The Canucks weren't dismayed by allowing the tying goal to Frans Nielsen with 1:12 left in regulation, and skated off with a win. Richardson flung the puck in front and it found its way past Nabokov on Vancouver's 33rd shot.
With Nabokov pulled, Nielsen fired the rebound of defenceman Andrew MacDonald's shot into the open left side of the net, past the outstretched glove of Roberto Luongo to tie it at 4.
Chris Higgins had given the Canucks their first lead of the game — 4-3 — with 17.2 seconds left in the second.
It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun..
— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday