NHL Scores: Canucks collapse, Blackhawks win wild one, and more

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Feb 23, 2021; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) scores a goal against Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) in the third period at Rogers Arena. Oilers won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Things are really not going well in Vancouver. After a promising 2019-20 season and impressive playoff run expectations were high this year. Last night, they blew a 3-0 lead and some serious decisions may be upcoming for this team at the trade deadline in April.

NHL Scores: Oilers rally past Canucks in third period.

On February 13th, Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini took to social media to dispel rumors and give his GM and coach support. He also wanted to give his team a show of confidence. Vancouver won that night but has gone 1-2-2 since.

The Oilers (13-8) overcame the Canucks (8-13-2) 3-0 first period lead with four unanswered goals, including three in the third for a 4-3 victory. Connor McDavid picked up his 13th goal in the contest, while Leon Draisaitl had three assists.

“I’m getting sick and tired of having leads and giving them back and playing well in periods in the game and then not playing a full 60 minutes,” Bo Horvat said after opening the scoring for Vancouver. “Again, we did it tonight and it came back to bite us.”

NHL Scores: Blackhawks win again as they take down the Blue Jackets

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Feb 25, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks (10-6-4) are becoming one of the more fun teams to watch this season. Last night they took out the Blue Jackets (8-7-5) in a wild 6-5 shootout victory.

Columbus fought hard and came back to tie the game on three different occasions. Both Patrik Laine (7,8) and OliverBjorkstrand (5,6) scored twice for the Jackets. For Chicago, Patrick Kane notched his 9th goal of the season and rookie Kevin Lankinen got his 8th win of the year.

“You’re up 5-3 you want to finish off the game,” Kane said after the win. “They just kept coming, had some chances and ended up tying it up. Nice to get two points but would’ve been nice to give them nothing.”

NHL Scores: Sabres pick up a win, Senators sweep the Canadiens

The Sabres (6-8-2) on the strength of Linus Ullmark’s goaltending took out the Devils (6-6-2) 4-1. Victor Olofsson scored his 7th of the year to get ball rolling for Buffalo.

In Ottawa, the Senators (6-14-1) won both games against the Canadiens (9-5-4), this time by a 5-4 shootout score. Brady Tkachuk lit the lamp twice (7,8) to power the Sens offense. Meanwhile the Habs have lost six of their last eight games (2-4-2).

“We’re staying positive here,” Phillip Danault said after the loss. “When you’re winning, everything is easy, the vibe is good, everything is positive. When you’re losing, you’ve got to get back to the way we were feeling in the beginning.”

In other action, Pekka Rinne picked up a 2-0 shutout for the Predators (8-10) over the Red Wings (5-13-3). The Penguins (10-6-1) also got back to their winning ways against the Capitals (9-5-4) with a 3-2 victory that saw Kasperi Kapanen score the OT decider.