VANCOUVER, B.C. – Jonathan Huberdeau scored the only goal in a shootout to lift the Florida Panthers over the slumping Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Shawn Matthias and Brad Boyes had the goals for Florida (6-12-4), which got 27 saves from Tim Thomas. The Panthers won in Vancouver for the first time since the 1993-94 season.
Jannik Hansen and Chris Higgins scored in regulation for Vancouver (11-8-4). Roberto Luongo finished with 34 saves through regulation and overtime as the Canucks lost their fifth straight, though they earned points in two of those games by being tied at the end of regulation.
Vancouver has six goals during the five-game slide.
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“It was easily our worst game of the year,” Canucks coach John Tortorella was quoted as saying in The Province of Vancouver. “We didn’t deserve a point. I don’t think anyone played well.
“This clunker makes no sense. It was a total lack of respect (for the Panthers). This one kicks me in the side of the head.”
The Canucks killed a two-minute penalty in overtime, with Luongo making a huge pad stop on Huberdeau. Vancouver then took control of the play in the final minute of the extra period, but couldn’t beat Thomas.
The 39-year-old goalie led the Boston Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup in a seven-game series over Vancouver.
Playing his second game after a long absence with a lower-body injury, Hansen jumped on a bad clearing attempt from Panthers forward Tomas Fleischmann and wired a shot past Thomas at 2:45 of the third period to snap a 1-all tie.
• The 2014 Winter Classic is officially sold out.
NHL and Detroit Red Wings executives made the announcement, saying some single tickets are available.
The Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs are expected play in front of 107,000-plus people on New Year’s Day at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. In the same stadium, Michigan and Michigan State set a hockey attendance record of 104,173 in 2010.