The game winning goal was scored by Daniel Sedin with 8:51 remaining in the game to give the Canucks a much needed win.
Sven Baertschi scored the first goal of the game at 15:57 of the first period. After Bishop made a save on Alex Biega‘s wrist shot, Radim Vrbata chipped the puck to the net front from just below the right faceoff circle, and Baertschi shot it into the open side of the net.
“We have a good team, I thought we played well,” Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. “Our 5-on-5 game was a good game tonight. The guys really sold out late in the third to block some huge shots. Markstrom played well.”
Having been called out on a few occasions throughout the season for their lack of effort, it was encouraging for the Canucks to be able to squeeze out a close game on the road.
In net Jacob Markstrom was stellar making 26 saves for the Canucks who finished 2-3-1 on their six game road trip.
Tampa Bay was able to get just one goal past Markstrom when Jonathan Marchessault scored a power play goal at 19:38 of the second period.
The bad news for the Lightning was the fact that they failed to convert on nine other power play tries.
“We have to take responsibility as players, there’s no excuses,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. “We have to be better than what we played in the first and second period. In the third, we had some great looks but couldn’t get the puck in the net. I hit two posts. I had some good looks, it just wasn’t going my way tonight with regards to putting the puck in the net. We completely blew it.”
With a bit of a break before their next game, it was a welcome sight to see the Canucks enter the break on a winning streak.
Up next: The Canucks host the Edmonton Oilers Saturday night at Rogers Arena.
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