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Game 7: Slump Buster

by Daniel Fung / Vancouver Canucks
Tuesday night ended up being a slump busting night for the Canucks in more ways than one.

Ryan Kesler scored twice – including the eventual game-winner with just less than three minutes left in regulation - to lift the Canucks to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.

The win snapped the Canucks' two-game losing streak and improved their season record to 4-3-0. The Flyers fell to 1-6-0.

Kesler got the Canucks on the scoreboard in the first period just 10 seconds after Flyers rookie Tye McGinn opened the scoring in the game at 12:26 of the opening period. The goal snapped Kesler's four-game point drought.

After McGinn tallied his second of the night in the second period to restore the Flyers' lead, Chris Higgins would pull the Canucks even at 7:31 of the third period setting the stage of Kesler's late heroics.

For Higgins, the goal snapped a personal 15-game goal-less drought he had counting regular season and playoff outings dating back to last season.

Roberto Luongo, looking to bring an end to his own personal two-game losing streak, made 20 saves on 22 shots on the night including turning all eight shots he faced in the third period aside for the victory.

Steve Mason stopped 22 of 25 shots in the loss.

The Canucks continue their road trip on Thursday when they head into Buffalo to take on Cody Hodgson and Sabres.

BETTER UP THAN DOWN: The Canucks have been used to playing catch-up lately and that was the case again on Tuesday until late in the third period when Kesler's second of the night gave Vancouver a lead they would not relinquish. Up until the point of Kesler's second goal, the Canucks had gone a whopping 243:29 consecutive game time without playing with the lead.

800 POINTS LATER: It was somewhat poetic for Henrik Sedin to collect his 800th career point at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. After all, it was in this very same building – then known as the First Union Center – where the Canucks' captain began his NHL career 13 years ago way back on October 5, 2000. He didn’t collect a point in his NHL debut but, as history has shown, that would end up being one of the very few nights throughout Henrik's career where he's been held off the scoresheet. Henrik picked up the milestone point on Higgins' game-tying goal and later added career point No. 801 on the Kesler's game winner.

BACK IN ACTION: Jordan Schroeder made a somewhat surprising return to the lineup on Tuesday after only appearing in one full practice with the team. He had sat out the first six games of the season with a broken foot sustained during the exhibition campaign. Schroeder took the spot of Zac Dalpe in the lineup and skated primarily on a line with Zack Kassian and David Booth. He had 10:52 of ice-time and went 3-for-7 in the faceoff circle.

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