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Samuelsson steps up with OT winner for Canucks

By Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

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Samuelsson steps up with OT winner for Canucks
Mikael Samuelsson showed why the Vancouver Canucks wanted him last summer, scoring the OT winner in a 3-2 playoff win over the Los Angeles Kings.
VANCOUVER -- Mikael Samuelsson didn't grab the headlines during the offseason when he signed a free-agent contract with the Canucks. But on Thursday night against the Kings, the 33-year-old showed exactly why he was brought to Vancouver.

He scored two goals -- including the game-winner 8:52 into overtime -- to lift the Canucks to a 3-2 win in Game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with the Kings.

After the game, Samuelsson talked to the media about his game-winning goal and about the unbelievable save by goaltender Roberto Luongo that allowed him to be the hero.

Q: Describe the game-winning goal.

Samuelsson: (Henrik Sedin) had been out there quite some time. I just jumped on the ice and tried to stay high. I picked my spot. Obviously he has great vision; everyone knows that.

Q: Jonathan Quick made a couple of great saves on you early. Were you starting to think it wasn't going to be your night early on?

Samuelsson: I expect a good goalie. I know he's a good goalie. I stayed with it, and said hopefully I'll score on the next chance.

Q: What about your playoff experience? Does that help you out in this type of situation?

Samuelsson: If you've been around, you know what to expect. That's what experience is. You stay calm because you know what to expect. You're well-prepared. That's what experience is.

Q: What did you think of the save by Luongo?

Samuelsson: I was really close to that -- almost too close. It was a great save where he never quit, he never gave up on that play. Obviously we created other chances later and we put it away.

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