia, at the Canadian Forces’ joint rescue co-ordination centre in Victoria, said the Simushir was being towed due West away from shore at about one nautical mile per hour, in three- to five-metre seas.

Kia said the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the American Coast Guard cutter Spar were due to arrive on scene, along with the ocean-going tug Barbara Foss, later Saturday morning to provide any additional assistance that might be needed.

She said all three vessels had towing capability, but was uncertain whether they would attempt to secure tethers to the stricken cargo ship.

Reporters were told during a Friday conference call that the ship’s captain had been evacuated to Sandspit, on the eastern side of Haida Gwaii, to receive medical care for an undetermined condition.

Kia said the 10 remaining crew members were working on restarting the ship’s engines, but there was no indication early Saturday morning whether they were making progress.

Haida Nation president Peter Lantin said the fact the Gordon Reid was able to tether to Simushir was encouraging.

“If the weather picks up it could compromise that, but as of right now there is a little sense of relief that we might have averted catastrophe here,” said Latin.

He added, however, that the Haida were still preparing for a worst-case scenario should the tow line break.

The Haida Nation set up an emergency command centre in Old Massett, on the northern tip of Haida Gwaii, in case the vessel runs aground.

Lantin said an oil spill along the coast of Haida Gwaii would be a disaster.

“This is home for us. If this thing runs aground and hits in one of the most culturally sensitive areas of Haida Gwaii, it’s going to have catastrophic effects,” he said.

Roger Girouard, the coast guard’s assistant West Coast commissioner, said the Russian ship is carrying mining equipment and unnamed solvents, as well as hundreds of tonnes of fuel.

Girouard said Friday that environmental-response assets from government agencies and private industry were being deployed to the area as a precautionary measure.

Numerous federal and provincial agencies were involved in co-ordinating a response, including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Transport Canada and B.C.’s Environment Ministry. Western Canada Marine Response Corp., which is contracted by the federal government to respond to oil spills, said it too had been notified and its crews were on standby.

The potential for marine disasters along B.C.’s coast has become a particularly sensitive subject in recent years amid the debate over the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. The project, if approved, would include a terminal in Kitimat, B.C., and would see tankers carrying heavy crude from Alberta traversing B.C.’s northern coast.

Lantin, whose community has staunchly opposed the Northern Gateway pipeline, said a spill in Haida Gwaii would only strengthen that opposition.

“I think regardless of what happens this is a good training exercise and an eye opener,” he said. “You know it really shows us how little we’re prepared ... and how much work we have to do to prepare, you know, if it happens again or when it happens again.”

The Simushir is registered in Kholmsk, Russia, and owned by Russian shipping firm SASCO, also known as Sakhalin Shipping Company, according to the company’s website.

The SASCO website says the ship was built in the Netherlands in 1998.

With files from Vivian Luk, James Keller and Keven Drews in Vancouver and Dirk Meissner in Victoria