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Draisaitl scores two goals, reaches 100 points as Oilers down Senators 6-3


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Ottawa Senators’ Jakob Chychrun (6) and Alex DeBrincat (12) try to stop Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Tuesday March 14, 2023.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

By Shane Jones in Edmonton

Leon Draisaitl scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers moved into third place in the Pacific Division with a 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.

Derek Ryan, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid and Nick Bjugstad also scored for the Oilers (37-23-8), who have won five of their last seven games.

Tim Stutzle scored twice and Brady Tkachuk also replied for the Senators (33-30-4), whose playoff hopes are slipping with losses in three straight and four of their last five.

Edmonton scored on the first shot of the game 2:20 into the opening period, as Ryan ripped a shot high to the glove-side past Ottawa goalie Mads Sogaard for his 12th of the season.

The Senators responded with a power-play goal four minutes later as Tkachuk banked a shot off of the skate of defender Vincent Desharnais and past Oilers starter Stuart Skinner. It was Tkachuk’s 27th of the season and the first power play goal recorded by the Sens this month.

The Oilers moved back in front 12:34 into the first period as Nugent-Hopkins stole a puck in the Ottawa zone, leading to a Draisaitl shot which trickled past Sogaard and in for his 43rd.

Ottawa tied it up once again with just 1:07 to play in the first on a two-on-one shorthanded break which saw a perfect feed from Dylan Gambrell that allowed Stutzle to score into a wide-open net.

Edmonton made it 3-2 on the power play five minutes into the second period after the puck popped loose during a scramble in front to Nugent-Hopkins, who whacked in his career-high 31st.

With four minutes to play in the second period, McDavid found Draisaitl in the slot and he blasted in his second of the game for his 100th point on the season, the fourth time in his career that he has hit the milestone.

The Oilers got a backbreaker with just 0.4 seconds to play in the second period, as Mattias Ekholm sifted a pass up through traffic to Bjugstad who scored his 15th of the season and first as an Oiler, lifting a backhand past Sogaard.

Ottawa cut the lead to two 5:28 into the third as Drake Batherson muscled a one-handed pass to Stutzle in front and he scored his second of the game and 34th of the season.

After a couple of strong saves in the late-running by Skinner, McDavid added an empty net for his league-leading 56th goal and 38th multi-point game.


Both teams return to the ice on Thursday.

The Oilers will play host to the Dallas Stars, while the Senators return home to start a two-game homestand against the Colorado Avalanche.


The Oilers power play led the NHL at 31.6 per cent entering the game. Tampa Bay was second at 25.6 per cent. … Oilers forward Zach Hyman was a surprise scratch with an undisclosed injury. Ryan Murray (back) was also out for Edmonton. … Ottawa lost defender Thomas Chabot and forward Mathieu Joseph to injury in a loss Sunday at Calgary. The Senators were also missing Cam Talbot (lower body), Anton Forsberg (knee), Josh Norris (shoulder) and Parker Kelly (undisclosed) … Draisaitl recorded his 297th career goal, passing Ryan Smyth for fifth-most in franchise history… Draisaitl and McDavid are the first teammates to record 100 points in consecutive seasons since Mario Lemieux and Kevin Stevens in 1991-92 and 1992-93.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 14, 2023.

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‘Always remember’: Funeral held for 2 Edmonton police officers killed on duty

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A sheriff salutes during a procession for Edmonton Police Service Const. Travis Jordan and Const. Brett Ryan in Edmonton on Monday, March 27, 2023. The officers were killed in the line of duty on March 16, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

By Ritika Dubey and Angela Amato in Edmonton

Two police officers killed in the line of duty were honoured Monday at a regimental funeral with tears and tales of off-key crooning, birdies and beers, laughs and contagious joy.

Thousands of officers gathered with family members to say a formal goodbye to Edmonton police Const. Travis Jordan, 35, and Const. Brett Ryan, 30, at Rogers Place arena, the home area of the Edmonton Oilers.

“I’ll remember his smile, his wheezy laugh — we’ve been told we laugh the exact same way. I will always remember how excited he was when Brett found out he was going to be a dad, and I know that is one memory I will never lose,” Ryan’s pregnant widow, Ashley, said in her eulogy.

“You will live on in baby Ryan and they will know every last detail about how special you were to so many people and, most importantly, to me. I love you forever. I’ll miss you always.”

Jordan’s widow, Annie, stood silently beside police chaplain Roy Langer as he read her parting words.

“We didn’t have one hard day in 11 years,” she said through Langer.

“The world was really ours. We had already started leaving our mark in some many different places.”

The officers were shot at multiple times while responding to a family dispute on March 16. Police said the shooter, 16, then shot and wounded his mother during a struggle for the gun, before shooting and killing himself.

Jordan was remembered by colleagues as a valued officer of almost nine years, working to join the tactical squad. He came to Edmonton from Nova Scotia so he could realize his childhood dream of becoming an officer.

Sgt. Perry Getzinger and Sgt. Chris Gallahger remembered Jordan, or T.J., as a “great dog dad” to canines Teddy and B.J.

They recalled an excellent, ultracompetitive golfer who will live on in happy memories of lost balls and fairway trash talk from their “Birdies and Beers” golf trip.

Brodie Sampson, a childhood friend, said people who knew Jordan “were able to experience (his) kindness, contagious joy and unparalleled positivity even in the face of hardships.”

“(It) gets us through these hard times now,” he added.

Ryan, born in Edmonton, had more than five years’ service with the force after working as a paramedic.

Ashley Ryan recalled life with the man with “a crooked little grin,” who got up in the morning to have coffee and read the news in his fuzzy slippers, “because he was such an old man at heart.”

Her husband, she said, loved skydiving, baseball and their dogs, even the one who chewed up their couch.

Garett Ryan said his older brother loved trips to Las Vegas and Mexico, eating donairs and Baconator burgers. He remembered driving around with his brother, windows down belting out Kenny Chesney country music songs.

“I often called him my big little brother because that’s how much I looked up to him.”

The caskets were brought to Rogers Place in two hearses that inched their way through the downtown from the legislature under bright sun amid chill winds. They were followed by officers from across the country.

They marched eight abreast, arms swinging amid the pipes and drums of interspersed marching bands while onlookers lined the streets. Some held up placards with painted blue hearts, others placed their right hands over their hearts.

“We’re here to support all of the first responders but in particular our son, who is a police officer with Calgary Police Services,” said Jim Funk, who attended the procession with wife, Chris.

“We feel so sad, especially for the families of the two officers, but that extends out to the whole first responder family nationwide.”

Said Chris Funk: “It’s probably the worst nightmare families can experience.”

Two caskets, each draped in a Canadian flag, were carried into the arena on the shoulders of Edmonton police pallbearers.

The service was not open to the public but was livestreamed and broadcast outdoors at the Ice Plaza next to Rogers Place.

Dozens shivered in the cold to watch, including 15-year-old Charlie Dennis, whose father is an Edmonton officer.

“It’s nice to know that there are people around that would care and would show up,” she said.

Police continue to investigate the circumstances of the shooting and have said the same gun was used days earlier at a nearby Pizza Hut, leaving a man injured.

Police had also been called to the teen shooter’s home in November, apprehending him under the Mental Health Act before taking him to hospital for an assessment.

The day of the shooting, the boy’s mother called saying she was having trouble with her son. Police said there was no indication he had a gun or that the officers were walking into a high-risk or dangerous situation.

There have been 10 officers killed in the line of duty in Edmonton.

The most recent previous death was of Const. Daniel Woodall, who was shot in 2015 trying to enter the house of a suspect wanted for criminal harassment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 27, 2023.

— With files from Dean Bennett

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Japan to resume imports of Canadian processed beef, 20 years after mad cow disease

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OTTAWA — Japan is lifting the last of its restrictions against Canadian beef, 20 years after BSE, often called mad cow disease, devastated this country’s cattle industry. 

The federal government says Japan is reopening its doors to processed beef and beef patties from Canada.

The move puts an end to the market access barriers Japan put in place in 2003, after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, was discovered in Alberta.

While Japan initially shut its border to all Canadian beef, it has been lifting restrictions in stages over the years, most recently with its 2019 decision to begin accepting Canadian beef from cattle older than 30 months of age.

The federal government says Japan is now Canada’s second-largest market for beef, with exports worth $518 million in 2022.

Around 40 countries closed their borders to Canadian beef during the height of the 2003 BSE crisis, resulting in billions of dollars in losses for the industry.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 27, 2023.

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