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NHL Report: Back in Tampa, Brock Boeser scores game-winner for Canucks

Brock Boeser won an NCAA national championship in Tampa’s Amalie Arena. He had a goal and four points in the 2016 national title game.

In his first trip back after that, he used the same locker in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game. On Day 1 of the All-Star event, he won his Skills Competition -- the accuracy contest. On Day 2, he was named MVP of the NHL All-Star Game.

On his next trip to Amalie Arena a few weeks later, he scored a goal.

So, where else would Boeser score his first goal since suffering a season-ending back injury last March?

Boeser scored the game-winning goal for the Canucks in a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night in Amalie Arena.

With the game tied 1-1 late in the third period, Boeser intercepted an Alex Killorn pass and blasted a one-timer past Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to give the Canucks the lead.

Vancouver later added two empty-net goals to seal it.

The goal was Boeser’s first of the year.

Troy Stecher, who was a plus-3 in the 2016 NCAA title game in Vancouver, tallied an assist on Thursday night -- his first point of the year.

The Canucks are 2-2 through four games.

This will be their only trip to Tampa this season.

TOEWS, OSHIE GOAL STREAKS END

Former UND linemates Jonathan Toews and T.J. Oshie, who entered the night ranking 3-4 in the NHL in goals, were both held without a goal for the first time this season.

Toews had two assists in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Wild. He now has eight points in four games to start the season.

Oshie’s Capitals got blown out 6-0 by New Jersey.

DELL GETS ANOTHER START

Former UND goalie Aaron Dell’s excellent start Wednesday night against his former UND coach, Dave Hakstol, and the Philadelphia Flyers earned him a second-straight start.

Dell was in net Thursday night as the Sharks lost 3-2 in overtime to the New York Rangers. He stopped 21 of 24 shots.

It was only the second time in his three-year NHL career that he’s started games on back-to-back nights.

Dell also did that on Jan. 20-21 last season against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks. Dell won both of those starts.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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