Friday , December 3 2021

Boeser leads Canucks to victory over slumping flyers



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VANCOUVER – Brock Boeser chopped a goal and a help Saturday night that led his Vancouver Canucks to a 5-1 win over the random Philadelphia Flyers.

Chris Tanev, Loui Eriksson, Josh Leivo and Markus Granlund also did for Vancouver (15-16-4), and Troy Stecher added a few helpers.

Scott Laughton responded to Philly (12-15-4).

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Flyer goalkeeper Anthony Stolarz stopped two out of four shots before being pulled halfway through the first period and led to the dressing room with lower body injury.

Backup Alex Lyon scored 17 and Jacob Markstrom turned 31-of-32 for Canucks.

The loss was the second for two nights for Flyers, capping a five-match trip that saw the squad take just three points.

Vancouver opened the score 4:13 into the match, with Tanev knocking a backhand shot past Stolarz.

It was the year's first goal for veteran Canucks defenseman.

Eriksson followed up less than four minutes later, gathered the puck in the slot and hammered it past Flyer's netmines.

Philadelphia switched Stolarz to Lyon after Eriksson's goal, just over eight minutes into the first period.

Stolarz was also on duty in Edmonton on Friday night when his team lost 4-1 to Oilers.

The flyers have driven through five goaltenders this season. Their No. 1, Brian Elliott, is weekly in the week after suffering a lower body injury during a game against New Jersey Devils last month.

On Saturday, Leivo was next to the puck in the Philadelphia network. His shot from the net was deflected by the shooter by Flyer defender Andrew MacDonald and in front of Lyon.

Boeser was credited with a helper on the target.

Laughton put Flyers on the board to close the frame, snatching the puck in front of Canuck's blue line, blowing over Vancouver defender Derrick Pouliot and shooting a wrist shot past Markstrom.

Canucksna added another goal halfway through the second period. High in Philly's end, Boeser took a rocket of a wrist shot and somehow found a gap between Lyon's leg.

The 21-year-old has seven goals and two are helping in their last eight games.

Rookie Elias Pettersson registered an assistance on the game and extended his score to six games. He has three goals and nine helps the stretch.

Vancouver Tyler Motte came close to adding a more goal late in the third period when he and Stecher took off a Flyer power play, but Lyon shot up the backhanded shot.

He was drawn seconds later, with more than five minutes remaining in the game.

Granlund did on the empty network.

Saturday night kicked up a five-match homestead for Canucks. They return to action on Sunday, hosting Edmonton Oilers.

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