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Game 12: Surviving the Devils

by Daniel Fung / Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks had to battle both the Devils and attrition on Thursday night. They somehow managed a way to overcome both.

Mike Santorelli's lone goal of the shootout proved to be the winner as the Canucks, for the second time in 17 days, earned a 3-2 come-from-behind victory in extra time over Cory Schneider and the Devils.

The win improved the Canucks' record on their current seven-game road trip to 4-1-1.

Ryan Kesler and Daniel Sedin scored for the Canucks in regulation while Patrik Elias and Eric Gelinas had the goals for the Devils.

The shootout session was one of the few occasions during the game where the Canucks and Devils were on equal footing as far as manpower was concerned.

The Canucks, who began the night with just 11 forwards with Jannik Hansen unavailable after suffering an injury in the win over the Islanders on Tuesday, were down to nine forwards by the start of the second period after both Dale Weise and David Booth left the game with undisclosed injuries.

The injuries forced the Canucks to spend most of the night just trying to fend off the Devils' attack instead of being the aggressors as they have been on most nights this season.

Roberto Luongo was brilliant between the pipes helping keep the Canucks in the game long enough for them to force a shootout. He stopped 28 of 30 shots through regulation and overtime – including all 25 he faced after the opening period – and was perfect in the shootout although he did get some help on the Devils' second shootout shot from Adam Henrique which hit the post and stayed out.

Cory Schneider made 19 saves on 21 shots for New Jersey in the defeat.

The Canucks close out their road trip tomorrow night in St. Louis.

CAPTAIN CONSISTENT: Henrik Sedin stretched his point streak to seven games (3-6-9) thanks to his two-assist performance on Thursday and now has a strong shot at making this October his best ever. Henrik, who has 15 points to date, needs just two points to surpass his previous career-high total for points in October set back in the 2009.10 season. The Canucks have three games left this month.

BEASTMODE ON: Henrik Sedin isn't the only hot Canuck right now as Ryan Kesler is on quite a roll as well. He has five points in his last three games since beginning the season with only three points in his first nine games. He also has goals in back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game goal streak from March 8 to 14, 2012.

LONGEST GAME EVER: Thursday marked the first time that the Canucks and Devils had been involved in a shootout game with one another. With the Devils now crossed off their list, the only currently active franchises that the Canucks have never gone to shootout against are the Carolina Hurricanes, the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers.

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