Canucks score four in third, rally past Maple Leafs again


VANCOUVERTanner Pearson scored twice in the third period and Braden Holtby made 37 saves to help the Vancouver Canucks sweep a two-game set against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 6-3 win at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.

Brandon Sutter also scored twice and Quinn Hughes had a goal and two assists for the Canucks (18-18-3), who won their first two games back from an 18-day pause due to a COVID-19 outbreak that saw 22 players and four staff members test positive for the coronavirus. 

The Canucks won 3-2 in overtime on Sunday in their first game since March 24.

John Tavares scored twice for the Maple Leafs (28-13-5), who have lost five in a row (0-3-2) after going 9-0-1 in the previous 10.

Adam Brooks put Toronto ahead 3-2 with a shorthanded goal 3:10 into the third period but Nils Hoglander scored on a shot through the legs of David Rittich (23 saves) to tie it 3-3 at 6:43. 

Pearson scored on a power play off a rebound at 9:48 to put the Canucks ahead 4-3, and on a long shot under Rittich’s left pad at 13:36 to make it 5-3.

Sutter scored his second goal shorthanded into an empty net with 36 seconds left for the 6-3 final.

Toronto is in first place in the seven-team Scotia North Division, four points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets. Vancouver is sixth, eight points behind the fourth-place Montreal Canadiens with four games in hand. The top four teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Tavares put Toronto ahead 1-0 at 16:55 of the first period. 

Sutter tied it 1-1 on a rebound at 5:33 of the second period, and Hughes put the Canucks ahead 2-1 on a deflected shot at 10:08.

Tavares tied it 2-2 on a power play at 17:14, giving him nine points (four goals, five assists) on a six-game scoring streak.

Vancouver forward Antoine Roussel left after the first period with a lower body injury. 

Toronto defenseman Zach Bogosian left with an upper-body injury after falling awkwardly into the end boards at 9:08 of the second period. 

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