NHL Scores: Canucks win after owner’s public support, Islanders topple Bruins, and more

Francesco Aquilini had enough yesterday. On a long Twitter thread the Vancouver Canucks owner expressed his thoughts on the team. He dispelled a lot of talk from the media about major changes, and ended it with giving his GM and coach a huge vote of confidence.

Start of Aquilini thread on Twitter

NHL Scores: Canucks respond to owner’s support with a win

The Canucks (7-11) took that positive reinforcement and turned it into a 3-1 win against the Flames (7-6-1). Quinn Hughes scored a highlight reel beauty last night as Thatcher Demko led the way in net with 18 saves on 19 shots.

“We’re just trying to have fun as a group again,” Hughes said after the victory. “I think it’s been helping. We were making plays today, we’ve been making plays the last couple of games. You can see it.”

After the game, Aquilini shot out one more message that read, “Terrific team effort tonight! Now let’s get on a roll.”

Also in the North Division, the Senators (3-12-1) knocked off the Jets (8-5-1) 2-1 as Pierre-Luc Dubois has still yet to pick up a point. In Toronto, Carey Price (21 saves) stonewalled the high-powered Maple Leafs (11-3-1) for a 2-1 Canadiens (9-4-2) victory.

NHL Scores: Islanders end Bruins streak at 10 games

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Feb 13, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins with Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson (8) during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders (6-4-3) are starting to get going as they knocked off the Bruins (10-2-2) 4-2 on Long Island. Mathew Barzal picked up his 6th goal of the year on the power play which was the game winner.

“I liked our response. I mean, that tells you a lot about the group,” Barry Trotz commented about his team. “You look at the stretch of the four or five games where something would go a little bit wrong for us and we let it linger. I like the fact that we just get back in the saddle.”

In other action the Golden Knights (9-2-1) spoiled the Sharks (5-7-1) first official home game 3-1. The Lightning (10-2-1) get back in W column despite missing key players like Steven Stamkos by beating the Panthers (8-2-2) 6-1.

Here’s the remaining results:

  • Blackhawks (7-5-4) edge Blue Jackets (7-5-4) 3-2 in OT
  • Red Wings (4-10-2) defeat the Predators (6-9) 4-2
  • Hurricanes (9-3) beat the Stars (5-3-4) in a shootout 4-3
  • Blues (9-4-2) nip the Coyotes (6-6-2) 5-4 in OT

NHL Trade Alert

Ryan Dzingel is traded back to Ottawa. Read more here.