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game recap

Canucks 2, Senators 1, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 2, Senators 1, OT
Ottawa Senators 1, Vancouver Canucks 2
Three Stars of the Game
Cory Schneider
1st
Cory Schneider
SA: 29TOI: 62:18
GA: 1EV: 23-24
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: .966SH: 0-0
Alex Auld
2nd
SA: 27TOI: 61:27
GA: 2EV: 19-20
PIM: 0PP: 3-4
SV%: .926SH: 3-3
Chris Higgins
3rd
Chris Higgins
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:22

VANCOUVER — Cory Schneider made several key saves - including two on breakaways and another point-blank chance in overtime - to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.

Chris Higgins scored in overtime and Henrik Sedin also had a goal for Vancouver, which rebounded from a 5-1 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Colin Greening scored and surprise starter Alex Auld, who got the nod in favor of injured Craig Anderson, made 25 saves as Ottawa fell to 3-1-1 on its six-game road stretch.

"They're an elite team in the league and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight," said Senators forward Jason Spezza. "We had some quality scoring chances and at the end of a real tough road trip we played a real good hockey game."

Less than a minute prior to Higgins' winner, Erik Condra sneaked behind the Vancouver defense and tipped a pass on goal, but Schneider was in position for the save.

With the score 1-1 midway through the third period, Schneider did the splits and robbed Milan Michalek with a glove save on a breakaway after Michalek executed a pretty backhand deke.

Michalek had another breakaway in the first period and met the same fate.

Higgins has also been strong for Vancouver, and came through in overtime. On a seemingly harmless play, the hard-working forward parked himself in front of the net and deflected a Dan Hamhuis shot past Auld on the short side. It was Higgins' seventh goal of the season.

The Senators had tied the game 3:32 into the third, when Greening eluded Aaron Rome in front of Vancouver's goal and one-timed a Spezza pass behind Schneider.

After a sloppy first period that went scoreless, Vancouver's league-best power play went to work early in the second frame.

With Sergei Gonchar in the penalty box for tripping, Henrik Sedin took a pass from twin brother Daniel and one-timed a shot past Auld for his seventh of the season. The puck caromed off Ottawa forward Jesse Winchester's stick before it slipped through Auld, who played for Vancouver from 2002-06.

Auld, who has struggled this season, made a surprise start after Anderson left the morning skate with neck stiffness. Anderson was well enough to serve as backup and is day-to-day.

Auld's best save came with Vancouver leading 1-0 midway through the second period, when he moved from his right to his left on a Canucks 2-on-1 and robbed Ryan Kesler with a glove save.

"The last couple of weeks I've been trying to work on my game and get back to basics and it's tough sometimes when you don't play a lot," said Auld. "But it's what I've been focusing on and it definitely served me well tonight."

NOTES: The victory was Alain Vigneault's 246th with the Canucks, tying him with Marc Crawford on the franchise's all-time wins list. Vigneault accomplished the feat in 430 games, 99 fewer than Crawford ... Ottawa's last win in Vancouver came in March 2004 ... Canucks D Andrew Alberts was inserted into the lineup for Keith Ballard, who hurt his back in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to Chicago. Alberts looked rusty and had two minor penalties, including a boarding call that could have been a major.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:31
VAN
PPG - Henrik Sedin (7) ASST: Daniel Sedin (18), Ryan Kesler (6)
1 - 0 VAN
3rd Period
03:32
OTT
Colin Greening (6) ASST: Jason Spezza (14), Sergei Gonchar (12)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
02:18
VAN
Chris Higgins (7) ASST: Dan Hamhuis (8), Sami Salo (7)
2 - 1 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
02:31
OTT
Colin Greening  Interference against  Ryan Kesler
05:09
OTT
Stephane Da Costa  Hi-sticking against  Kevin Bieksa
14:18
VAN
Andrew Alberts  Hooking against  Erik Condra
2nd Period
00:44
OTT
Sergei Gonchar  Tripping against  Jannik Hansen
08:40
VAN
Andrew Alberts  Boarding against  Kaspars Daugavins
14:56
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Hi-sticking against  Nick Foligno
18:28
VAN
Aaron Volpatti  Hooking against  Jesse Winchester
18:46
OTT
Sergei Gonchar  Hi-sticking against  Manny Malhotra
3rd Period
08:46
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Tripping against  Erik Karlsson
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Alex Auld
SA: 27TOI: 61:27
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .926SH: 3 - 3
Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
3-4-0
SA: 29TOI: 62:18
Saves: 28EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .966SH: 0 - 0