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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.
"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.
|Colin Greening Interference against Ryan Kesler|
|Stephane Da Costa Hi-sticking against Kevin Bieksa|
|Andrew Alberts Hooking against Erik Condra|
|Sergei Gonchar Tripping against Jannik Hansen|
|Andrew Alberts Boarding against Kaspars Daugavins|
|Kevin Bieksa Hi-sticking against Nick Foligno|
|Aaron Volpatti Hooking against Jesse Winchester|
|Sergei Gonchar Hi-sticking against Manny Malhotra|
|Kevin Bieksa Tripping against Erik Karlsson|
|SA: 27||TOI: 61:27|
|Saves: 25||EV: 19 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .926||SH: 3 - 3|
|SA: 29||TOI: 62:18|
|Saves: 28||EV: 23 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: .966||SH: 0 - 0|