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Vancouver score three first-period goals en route to win over Prince George @NHLdotcom

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - The Vancouver Giants scored three times in the opening period and cruised to an easy 5-2 victory over the Prince George Cougars on Friday night.

Garet Hunt, Jonathon Blum and Evander Kane staked the defending Memorial Cup champions to the advantage before Jordie Deagle replied for the Cougars in the second period.

James Wright restored the three-goal lead later in the second, and the Giants upped their lead to 5-1 on a late second-period goal by Hunt, his second of the night.

Prince George captain Greg Gardner had the lone goal of the third period, his career-high 21st of the season.

Real Cyr faced 43 shots in the Prince George nets, while Tyson Sexsmith won his 39th game of the season with 19 saves. The Giants have been outshot just six times in 65 games this season.

Because of the loss, the Cougars (17-43-1-3) were officially eliminated from playoff contention. The Giants (44-13-2-6) are battling for top spot in the Western Conference, and have already clinched first place in the B.C. Division.

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