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Justin Williams and Tom Wilson scored as the Washington Capitals beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Friday night to tie the franchise record with their 13th consecutive home victory.

Williams’ game-winner in the third period was his 19th of the season. Washington’s streak of home games with five-plus goals ended at 11, but Braden Holtby made 30 saves to pad the team’s lead atop the NHL.

Evgeny Kuznetsov didn’t have a point but was arguably the Capitals’ best player against Edmonton. They have now outscored opponents 64-20 during their home winning streak.

Leon Draisaitl scored his team-leading 23rd goal of the season for Edmonton, which got 24 saves from goaltender Cam Talbot.

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    The Capitals had their most patchwork lineup of the season with injured regulars Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik and T.J. Oshie out along with Andre Burakovsky, who’s expected to be back in mid-to-late March. Washington is the league’s healthiest team this season with only 27 man games lost to injury, but four players out at one time meant the NHL debut of rookie forward Riley Barber and season debut of defenceman Aaron Ness.

    Oshie’s absence, his 10th missed game this season because of an upper-body injury, pushed Brett Connolly on to the first line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. But it was the fourth line that jumpstarted the offence with Wilson’s fifth goal of the season through traffic 12:22 into the first period.

    A misplay by the Capitals’ second line led to Draisaitl’s goal 35 seconds into the second when the puck pinballed to the big German wide open in front. Connor McDavid added to his league-leading point total of 69 with the secondary assist.

    READ MORE: Connor McDavid named NHL third star of the week

    Williams, a pending unrestricted free agent, beat Talbot clean on a one-timer for the game winner 5:48 into the third. The Capitals dominated much of the final period and held on in the final minutes when Talbot was off for an extra attacker.

Female students at Simon Fraser University are fed up with the ongoing sexual harassment many are experiencing on campus.

Burnaby RCMP issued a warning on Wednesday following the sexual assault of a woman in a campus parking lot. The suspect in the attack has not yet been identified, and students are shaken.

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After the story broke, an SFU student contacted Global News to say that students have been reporting sexual harassment cases to campus security over the last several weeks, but their concerns were dismissed.

“A few years ago, Maple Batalia was attacked and killed at SFU and it could have been prevented. Last night’s attack could have been prevented if SFU security took the previous allegations seriously,” the student, who wishes to remain anonymous, said.

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The school responded to the allegations, saying the sexual assault and the previous harassment reports were unrelated.

That hasn’t stopped students from feeling unsafe on campus. One woman who spoke to Global News says the multiple reports of harassment are lowering her opinion of the school.

“We started hearing stories of [a man] approaching females on the library floor, in the dining hall, in public, just saying he’s a T.A.,” the student said.

An unknown number of female students say they have been sexually harassed by a male student posing as a teaching assistant. Young women have been warning each other by way of social media and word of mouth.

“[He said] that in exchange for sexual favours, he would give exam results and exam answers.”

Neither of the women Global News spoke to have been personally approached by the potential suspect, but know women who have. They say security has been alerted but they’re not confident their concerns are being taken seriously.

“The only response security gave was, ‘You should have just walked away,’” one of the students said.

On Friday afternoon, the university told Global News in a statement that the individual in this case had been identified and prohibited from visiting the campus.

“First off, we are aware of the concerns you raised and I can tell you that the university has been actively managing the situation. Due to privacy concerns for all parties, we can’t get into any specific details. But we can tell you that the university has been taking escalating measures to address the concerns raised about this individual.

“We have imposed a number of measures over the past few weeks and this afternoon, the university prohibited the individual from coming on campus.  We are continuing to monitor the situation.  

“To support our investigation, we are encouraging any women who have directly experienced disruptive or threatening behaviour related to interactions with this individual to contact Safety and Risk Services. Any additional information would assist the university in its response. 

“The safety and security of our students is our primary priority and our guiding principle.”

How much did U.S. President Donald Trump‘s tweet about Nordstrom help or hinder the retailer’s sales?

“I think it’s not really discernible one way or the other,” company co-president Peter Nordstrom said Thursday.

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The question came in an earnings call that accompanied the release of the retailer’s fourth-quarter earnings.

It also came after Trump slagged the company on 桑拿会所 for treating his daughter Ivanka “unfairly” after it pulled her products because sales didn’t meet expectations.

In the call, analyst Omar Saeed asked Nordstrom executives whether they saw “any trend in your business at all around the president’s tweets, whether it’s helped you or hurt you at all?,” according to a transcript posted by Seeking Alpha.

“No, that would be negligible,” Peter Nordstrom answered, before the call moved on to other matters.

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Trump’s tweet might not have had any discernible impact on Nordstrom’s business, but it did raise concerns among ethics experts — one of whom worried that other brands might now decide against dropping Ivanka’s products because of fear of being criticized by the president.

“The implicit threat was that he will use whatever authority he has to retaliate against Nordstrom, or anyone who crosses his interest,” Kathleen Clark, a Washington University law professor, told The Associated Press earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Trump aide Kellyanne Conway was accused of breaking ethics rules when she encouraged people to buy Ivanka’s products.

Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Trump, watches the swearing in ceremony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

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Sales of Ivanka Trump’s products at Nordstrom dropped by almost a third in the 2016 fiscal year, and they fell especially sharply in the weeks before the U.S. election, The Wall Street Journal reported.

They were over 70 per cent lower in October 2016 compared to the previous year.

READ MORE: Nordstrom sales of Ivanka Trump line fell sharply just prior to U.S. election: report

Nordstrom’s net earnings were $201 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, up from $180 million in the same quarter for the previous year.

Full year net earnings were down, however. They were $354 million for 2016, down from $600 million in 2015.

Premier Christy Clark is boasting about a surplus budget, but will she spend some of that extra money protecting B.C.’s lakes and streams? The concern about a mussel invasion was raised in the Okanagan Friday, where the premier was promoting this week’s budget to a business crowd.

The first question she was asked at the luncheon put on by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce was about protecting B.C. waters from invasive mussels.

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It’s an issue that’s become more pressing since their larvae where found in Montana. The concern is that the invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels could come in to B.C. from other contaminated jurisdictions on boats and that once they are here it would be hard to stop them from spreading quickly.

“Now that the threat is at our door will our province introduce laws that make it mandatory for all watercraft entering British Columbia to stop at inspection stations before launching in our waters?” asked chamber president Tom Dyas.

The premier acknowledged the environmental and economic impact an invasive mussel infestation would have on B.C.

“I certainly know once it comes there is no stopping it,” said Clark.

The premier hinted that a provincial announcement is coming but didn’t go into specifics.

“The investment that we are poised to make to try and stop it is going to be well worth it,” said Clark.

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Last year the province had eight inspection stations to check for mussels coming across B.C.’s borders. There have been calls, including from the Chamber of Commerce, to increase the hours of operation for those inspection stations so they are open 24-hours a day. In response to that issue the premier said the government works each year to improve the system.

“It was successful last year. (There was) no evidence of any invasive species, but now that the mussels are getting even closer and into Montana we are re-examining it and seeing what more we can do. We’ll have more news for you on that in the coming weeks I hope,” said Clark.

Mussel inspections begin in March so time is ticking down to boost B.C.’s defenses for this boating season.

Abbotsford Police (APD) have issued a warning to the public following an escalating gang conflict in the city.

Police say that despite “aggressive enforcement and prevention campaigns,” public safety is at risk due to ongoing gang activity.

“It is not just a possibility that those engaged in the conflict will become victims of the violence but, increasingly, it is a likelihood,” Cst. Ian MacDonald said in a release Friday.

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APD says it is rare for the department to issue a warning to friends, families and associates of gang members, but sent a strongly-worded message to those people in the hope it could save lives.

“In the strongest possible terms, we must emphasize that it is not safe to be in the company of those involved in the Lower Mainland gang conflict. Although this may appear to be common-sense advice, we believe that now it could also be a life-saving decision that we need you to make,” APD said.

“When incidents of violence take place on our streets, it puts innocent members of our communities at risk, and when you associate with individuals with ties to organized crime, not only do you jeopardize the safety and security of the public, but also that of your own life,” added Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C.

This comes after a shooting in the city on Tuesday left one 23-year-old man, Satkar Singh Sidhu, dead following a police chase. Police said the incident was linked to gang violence and the victim was targeted.

Three men were taken into custody but released shortly afterwards without charges due to insufficient evidence.

In January, police investigated after two men arrived at a hospital with gunshot wounds. Earlier that month, police also investigated after reports of shots fired at two homes near the 2900-block of Flagman Place.

APD Chief Bob Rich sent letters to the parents of suspected gang members in December 2016, warning them their child’s life is in danger.

“There are parents out there who are not fully aware. There are parents out there who are giving their sons the benefit of the doubt,” MacDonald said in an interview on BC1 after the letter became public.

“What we’re trying to do right now is to prove to them definitively that their kids are involved in this conflict in various ways and we are actively trying to work with them to protect their children.”

APD says two gangs are fighting over who gets to sell illegal drugs in Abbotsford and attributes five murders to the conflict. One victim was an innocent bystander and another of the five killed was an 18-year-old.

With files from Paula Baker