NHL The Canucks have the upper hand over the Maple

NHL: The Canucks have the upper hand over the Maple Leafs

At the end of a lively game, the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 at Rogers Arena on Saturday.

The home favorites seemed to be heading for an easy win and took a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes thanks to Nils Hoglander (twice) and Conor Garland. However, the Maple Leafs started the uprising in the second half.

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Thanks to two goals from William Nylander, including his 200th of his career, and another from Jake McCabe, the Queen City team actually moved the two teams back into first place. At the beginning of the third period, Mitch Marner had his team equalize at 4:4, but in the end the Canucks had the last word.

The club's big guns arrived at the right time: JT Miller scored the winning goal on the power play, while Elias Pettersson added more a few minutes later, still at five-on-four.

Toronto has had just one win (7-3 against the New York Rangers) against teams with a playoff spot since Dec. 12. With this victory, the club from British Columbia regained the top spot in the National Hockey League standings.

Sheldon Keefe's men will finish their four-game road trip against the Seattle Kraken on Sunday. The Canucks will be back in action on Monday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Stars are too strong for the Devils

Before the Dallas Stars became the first team to face Patrick Roy's New York Islanders on Sunday, they faced the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.

Things went very well for Peter DeBoer's team, they won 6-2. Roope Hintz scored two goals in the win, while Craig Smith, Wyatt Johnson, Matt Duchene and Joe Pavelski also scored.

Thanks to goals from Tyler Toffoli and Jesper Bratt, the Devils saved their honor at the end of the game.

In the win, 12 Stars players collected at least one point. The Texas team sits third in the Central Section with a total of 59 points in 45 games. New Jersey, meanwhile, is two points out of a playoff spot.