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Canucks top Lightning on Daniel Sedin's goal in third

by Corey Long / NHL.com

TAMPA -- Daniel Sedin scored with 8:51 remaining to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

Sven Baertschi scored a goal, and Jacob Markstrom made 26 saves for Vancouver (13-14-9), which won the final two games of its six-game road trip to finish at 2-3-1.

"We have a good team, I thought we played well," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. "Our 5-on-5 game was a good game tonight. The guys really sold out late in the third to block some huge shots. Markstrom played well."

Tampa Bay (17-15-3) got a power-play goal from Jonathan Marchessault but failed to score on nine other man-advantage opportunities, including the final 1:42 of the game after Vancouver was called for too many men on the ice.

"We have to take responsibility as players, there's no excuses," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. "We have to be better than what we played in the first and second period. In the third, we had some great looks but couldn't get the puck in the net. I hit two posts. I had some good looks, it just wasn't going my way tonight with regards to putting the puck in the net. We completely blew it."

Tampa Bay pulled goalie Ben Bishop to make it a 6-on-4 advantage after the Vancouver bench minor, but Markstrom held firm, making a save on a Stamkos one-timer in the slot and on the follow-up shot by Ryan Callahan.

Callahan hasn't scored a goal since Nov. 1 and said he's trying not to let his frustration get the best of him.

"I'm extremely frustrated [with myself]," Callahan said. "I need to be better. I'm trying to work, I'm trying to get to the front of the net. When I'm in these slumps, you try to do the other little things correctly. That's where I'm trying to be right now, but I've got to find a way to put one in."

Sedin's 16th goal came on a shot from the right circle that beat Bishop high on the glove side. Henrik Sedin, who returned to the lineup after missing two games with a lower-body injury, had the assist.

"[The Sedin brothers] are pretty remarkable," Desjardins said. "They are always in the game, you can be getting nothing, and they can create from nothing. That was a great shot, and they've been doing it all year for us."

Henrik Sedin was proud of the fight the Canucks showed to get five points in the past three games.

"I think we battled hard and we showed on the [penalty kill] we were there tonight," he said. "Our game is not perfect, but at least I think we understand what it takes to win. We have different guys contributing now, which is good."

Baertschi scored the first goal of the game at 15:57 of the first period. After Bishop made a save on Alex Biega's wrist shot, Radim Vrbata chipped the puck to the net front from just below the right faceoff circle, and Baertschi shot it into the open side of the net.

"[This win] means a lot, especially now because we have a little break for a few days," Markstrom said. "It's good for the standings and in our locker room. The guys were getting a little grumpy, so it's good to get a win."

Marchessault's power-play goal with 22 seconds left in the second period tied it 1-1. Nikita Kucherov took the puck off the faceoff, went behind the net and found Marchessault in the slot for a one-timer to the near post for his fifth goal.

"This is a game we should have won," Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman said. "We should have scored more goals, especially on the power play. This is unacceptable. We needed to come out with a good start, and that didn't happen; our first period was really flat."

Bishop made 17 saves for the Lightning, who will play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. The Canucks return home to play the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

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