VANCOUVER – Quinn Hughes didn’t get what he wanted Tuesday night, but still got something he deserved.
The 22-year-old defenceman smashed a franchise scoring record that had stood for 35 years, but his accomplishment in the Vancouver Canucks’ 5-2 win against the Seattle Kraken was hollowed by the elimination of his team from the playoff race when the Dallas Stars beat the Vegas Golden Knights in a Texas shootout hours earlier.
With two games remaining in their National Hockey League season, the Canucks are six points behind the Stars and won’t be able to catch them for the final wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Years from now, Hughes will appreciate eclipsing Doug Lidster’s record of 63 points in a single season for the Canucks. Then again, maybe he won’t, because coach Bruce Boudreau said last weekend that Hughes will break the record another five times before he’s finished playing.
But on Tuesday, mostly what he felt was disappointment, despite a three-point game that lifted him to 66 points, with games remaining Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings and Friday against the Edmonton Oilers.
“I’m definitely humbled right now,” Hughes said of the record after the Canucks failed for the sixth time in seven seasons to qualify for the Stanley Cup tournament, despite going 31-15-9 since Boudreau took over the team on Dec. 5 “In my crazy mind, I have more goals that I want to do and I’ve…