Motte scores 2 as Canucks beat Rangers 4-1

Published 1:29 a.m. ET March 14, 2019 | Updated 2:30 a.m. ET March 14, 2019

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Tyler Motte’s teammates tried hard to help him get his first NHL hat trick. Instead he had to settle for his first career two-goal game.

Motte scored 11 seconds apart midway through the second period, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

“I was just happy to get two chances and I was just happy to get them in the back of the net,” Motte said.

The 24-year-old center has quietly contributed on offense this season, tallying a career-high nine goals and seven assists.

“My game is pretty simple — be competitive, be hard working, be physical, be responsible in the D-zone,” he said. “And obviously I’ve been able to chip in a little bit offensively over the year. That’s not the bread-and-butter of my game, but it’s nice to be able to do it, for sure.”

Brock Boeser and Jake Virtanen also scored for the Canucks, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 21 shots.

Pavel Buchnevich had a power-play goal for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist finished with 24 saves as he was denied his 450th win.

New York became the first team this season…

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