It came on the first shot Vancouver had generated in four power-play chances. Up until that point, Calgary had done an excellent job stifling the Canucks’ ninth-ranked power play.
Calgary tied it when Garnet Hathaway’s alert pass found Tkachuk in the slot and the 19-year-old sent a backhander into the top corner.
Tkachuk was back after serving a one-game suspension for a spearing incident in Wednesday’s game against Toronto.
Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella is putting pressure on his veterans to step up their games.
“I’m not looking to hate players,” he said. “I’m looking to run a team and try to get the players to be the best they can be. Quite honestly, this is my responsibility, and I think I have failed a little bit in this part, where I have so many of our top guys not playing that well.”
The Saints running back joined Gale Sayers and Charley Johnson as the only rookies in NFL history with at least 500 yards from scrimmage, at least three rushing touchdowns and at least three receiving touchdowns in a calendar month.
Kamara, a third-round pick from Tennessee in April’s NFL Draft, has emerged as the front-runner for NFL Rookie of the Year. He has 546 rushing yards and 548 receiving yards on 54 receptions with nine total fumbles. Kamara is coming off his best game of the season with 188 yards from scrimmage and two scores in last week’s 26-20 loss to the Rams.
The Redskins reportedly are planning to wear their all-burgundy uniforms Thursday. Washington hates its all-yellow Color Rush uniforms so much that, in the offseason, the team proposed a rule that would allow NFL teams to opt out of wearing Color Rush uniforms on “Thursday Night Football,” a proposal that was later withdrawn. There is no controversy with the Cowboys’ uniforms, however, as Dallas will wear its all-white Color Rush uniforms.