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Canucks trounce Kings

VANCOUVER—Coach Travis Green says his Vancouver Canucks were in need of a victory as they headed into their home opener.

The squad had dropped their first two games of the season and with so many new faces in the room, a positive result could have a big impact, he said.

The Canucks (1-2-0) answered the call with a decisive 8-2 win over the L.A. Kings last night.

Canucks gut out 3-2 OT win over Leafs

VANCOUVER—Josh Leivo exacted some revenge against his former team last night.

Leivo was instrumental in the Canucks' rally as Vancouver earned a 3-2 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Vancouver was down 2-0 going into the third period but the 25-year-old left-winger put away a power-play goal midway through the frame to force extra time.

Roughriders take tight game over B.C. Lions

VANCOUVER—The B.C. Lions know they're facing an uphill slog in the second half of the season after dropping yet another close game.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-4) squeezed out a 24-21 win Saturday night, handing the Leos (3-6) their first home loss of the season.

Riders quarterback Zach Collaros threw for 215 yards, while B.C.'s Travis Lulay put up 231.

Smoke flavour hides in wine grapes

VANCOUVER—Smoky overtones can ruin a nice bottle of wine, but researchers in British Columbia are finding that preventing grapes from capturing the flavour of wildfires can be difficult.

Wine grapes absorb smoke compounds, surrounding them with sugar, explained Wesley Zandberg, an assistant chemistry professor at the University of British Columbia in Okanagan.