Published: 23:42 EST, 17 December 2017 | Updated: 01:27 EST, 18 December 2017
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – The Calgary Flames were happy with their overall game despite winning just twice in their last seven games. That faith in the system paid off with a big victory over a depleted opponent on Sunday.
Mark Giordano scored twice, Sam Bennett had a goal and three assists, and the Flames snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the injury-riddled Vancouver Canucks.
"We've been playing well lately," Giordano said. "Tonight we got the breaks."
Calgary Flames defenceman Mark Giordano (5) celebrates his goal with teammates Johnny Gaudreau (13) and Dougie Hamilton (27) during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Mark Jankowski had a goal and two assists, and Matthew Tkachuk and Micheal Ferland also scored for Calgary.
You like to see that, when lots of guys are getting on the board," Bennett said. "It's good for everyone's confidence."
Dougie Hamilton had two assists and backup goalie David Rittich made 16 saves to pick up his third win in four appearances as Calgary improved to 3-4-1 since a 7-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 2.
"I give these guys credit," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said after his team bounced back from a 2-0 loss at home to Nashville the previous day. "They've stuck with it."
Markus Granlund scored for Vancouver, which lost rookie star Brock Boeser to a foot injury early in the second period.
Jacob Markstrom allowed five goals on 19 shots in a forgettable outing before getting replaced by Anders Nilsson to start the third period. Nilsson made 18 saves in relief as the Canucks lost in regulation for the fifth time in six games while getting outscored 29-9.
"There were probably a couple tonight Marky would like to have back," Vancouver coach Travis Green said. "We also gave up some chances we shouldn't have."
The Flames opened the scoring at 5:45 of the first period when Bennett shook Jake Virtanen's check in the corner before feeding a pass in front to Jankowski, who beat Markstrom low to the far post for his sixth of the season.
Thomas Vanek had an opportunity with seven minutes left in the opening period for Vancouver, but he couldn't control a bouncing puck at the side of the net on a play that resulted in Rittich – making just his fifth NHL appearance – getting penalized for throwing his stick.
It was one of the few sequences where Rittich had to sweat in what was a relatively easy night for Czech goalie.
"Like skating practice for me, not a lot of shots because guys played really well and blocked a lot of shots," he said. "They played like they don't need a goalie so I just say, 'Thanks guys.'"
Coming off a spirited 4-3 overtime victory over San Jose on Friday night, the injury-riddle Canucks were never in this one.
Things went from bad to worse early in the second when Boeser, who leads the Canucks in both goals (17) and points (30), took a shot by Giordano off his skate and did not return. The NHL's rookie scoring leader crawled in agony to the bench, and didn't put any weight on his left leg as he exited to the locker-room at a hushed Rogers Arena.
Boeser was seen on crutches after the game, but the team didn't provide an update.
Vancouver is already without two of its top forwards in Bo Horvat (fractured foot) and Sven Baertschi (broken jaw), defensemen Christopher Tanev (groin strain) and Erik Gudbranson (upper body), and center Brandon Sutter (upper body).
"It's not a lot of fun right now," Canucks forward Daniel Sedin said. "We have a lot of young guys that are going to get more ice time."
Giordano scored his first of the night, and fifth of the year, at 3:56 of the second with the teams playing 4-on-4 when he skated around Ben Hutton and beat Markstrom.
The Flames, who improved to 9-4-3 on the road, then put the game out of reach during a four-minute span.
Tkachuk made it 3-0 with his seventh with 4:13 remaining in the second, Giordano got his second of the night exactly three minutes later, and Bennett got his fifth another minute later to make it 5-0.
Granlund broke Rittich's bid for his first career shutout at 6:48 of the third when he got his own rebound off the crossbar and scored his seventh, and third in two games, on a power play.
Ferland made it 6-1 on a Flames power play at 11:09 to snap an 0-for-23 drought.
"This is a stick-with-it league," said Gulutzan. "We had some guys step up. … We had lots of guys going, and we need to continue with that."
NOTES: Calgary won the season series 3-1-0. … Tkachuk had three goals and two assists in the Flames' four games against Vancouver in 2017-18, and nine points (three goals, six assists) in an eight-game point streak against the Canucks.
Flames: Host St. Louis on Wednesday night.
Canucks: Host Montreal on Tuesday night to close a four-game homestand.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) skates past as Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano (5) celebrates his goal with his teammates during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Calgary Flames defenceman Mark Giordano (5) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vancouver Canucks center Nic Dowd (17) pushes Calgary Flames defenseman Michael Stone (26) during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano (5) celebrates his goal past Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) skates past as Calgary Flames centre Mark Jankowski (77) celebrates his goal with his teammates during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vancouver Canucks right wing Jake Virtanen (18) crashes on top of Calgary Flames goalie David Rittich (33) during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Derrick Pouliot (5), defenseman Alex Biega (55) and defenseman Troy Stecher (51) help right wing Brock Boeser (6) off the ice after taking a hit during second period NHL hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) looks on as Calgary Flames right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) tries to get a shot past Vancouver Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson (31) during third period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton (27) defenseman Alexander Edler (23) centre Brendan Gaunce (50) and centre Markus Granlund (60) fight to keep a shot from Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan (23) from going into the net as Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom covers the puck during third period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) puts Calgary Flames centre Sam Bennett (93) into the boards during third period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) looks on as Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) pushes Canucks defenseman Alex Biega (55) during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Biega (55) looks on as Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) tries to get a shop past Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms
The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.
The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.
All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.
It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.
British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.
The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.
The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.
It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.
“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.
“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”
The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.
It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.
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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official
Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.
The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.
Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.
Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.
“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.
“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.
Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”
However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.
Australia’s tight restrictions
The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.
Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.
A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.
Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.
Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.
Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.
Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.
The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.
While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.
Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.
In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.
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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection
The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.
Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.
Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.
It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.
The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.
Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”
“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.
“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”
Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.
Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.
For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.
Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.
A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.
Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane
Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane
At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.
When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.
Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.
While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.
But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.
And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.
And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.
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