VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Daniel Sedin scored 4:05 into overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
The upstart Canucks gained a share of first place overall as they posted their eighth win in 10 games under new coach Willie Desjardins. The Senators lost their third straight.
Daniel Sedin converted a pass from his twin brother Henrik as they each earned their second point of the night. Shawn Matthias, Alex Burrows and Kevin Bieksa scored for the Canucks in regulation.
Mike Hoffman, Kyle Turris and Mark Stone had the Senators’ goals.
The Canucks outshot the Senators 37-24, including a 3-0 edge in overtime.
Neither team could score in the first period and the score was tied 2-2 after the second.
The game was the first between the teams since Ottawa beat the Canucks in the Heritage Classic at B.C. Place Stadium in March. Former Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was subsequently traded to Florida after expressing concern to then-General Manager Mike Gillis about his backup role behind Eddie Lack in that contest.
Ryan Miller received the start over Lack on Tuesday, but faced little action early as Vancouver limited the Senators to three shots in the opening 16:35. While his teammates struggled, Senators goalie Craig Anderson was unbeatable in the first period as the Canucks enjoyed a 12-6 edge in shots.
Matthias opened the scoring 6:13 into the second as he took Linden Vey’s pass off the boards, rushed down right wing, cut to the net and beat Anderson with a quick shot. Anderson’s strong play prevented the Canucks from taking a bigger lead early in the second period as Vancouver again held a large shots advantage.
Hoffman drew the Sens even midway through the second as he put in rookie Curtis Lazar’s rebound. Burrows gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead with 3:43 left in period as he tapped in Nick Bonino’s goalmouth pass.
Turris tied it at 2-2 about 1 1/2 minutes later following a failed clearing attempt by the Canucks.
Bieksa put the Canucks ahead 3-2 at 5:36 of the third on a shot from the point that appeared to go in off an Ottawa player. But less than 3 minutes later, Stone tied it again as he knocked home a rebound of Turris’ shot off a rush to force the extra session.
NOTES: Vancouver first-line winger Radim Vrbata and D Luca Sbisa missed their second consecutive game with undisclosed injuries. … Ottawa winger Alex Chiasson returned to the lineup after missing three games with a foot injury. … Senators rookie C Lazar, a 20-year-old native of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, played an NHL game in his home province for the first time.
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