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Sweet Sedin Rescues The Canucks Against The Panthers

Daniel Sedin scored twice Monday, including the overtime winner, beating the Florida Panthers 3-2 at Rogers Arena and snapping the Panthers 12 game winning streak that started December 12th.

On his way to collecting 2 goals on the night, Daniel Sedin also tied Markus Naslund for franchise lead in career goals (346).

The game also saw the return of long time Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo who was a fan favorite (most of the time) and helped the Canucks reach the Stanley Cup Finals.

Familiar chants of “Louuu” were heard after Luongo gloved down a hard Virtanen shot 4:25 into the first period, and they got louder when he made a sprawling glove save to rob Bo Horvat on a 2-on-1 one-timer four minutes later.

Jussi Jokinen opened up the scoring for the road team with his 8th of the year at 1:20 of the first period.

Just before the first period was over, the Panthers doubled up the lead on Jonathan Huberdeau’s 7th goal on the season.

Jagr carried the puck into the zone and his cross-ice feed deflected off Aleksander Barkov’s stick right to Huberdeau cutting through the slot for a quick shot past Markstrom’s glove.

The Canucks had numerous quality scoring chances in the first but were all denied by Luongo.

In the second the Canucks would finally get on the board however. Daniel Sedin scored his 18th goal of the year off the rush at 5:41 of the second period.

Moving into the third down 2-1, the Canucks would draw even courtesy of Jake Virtanen.

Right after Jacob Markstrom denied Steven Kampfer on a 3-on-1 rush, the puck bounced to Virtanen who got around defenseman Brian Campbell before beating Luongo.

In the overtime session, the Canucks caught a lucky break as the Panthers picked up a minor penalty.

With Jaromir Jagr in the penalty box for hooking, Sedin beat a screened Robero Luongo with a wrist shot high on the glove side from between the top of the faceoff circles at 2:21.

Luongo made 27 saves for the Panthers (26-12-5), who were trying to become the ninth team in NHL history to win 13 straight games.

Markstrom made 26 saves for the W, and Henrik Sedin tallied two assists.

Post game: Immediately following the conclusion of the game, both benches cleared after Henrik Sedin was seen skating by the Panther’s bench and sharing some words. After a small little scrum, the teams separated.

Up next: The Canucks travel to Washington for a date with Alexander Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals.

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