Chris Tanev scored at 4:40 of overtime and the Vancouver Canucks rallied for their season-high third straight victory, 3-2 over host Edmonton
EDMONTON, Alberta — Chris Tanev scored at 4:40 of overtime and the Vancouver Canucks rallied for their season-high third straight victory, 3-2 over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night.
Tanev, playing in his 63rd NHL game, scored the first goal of his career.
“I was able to come in off the blue line and I shot it,” the 23-year-old said as teammates chanted his name in the locker room. “I think one of our guys screened the goalie and it went in. I’m pretty happy.”
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said, “He’s a young player who has been with us for quite some time now. For him to get that goal at the time that he did to win was very good for the whole group. Everybody was really happy for him.”
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With 2:17 remaining in regulation, and the Oilers holding a 2-1 lead, the Canucks tied the score on a long shot from Kevin Bieksa that beat goaltender Devan Dubnyk stick-side and forced overtime.
Taylor Hall was awarded a penalty shot for the Oilers with 2:47 gone in OT, after he was hooked down by Daniel Sedin on a breakaway. But Hall was stopped by Roberto Luongo, who finished with 23 saves.
Jannik Hansen also scored in regulation for the Canucks (5-2-2), who extended their lead atop the Northwest Division to two points over Edmonton.
Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth scored goals for the Oilers (4-3-2), who have lost three in a row. Dubnyk stopped 37 shots.
“It was very disappointing how the game ended up,” Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said. “After the onslaught we faced in the second period, we felt we were in the better position.”
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Mike Smith stopped 21 shots, Lauri Korpikoski and Martin Hanzal each scored, and the Phoenix Coyotes extended their point streak to five games with a 2-1 victory over Minnesota.
Zach Parise scored his 200th career goal for Minnesota.
After a shaky start to its defense of last season’s Pacific Division title, Phoenix has rounded back into defense-first form.
Zbynek Michalek exemplified the Coyotes’ all-out effort by blocking a shot with his face in the closing minutes.
“You see guys diving in front of pucks, getting hit in the face with pucks in the last minutes of games, that’s what it’s going to take to win hockey games,” Smith said. “That trickles down throughout the whole lineup when you see a guy like Z, how much he wants to win a game.”
• Defenseman Sheldon Souray‘s goal with 6:39 left gave host Anaheim a 2-1 victory over San Jose.
The Sharks (7-1-1) suffered their first regulation loss of the season; they opened with a franchise-record seven victories.
• The New York Rangers traded forward Mike Rupp to Minnesota for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri.
• The NHL agrees with Chris Kunitz — he scored four goals instead of three in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 6-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday. League officials announced Kunitz has been credited with a fourth goal, one that had been given to Paul Martin.
• Three-time defending champion Boston College beat Harvard 4-1 and Northeastern defeated Boston University 3-2 in the Beanpot tournament in Boston. BC will be seeking its 18th Beanpot title when it plays Northeastern on Monday.