Speedy right wing Jannik Hansen of the Vancouver Canucks has played on the top line with the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel, for the last 22 NHL games and has nine goals in that span.
Playing alongside Sedins helps Canucks’ Hansen score more
Jannik Hansen of the Vancouver Canucks can’t wait to get on the ice these days.
The speedy right wing has played on the top line with the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel, for the last 22 games and has nine goals in that span — including both scores in Vancouver’s 2-1 overtime victory over Edmonton on Saturday night.
Between his goals against the Oilers, Hansen smacked his forehead on the crossbar with slightly more than a minute left in regulation, resulting in a large bump and some stitches.
“It wasn’t too many. That’s why they could get it done so quick,” Hansen said. “I was hoping they would do it quick. It’s a fortunate spot. It’s not a spot that was erupting in any way and they were quick on the freezing, too. It took them not even five minutes.”
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Hansen wanted the medical staff to hurry.
“I was pushing them a little bit,” he said. “I knew I was going to get my chance in OT.”
The 29-year-old Hansen, who hasn’t surpassed 16 goals in a season, has 12 this season.
“The chances have always been there for me; that has never been the issue,” he told The Vancouver Sun on Sunday. “It’s been the finishing. I tend to get a lot of breakaways. I do have the chances, but haven’t been able to finish on as many as I’ve wanted in the past.”
Denmark native Hansen added, “Pucks are going in a little more regularly this year.”
Linemate Daniel Sedin told the Sun: “When Jannik’s at his best, he’s really good. And this year, he’s been at his best for a lot of games. Maybe in the past, he was up and down. I think that’s maturity and just realizing, too, that we need him to be at his best every game.”
Buffalo forward Kane is subject of sex-offense investigation
Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane is the subject of a sex-offense investigation by Buffalo police, team officials confirmed in a statement.
“We take the allegation made today against Evander Kane very seriously,” the Sabres said in the statement. “We are gathering facts and have been in touch with the NHL and Evander’s representatives.”
The Buffalo News, citing unidentified police sources, said the 24-year-old Kane is being investigated for an alleged incident Sunday morning in a downtown hotel room. The newspaper said Kane hasn’t been charged, and police officials would confirm only that there is an ongoing investigation.
Jokanovic is hired by Fulham
English team Fulham appointed former Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic as manager, 49 days after firing Kit Symons.
Jokanovic led Watford to promotion to the English Premier League last season but talks on a new contract collapsed and the 47-year-old Serb left to become boss at Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel.
He apologized to Maccabi fans for departing, saying the Fulham position was “a very important job” and he hoped “to be there a very long time.”
If so, it will be a change to the pattern under owner Shad Khan, who also owns the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars.
Since buying Fulham in July 2013, Khan has gone through several managers: Martin Jol, Rene Meulensteen, Felix Magath and Symons.
Former Reds pitcher O’Toole dies
Jim O’Toole, a left-handed pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1958 to 1966, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. He was 78.
O’Toole was the National League’s starter in the 1963 All-Star Game, calling it one of his proudest career moments.
O’Toole debuted at age 21 for the Reds late in the 1958 season and was 98-84 over 10 seasons, finishing with the Chicago White Sox in 1967. He was 19-9 in 1961 and twice won 17 games.
Ex-Braves coach Dews dies
Bobby Dews, a former Atlanta coach who spent the final 37 of his 53 years in baseball with the Braves’ organization, died Saturday. He was 76.
Bullpen coach and minor-league manager were among Dews’ jobs before he retired in 2012.
“A true Brave who gave his heart and soul to our organization to help create, develop and lead one of the most productive minor-league systems ever,” Braves President John Schuerholz said,”
• The parents of a 16-year-old New York City boy who died after collapsing during high-school football practice last year have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit.
Miles Kirkland’s parents allege in court papers filed this month the city, education officials and emergency workers failed to provide him adequate care. They claim a defibrillator wasn’t readily available after their 6-foot-2, 295-pound son fainted during practice at Curtis High on Staten Island.
A city Law Department spokesman told the Staten Island Advance officials will review the suit.
The medical examiner ruled Kirkland died of a heart muscle condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
• Germany’s top downhill racer, Josef Ferstl, is out for the season with a knee injury.The country’s skiing federation reported Ferstl tore knee ligaments in a crash during training in Santa Caterina di Valfurva, Italy.