Virtanen scores twice, Canucks end Maple Leafs four-game win streak


VANCOUVER — Jake Virtanen scored two goals and Thatcher Demko made 32 saves for the Vancouver Canucks in a 3-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Rogers Arena on Thursday.

Bo Horvat also scored for the Canucks (10-15-2), who have won two of their past three games.

Michael Hutchinson made 24 saves for the Maple Leafs (18-5-2), who had won four in a row and lost in regulation for the third time in 20 games (15-3-2).

Vancouver was missing center Elias Pettersson, who was a late scratch with an undisclosed injury. Pettersson has scored 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 26 games.

Virtanen gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead at 2:59 of the first period with his first goal and point in 18 games. He skated around defenseman Justin Holl off the rush for a shot in tight that bounced off and over Hutchinson before being knocked in by Holl as he tried to clear the puck.

Pierre Engvall tied it 1-1 at 17:15 of the first period on a rush shot over Demko’s glove from the left hash mark.

Virtanen made it 2-1 on the Canucks’ only power play at 11:29 of the second period with a wrist shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle.

Horvat scored at 7:56 of the third period with a quick release shot from the slot over Hutchinson’s blocker for the 3-1 final.

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