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Late Penalty Costs Canucks A W; Virtanen Records First Fight

The Canucks road trip hasn’t started off well to say the least, and their recent road woes continued Sunday afternoon in New Jersey.

The Canucks Dan Hamhuis took a late interference penalty in overtime setting up the winning goal for the Devils. Kyle Palmieri scored at the 3:33 mark of the overtime period on a 4 on 3 power play to give the Devils the victory.

All afternoon, the Canucks special teams failed to produce going 0-5 on the power play, and a late penalty in overtime cost them the game.

The Canucks opened the score at the 2:20 mark of the first period on Chris Higgins second goal of the year.

A few minutes later, with the Canucks on their own power play, the devils were the ones who evened up the score at 1-1 when Adam Henrique scored his seventh goal of the year.

Before the period ended the Devils took the lead when Mike Cammalleri scored his fifth goal of the year with assists going to Lee stempniak, and Adam Henrique.

Goalie Cory Schneider, who spent five seasons with the Canucks before the Devils acquired him in a trade June 30, 2013, had started the past 10 games before getting the night off.

Sergey Kalinin added to the Devils lead in the second period when he scored his first goal of the season at the 10:31 mark, giving the home team a 3-1 lead.

Down 3-1 after Kalinin’s first of the season, the Canucks were able to tie of the score before the second period was over.

Alexander Edler scored his third goal of the year at the 11:57 mark, and a few minutes afterwards Sven Baertschi scored his first on the year to make it a 3-3 hockey game headed to the third period.

There was no score in the third period but the Canucks had the best chance as the Devils killed five-minute interference major to Adam Larsson midway through the third to keep the game 3-3.

“We had chances on the power play and we didn’t score,” Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins said. “That’s kind of the difference in the game.”

Early in the game the Canucks thought they had pulled even when Jake Virtanen scored on a wrap around attempt with 2:24 left in the first period. However, the goal was disallowed after Devils coach John Hynes successfully challenged the play, claiming that Alexandre Burrows interfered with Kinkaid in the crease. The goal was waved off after a video review.

The Canucks had their chances throughout the entire game, but were unsuccessful cashing in on many of them ultimately giving them their fifth overtime loss of the season keeping them winless in overtime.

Up next: The Canucks face former bench boss John Tortorella and his Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday at 4:00pm.

Written by: Hamed Amiri

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