VANCOUVER, B.C. – Daniel Sedin scored the winner in the third period and added an assist as the Vancouver Canucks rallied to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Monday night.
Zack Kassian and Ryan Kesler also scored for Vancouver, which played at Rogers Arena for the first time since Oct. 12 after a seven-game trip. Henrik Sedin added an assist to extend his points streak to nine games.
Roberto Luongo made 17 saves as the Canucks won their fourth straight.
Jason Chimera and Mikhail Grabovski scored for Washington, which got 38 saves from Michal Neuvirth.
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After the teams traded goals early in the third period, Daniel Sedin and twin Henrik Sedin played keepaway in the Washington zone to give Vancouver the lead for good. Daniel Sedin finished the sequence by faking a pass at the top of the slot and blasting a shot past Neuvirth at 5:01 to close out scoring.
Canucks coach John Tortorella has been leaning heavily on his top line of the Sedins and Kesler.
Kesler slapped the puck past Neuvirth at 2:53 of the third period to tie the score at 2.
Of the top line, Tortorella told The Vancouver Sun: “They had the puck a lot tonight. I thought Kes did a lot of forechecking for them and winning some battles. Danny’s goal, it was just puck possession. I haven’t seen a goal like that in quite awhile and, obviously, a huge goal for us to give us the lead.”
The Capitals didn’t threaten late in a game where they were outshot 41-19.
Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin had a good chance early — a penalty shot at 1:19 of the first period after being taken down by Vancouver’s Alex Edler. But Luongo made the save; he has stopped 10 of his last 11 penalty shots, including all three this season.
“You don’t want to be facing Ovechkin on a penalty shot early in a game,” Luongo told The Vancouver Sun. “Luckily, he didn’t score.”