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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – On Monday, Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau earned his first victory as the team blanked the Los Angeles Kings 4-0.
The Canucks fired general manager Jim Benning, deputy manager Jim Weisbrod, head coach Travis Green, and assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner less than 24 hours before the game.
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Thatcher Demko of Vancouver made 30 saves for his first shutout of the season and his second of his career. For Vancouver, Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller each got a power-play goal and an assist, while Conor Garland and Juho Lammikko also scored.
The Kings defeated the Oilers 5-1 in Edmonton on Sunday, with Cal Petersen making 27 saves.
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The Canucks have struggled on special teams this season, but they went 2 for 4 on the power play on Monday and survived two penalties.
Midway through the third period, Lias Anderson of the Kings was penalized for high-sticking on Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and Miller took advantage of the man advantage. With approximately 7 minutes remaining, his shot from inside the faceoff circle deflected off the crossbar and into the goal, putting Vancouver up 4-0.
Lahmmikko scored the Canucks’ third goal of the game at 6:59 of the second period, intercepting an inaccurate Kings pass and shooting past Petersen stick-side for his first goal in a Vancouver jersey. In the previous five games, the 25-year-old left-winger had been a healthy scratch.
The Canucks took a 2-0 lead 5:43 into the third period. Vasily Podkolzin, a rookie, missed the net with a shot that ricocheted off the end boards. Before Petersen could get back in position, Garland grabbed the rebound behind the net and curled it into the open net.
After Los Angeles’ Mikey Anderson was penalised for tripping Bo Horvat, a power-play goal opened the scoring early in the second period. Tanner Pearson, who was stationed near the goal line, cut a pass to Boeser at the top of the faceoff circle. The right winger unleashed a snap shot that bounced in front of the net off the skate of Kings defenseman Drew Doughty.
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Boeser scored his fifth goal of the season and his first in 14 games.
Alex Edler returned to Vancouver on Monday for the first time since signing with the Kings in July. The 35-year-old spent 15 seasons with the Canucks, setting several team milestones, including the most games played by a defender (925), as well as the most goals (99), assists (310), and points (409) by a defenseman.
Early in the first period, the club honored Edler with a video tribute, and the veteran blue liner stepped over the boards to wave to the adoring fans.
NOTES: Boudreau has coached for the Capitals, Ducks, and Wild in the past, winning the Jack Adams Award as the league’s best coach in 2008 with Washington. Garland has a total of eight goals this season. Miller has nine points to lead the Canucks. Vancouver’s victory run versus L.A. now stands at six games.
On Wednesday, the Canucks will host the Boston Bruins.
On Thursday, the Kings will host Dallas.
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