Desperately needing to shoot down the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, the Vancouver Canucks wound up shooting themselves in the foot.
Vancouver outshot Anaheim 41-18 overall, but Alex Auld allowed three goals on seven shots in the first period as the hometown Canucks lost 4-2 before a capacity crowd of 18,630 at General Motors Place on Monday
On the good side though, Vancouver did where their slick blue and green throwback jerseys.
Kings: Robitaille to retire at end of season
Luc Robitaille, the highest scoring left wing in NHL history, will retire at the end of the season, the Los Angeles Kings said Monday. The 40-year-old Robitaille, the Kings’ career leader in goals, will hold a news conference Tuesday to discuss his decision.
When the San Jose Sharks needed a lift, Jonathan Cheechoo and Joe Thornton provided it. Twice.
Cheechoo scored his 50th and 51st goals of the season 44 seconds apart, with Thornton assisting on both, to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.
Stars captain Mike Modano said he will put his sore left knee through one final test Tuesday morning and then will probably play against the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night.
“I expect to play, but we have to make sure,” Modano said. “So right now, I’m officially probable.”
Barry Melrose says coach Barry Trotz is going to have to give his best Dr. Phil impersonation to get the Preds back on track.