Vancouver Canucks left wing Tanner Pearson (70) checks Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) during the second period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Wednesday September 25, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Tkachuk’s 4 points lift Sens to 6-2 win over Canucks

Gaudette shines in losing effort for Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Brady Tkachuk had two goals and two assists and Craig Anderson stopped 44-of-46 shots, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 6-2 pre-season win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.

Connor Brown, Filip Chlapik, Thomas Chabot and Artem Anisimov also scored for the Sens, while Mark Borowiecki tallied a pair of assists.

Vancouver got a goal and an assist each from Adam Gaudette and Sven Baertschi. Thatcher Demko had 23 saves for the Canucks.

The Ottawa victory follows a high-scoring tilt between the two teams on Monday, when the Canucks won 6-4.

While Vancouver’s power play was potent Monday, scoring on four-of-seven chances, the Canucks couldn’t bury the puck when they had the man advantage on Wednesday despite having four opportunities.

The Canucks opened the scoring 3:11 into the game after Baertschi was hit with the puck deep in Ottawa territory.

The left-winger took advantage of the Sens misplay, dishing the puck off to Gaudette who fired a one-timer and beat Anderson glove side.

The 22-year-old centre now has four goals and an assist in exhibition play this year.

The pair teamed up again before the end of the first period.

Gaudette streaked into the Sens zone and left a nifty drop pass for his teammate. Baertschi picked it up and sent a laser flying past Anderson from the top of the face-off circle.

Less than a minute later, Ottawa got on the board when Brown sent a snapshot through traffic past Demko.

Tkachuk put away the equalizer early in the second frame, tapping a long shot from Cody Goloubef in backdoor.

The Sens pulled ahead before the end of the period after Demko came out to the left of the crease to make a stop on Borowiecki. But instead of shooting, the Ottawa defenceman sent the puck over to Chlapik down low and he backhanded a shot in behind a diving Demko.

READ MORE: Pettersson has 4 points as Canucks dump Ottawa 6-4

A roughing penalty charged to Vancouver’s Jay Beagle gave Ottawa its first power play of the night early in the third and the Sens were quick to capitalize.

After some crisp passing off the faceoff, Chabot sent a long slap shot toward the Canucks net and beat Demko stick side.

Vancouver had yet another power-play opportunity midway through the third when Borowiecki was called for roughing after he hauled down Vancouver’s Tyler Graovac along the end boards.

Instead, rookie Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes lost the puck in his own zone, leading Anisimov to put away a short-handed goal.

Tkachuk added a power-play goal with less than three seconds left in the game to round out the scoring.

The Canucks will play their final exhibition game of the year on Thursday when they host the Arizona Coyotes. The Senators will finish their pre-season with a trip to visit the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

NOTES: Chris Tierney did not play for the Senators. Earlier on Wednesday, he spoke with media and apologized for a hit in Monday’s game that left Canucks right-winger Brock Boeser in concussion protocol. … Borowiecki and Vancouver’s Zack MacEwen threw punches midway through the first period after MacEwen flatted Goloubef along the boards. Both were handed majors for fighting.

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Just Posted

Downtown Victoria tea shop switches to plastic tea bags

Murchie’s Tea and Coffee says the transition is temporary

Indigenous artist challenges people to re-assess environments with new project

The ‘Indigenous Illuminations’ transforms the ordinary into something new

Dog memorial at Esquimalt Lagoon encourages living in the moment

Owner of Jazz the black lab sets up tennis ball memorial one year after dog’s death

Second puppy killed by poisonous mushrooms in Victoria

Springer spaniel puppy died after consuming mushrooms in Fairfield neighbourhood

Western Speedway racing legend ‘The Flying Plumber’ turns 98

Dave Cooper recalls car crashes, his first win, and more

WATCH: Greater Victoria’s top stories of the day

A round-up of the day’s top stories

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Frustration and pride in Canada after a year of legal pot

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

Two RCMP vehicles vandalized in Duncan over long weekend

Local Mounties asking for help in finding culprits

A year after pot legalization in Canada, it’s a slow roll

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

Most Read