Quinn Hughes sets scoring record as Vancouver Canucks defeat Seattle Kraken 5-2

VANCOUVER — The Canucks persevered to a 5-2 win over the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday, but the win wasn’t enough to keep Vancouver’s dim playoff hopes alive.

Quinn Hughes had a goal and two assists and set a franchise record for points by a Canucks defenseman. Oliver Ekman-Larsson added one of each, Sheldon Dries, JT Miller and Luke Schenn scored and Conor Garland contributed three assists.

Jordan Eberle and Connor Geekie answered for the Kraken (26-47-6) in a second half full of penalties.

Vancouver (39-30-11) was playing without All-Star goalie Thatcher Demko, who coach Bruce Boudreau said had a “little ouch.” Spencer Martin took over the net for the Canucks and stopped 31 of 33 shots for his second NHL win.

Joey Daccord had 22 saves for Seattle, which lost its third straight game.

Despite the win, the Canucks were officially eliminated from playoff contention as the Dallas Stars moved closer to a postseason spot with a 3–2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.

It is the second year in a row that Vancouver has missed the playoffs.

Hughes capped off his historic night with a goal at 15:59 of the third.

The defender and Garland escaped the defensive zone in a two-on-one, and Garland cut a pass through the slot to Hughes, who scored his eighth goal of the season and his 66th point.

A lucky rebound helped the Canucks score their fourth goal of the night.

Vancouver Canucks' Sheldon Dries, center, celebrates his goal against Seattle Kraken goaltender Joey Daccord, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

Daccord stopped a tight shot from Matthew Highmore, but saw the puck ricochet off his stick and over his head, landing in the area behind him. Schenn brought him down over the goal line 1:08 pm in the third to make it 4-2.

Vancouver took a 3-0 lead at the first intermission but struggled to protect the lead. The home team was outshot 26-14 in the second and third periods.

Penalties disrupted the Canucks’ game in the second. Vancouver was penalized for five separate infractions in the frame and had to endure three minutes and 42 seconds of five-on-three play.

The Kraken cut the deficit to a single goal 9:12 into the second. Riley Sheahan pucked Geekie from the flanks and the forward hit a shot over Martin’s glove to make it 3-2.

Seattle got on the board with a power play count 4:59 into the period after Brad Richardson was called for tripping.

Eberle sent a shot into the top corner from close range for his 20th goal in a Kraken jersey.

Vancouver went 1-for-3 with the man advantage on Tuesday and Seattle went 1-for-8.

Ekman-Larsson gave the Canucks a 3-0 lead with a power play goal midway through the first after Carson Soucy was called up for a cross-check.

Using a screen in front of the net, the Vancouver defender fired a shot just inside the blue line to score his fifth goal of the season at 15:05 into the game.

Vancouver outplayed the visitors hard in the first, with Kraken going the first 11 minutes without a shot on goal despite a two-minute power play.

The Canucks won 2-0 just 3:34 into the first when Garland slipped Miller a back pass and the energetic forward unleashed a shot from the high slot, sending the puck past Daccord’s glove.

Hughes got a secondary assist on the play, his 64th point of the season. The tally sets a new single-season scoring record for a Canucks defenseman, surpassing the mark set by Doug Lidster in 1986-87.

Hughes set a franchise record for assists by a defenseman on Saturday when he scored his 56th of the season in Vancouver’s 6-3 loss to Calgary.

Dries opened the scoring at 2:46 of Tuesday’s game with a shot from inside the faceoff circle on an odd man run.

The Kraken will host the LA Kings on Wednesday. The Kings will then head north to take on the Canucks in Vancouver on Thursday.

NOTE: Seattle defenseman Vince Dunn missed the game and is listed as part of the day-to-day with an upper-body injury. … Kraken right wing Daniel Sprong played in his 200th NHL regular season game. … The Canucks, playing their first game in Vancouver since Guy Lafleur’s death on Friday, played a video tribute to the hockey legend during O’Canada’s signing.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 26, 2022.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said that the Dallas Stars had clinched a playoff spot.

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