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Vancouver right wing Jack Skille celebrates after scoring his first goal of the season against Tampa Bay on Thursday.

CHRIS O'MEARA, Associated Press

It took Jack Skille 20 games to get his first goal with the Vancouver Canucks. Once he did last Thursday, he just kept going.

Skille, a Madison native and former University of Wisconsin men's hockey player, scored twice at Tampa Bay, then added another goal two days later at Florida.

After making the Canucks roster as a player invited to training camp on a tryout contract, the 10-year NHL veteran struggled to get on the score sheet.

Two of his three goals last week came on solo rushes up the right wing.

The first, on Thursday:

The third, on Saturday:

Here are some updates on former Badgers in pro hockey:

• Two former UW players are among the NHL's top five in plus-minus rating. Minnesota's Ryan Suter is fourth at plus-17 and Pittsburgh's Justin Schultz is fifth at plus-16.

• Defensemen Jake Gardiner of Toronto and Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers both have three-game point streaks intact. McDonagh, however, had to miss Tuesday's game because of the flu.

• Tucson forward Michael Mersch and Ontario defenseman Jamie McBain had big performances against each other last Friday in the AHL. Mersch had a pair of third-period goals, but McBain posted his third assist of the game on the overtime winner while Mersch was in the penalty box.

• Three former UW forwards were on the move: Joseph LaBate was sent down to the AHL's Utica Comets on Sunday; Tyler Barnes was sent down to the ECHL's Indy Fuel; and Brad Navin was signed by the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies on Tuesday.


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