Canucks snap Panthers’ streak with overtime win
VANCOUVER – Daniel Sedin scored his second of the night on the power play at 2:21 of overtime as the Vancouver Canucks snapped the Florida Panthers’ 12-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory on Monday night.
Sedin snapped a shot past Roberto Luongo with Jaromir Jagr off in the box for hooking to tie Markus Naslund’s franchise record for goals with 346.
With the Canucks celebrating on the ice, the teams came together near the benches with a lot of pushing and shoving.
Jake Virtanen also scored for Vancouver (17-16-10), which got 26 saves from Jacob Markstrom.
Jussi Jokinen and Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers (26-12-5). Luongo made 27 stops, but saw his personal nine-game winning run come to an end.
Trailing 2-1 in the third without much offence to speak of, Virtanen got the Canucks level with 2:38 left in regulation on a shot shortside on Luongo.
The rookie’s second goal of the season came after Markstrom made a couple of great saves to keep his team in it, including a stop on Steven Kampfer on a 3-on-1 moments before the equalizer.
Down 2-0 after the first, the Canucks got one back at 5:41 of the second when Daniel Sedin finished off a nice passing play with his brother Henrik by whipping a backhand past Luongo for his 18th goal of the season.
Part of the trade that sent Luongo back to Florida from Vancouver in March 2014, Markstrom made a nice pad stop on Aleksander Barkov later in the period to keep his team down one heading into the third.
The Panthers, who were coming off a 2-1 victory in Edmonton on Sunday, opened the scoring just 80 seconds into the first when Reilly Smith jumped on a poor Markstrom clearing attempt and fed Jokinen, who buried his sixth of the season.
Luongo spent parts of eight seasons in Vancouver and was serenaded with familiar “Luuuu” chants from the crowd periodically throughout the night, especially after great saves on Daniel Sedin, Bo Horvat, Emerson Etem and Jared McCann to keep his team in front.
The Panthers rewarded that strong play with 32.3 seconds left in the period when Huberdeau beat Markstrom upstairs off the rush to make it 2-0.
Notes: Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad missed the game with an upper-body injury after taking a hard hit from Oilers forward Matt Hendricks on Sunday. The NHL announced late Monday that Hendricks has been suspended three games. … Etem made his debut after coming over in a trade with the New York Rangers on Friday. … Markstrom made his eighth straight start in place of Ryan Miller, who dressed as Vancouver’s backup for the second game in a row after missing six with a groin injury. … The Canucks open a six-game road trip in Washington on Thursday. … Florida visits Calgary on Wednesday.
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