NHL: Canucks dump Kraken after playoff hopes end

Quinn Hughes had a goal and two assists and Conor Garland added three assists as the Vancouver Canucks defeated visiting Seattle 5-2 Tuesday night, sweeping the four-game season series from the expansion Kraken.

The Canucks (39-30-11, 89 points) built a 3-0 lead in the first period while still in the NHL’s Western Conference wild-card race, but they were eliminated midway through the game when the Vegas-Dallas contest went to overtime, putting the Stars out of Vancouver’s reach.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a goal and an assist and Sheldon Dries, J.T. Miller and Luke Schenn also scored for the Canucks, who snapped a three-game losing streak (0-2-1). Spencer Martin made 30 saves for his second career victory.

Jordan Eberle and Morgan Geekie scored for Seattle (26-47-6, 58 points), which lost its third game in a row. Joey Daccord stopped 22 of 27 shots.

Dries opened the scoring 2:46 into the game on a three-on-one rush, keeping the puck and beating Daccord with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle.

The Canucks made it 2-0 just 48 seconds later as Miller buried a one-timer from between the top of the faceoff circles after taking a drop pass from Garland.

Ekman-Larsson extended the lead to 3-0 on the power play at 15:05 of the first, with a snap shot from near the blue line making its way through a screen and into the upper left corner of the net.

The Canucks killed off one five-on-three situation early in the second period, but Seattle finally got on the board at the end of another two-man advantage.

Rookie Matty Beniers took a pass from Jared McCann just outside the top of the crease, and he whipped a backhanded pass to a wide-open Eberle at the left post for a tap-in at 4:59.

The Kraken pulled within 3-2 at 9:12 of the second. They dumped the puck into the offensive zone, and Riley Sheahan won a race into the corner to gain possession and fed Geekie out front for a one-timer into the upper right corner of the net.

Schenn made it 4-2 at 13:10 of the third, tapping a rebound of Matthew Highmore’s shot into the net.

Hughes capped the scoring at 15:59 off a pass from Garland on a two-on-one rush.

–Field Level Media

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