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Canucks Take Down The Senators

Emerson Etem, and Matt Bartkowski each scored two goals to power the Canucks to a convincing 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators at home.

Rookie Jake Virtanen scored the game-winning goal on the power play with just over nine minutes left in the Vancouver Canucks’ come-from-behind victory.

Ryan Miller made 27 saves for the Canucks (24-24-12), who have won two in a row after losing the previous four.

Etem, playing on a line with center Markus Granlund, who was acquired in a trade with the Flames on Monday, opened the scoring 4:38 into the first period by backhanding a rebound over Craig Anderson from in tight.

The Canucks hope the acquisition of Granlund can add some offensive punch to the lineup.

Mike Hoffman tied it shortly after an Ottawa power play expired less than five minutes later, deflecting Phaneuf’s high point shot down past Miller as he lifted up for his 25th goal of the year.

In the second, the Senators would appear to go ahead when Mark Stone scored on a shorthanded breakaway with 21 seconds left in the first period, but the goal was waived off. Miller made the initial save, but the puck ended up in the net after Stone hit the goaltender’s pad and spun him.

Luckily for Stone, he would convert another shorthanded chance 13:02 into the second period, putting the Senators in front on a 2-on-1 by keeping the puck and beating Miller under the glove from the left faceoff dot. It was his 20th on the year.

Bartkowski tied it 1:23 later with his first goal of the night, but Bobby Ryan restored the Senators lead with 2:35 left in the period, finishing off a nice play by defenseman Marc Methot with a one-timer in the slot.

Being down 3-2 heading to the third period, the Canucks were looking for an extra jump, and that is exactly what they got.

To start off a three goal third period, Bartkowski scored his second of the night beating Craig Anderson cleanly from the left faceoff circle, at 4:01 of the third period to tie the game up at 3-3.

Jake Virtanen scored his 5th on the year and put the Canucks up 4-3 at 10:59 of the period, when his cross-crease pass bounced back to him off intended target Bo Horvat, leaving the 18-year-old rookie with an empty net as Anderson went the other way.

To cap it off, Etem scored his second goal of the night via en empty net, to secure the 5-3 win for the Canucks.

In the loss, Craig Anderson made 31 saves.

Up next: The Canucks try and win three in a row as they welcome the San Jose Sharks to Vancouver Sunday afternoon.

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