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VANCOUVER – SPORTS – 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.

“It was one of our better games of the year,” coach Travis Green said. “That’s a really good hockey team over there and it’s nice to get a win. I love how our team responded.”

Overtime Win for Winnipeg

MONTREAL – SPORTS – Pierre-Luc Dubois scored with 31 seconds left in overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday.

Linemates Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor set up Dubois, who scored on a wrist shot over Jake Allen’s left shoulder after Montreal tied it with 1:24 remaining in the third period.

“It started with a nice play by Nik Ehlers to slow the play down a bit, which created some confusion,” Dubois said. “And it’s easy to miss what Kyle Connor did in going to the net, which opened things up for me up top.”

CALGARY – SPORTS – The Calgary Flames defeated the Ottawa Senators 7-3 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday and then fired coach Geoff Ward.

Darryl Sutter was hired as Ward’s replacement.

Dillon Dube scored his first NHL hat trick, and Sean Monahan and Derek Ryan each had a goal and an assist for the Flames (11-11-2), who are 3-5-1 in their past nine games. David Rittich made 29 saves.

“Feels good, but anything at this time with our division right now, I think winning is everything and that that makes it feel even better,” Dube said. “If you lost the game and get that, it doesn’t mean anything. To get the win with it feels really good.”