January 17, 2016 8:00 pm
Updated: January 17, 2016 8:05 pm

Ben Hutton scores first NHL goal; Vancouver Canucks win 2-1

Teammates celebrate with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton (27) after he scored a goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders in New York, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

It took 39 games – but the wait was well worth it.

Ben Hutton scored his first NHL goal, and the Canucks won their second straight game in a 2-1 shootout win over the New York Islanders this afternoon.

Radim Vrbata scored the only goal in the shootout for the Canucks, who are now 19-17-10 on the season, tied for third in the Pacific Division.

Hutton, who was drafted by the Canucks in 2012, shot the puck past Jaroslav Halak off a Daniel Sedin pass at 9:46 of the second to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead.

Ryan Miller made 47 saves for the victory, but lost his chance at a shutout with just 51 seconds left in the third period when Ryan Strome scored his fifth of the season for the Islanders.

Henrik Sedin left the game with an injured shoulder after Mikhail Grabovski slammed into the boards in the first period. Grabovski was given a major penalty, and Sedin’s status is unknown.

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