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Canucks Deliver Knock Out Punch

Jannik Hansen left the game late in the third period with a facial laceration but returned to score the overtime winner Saturday night against the Edmonton Oilers.

Hansen left late in the third period after colliding face-first with the crossbar but returned to score his second goal of the game with 58.6 seconds left in overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks the victory and the two points.

“I’m not too sure; I think two, three, maybe four,” Hansen said of the stitches above his left eye, just below his hair line. “It wasn’t too many, that’s why they could get it done so quick. … It’s a fortunate spot, it’s not a spot that was erupting in any way and they were quick on the freezing too. It took them not even five minutes.”

The overtime victory was the Canucks first 3-on-3 overtime victory on the season in eight tries.

The Oilers would get on the board first Mark Letestu scored his 4th on the year at 12:55 of the first period.

Letestu took advantage of a turnover to open the scoring 7:05 into the first period after Vancouver forward Radim Vrbata tried to juggle a puck out of the air to himself with his stick just inside his own blue line. Instead, the puck came to Edmonton forward Lauri Korpikoski; he tipped it ahead to Letestu, who used Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler as a screen and beat Markstrom on the glove side from above the right hash mark.

Jannik Hansen would tie it up 1-1 in the second after getting a pretty pass from Henrik Sedin for his 11th of the year beating Cam Talbot at 3:37.

Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves to win his second straight start since Ryan Miller left with an injury during the shootout on Dec. 20 against the Florida Panthers. Markstrom made three of his saves in overtime and was credited with an assist on Hansen’s game-winner for the Canucks (14-14-9), who are 3-0-1 in their past four games.

The Canucks also had a few players out with injuries. Chris Tanev joined Dan Hamhuis, and Luca Sbisa on the sidelines, while Alexandre Burrows was a late scratch with an upper-body injury.

Up next: The Canucks square off against the Los Angeles Kings Monday night at Rogers Arena

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