VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The only think that's changed with Henrik
Sedin's offense, is that now his shots are becoming goals.
Sedin scored with 6:26 left to complete Vancouver's rally from a two-goal
deficit in the third period and lift the Canucks into a 2-2 tie Sunday night
with the Florida Panthers.
The goal was Sedin's fifth this season and fourth in seven games.
"I'm managing to put the puck in the net, that's the biggest difference,"
Sedin said. "I had a lot of chances before, too, but it seemed like I wasn't
able to score. Right now, the puck is going in and it gives you confidence."
After a wild sequence in the Florida end, Henrik cut toward the top of the
crease and one-timed a pass from twin brother Daniel through a crowd and past
Steve Shields. The goal also extended his point streak to five games.
"I'm trying to take more pucks to the net, but I've tried to do that all
year," added Henrik, who has three goals and three assists during his streak.
Valeri Bure scored both goals, and Shields made 27 saves for the Panthers,
who blew a third-period lead for the second straight night.
Shields, who played only 18 minutes since his last start on Nov. 28, ended
Roberto Luongo's franchise record of 18 straight starts. But he failed to end
his 21/2-month winless streak.
Florida coach Rick Dudley was satisfied with his team's play, especially
after a 4-2 loss in Calgary on Saturday. He was less pleased, however, that
there wasn't a whistle when Florida defenseman Pavel Trinka was prone on the
ice just before the tying goal was scored.
"With a defenseman laying on the ice profusely bleeding, they scored a goal
and that kind of bothered me a little bit," Dudley said. "Normally when you
see blood you get a whistle. We got some bad breaks and we also had a very
difficult situation where they tied it up with about six or seven minutes left,
but we hung in there and that's a big thing."
Mattias Ohlund scored 7:02 into the third for Vancouver, and hit the post
with 12 seconds left in an overtime period in which the Canucks killed off a
Florida power play.
Alex Auld made six of his 29 saves in overtime, including a close-range stop
of Bure. Vancouver is 0-3-2 in five home games despite winning a
franchise-record seven straight on the road.
"We were lucky to get one point," Ohlund said. "We're not going to win
against any team in the league playing the way we did the first 20 minutes. We
haven't played good at home. It's something we have to change."
Despite playing Saturday, the Panthers outshot Vancouver 8-3 in the first
Bure opened the scoring with 53.1 seconds left in the first, pouncing on
Mattias Ohlund's turnover inside the Vancouver blue line. He skated in alone
and snapped a shot over Auld's glove.
Bure doubled the Panthers lead with 1:16 left in the second when his shot
from the right point deflected in off Ohlund. The goal came four seconds after
the first penalty in Florida's two-man advantage expired.
"It's frustrating in a way, we go into the third period leading, but on the
other hand we're playing pretty good hockey clubs," Bure said. "To get a 2-0
lead after two periods is significant for our hockey club. We have to learn to
shut it down and be more relaxed in the third and just maybe get the puck out
with easier plays."
The Canucks came out flying to start the third, and Ohlund made up for his
earlier miscues by beating Shields at 7:02.
"Once in a while you have those games and you just have to battle through
it," Ohlund said.
Florida lost rookie Nathan Horton to a left shoulder injury late in the
Horton, the No. 3 pick in last year's NHL draft, got tangled up with Canucks
defenseman Brent Sopel and slid headfirst into the end boards. After being
attended to on the ice, the 18-year-old center went to the dressing room
clutching his left arm tight to his body.
"I talked with him between periods and he said it was sore but it didn't
pop out of joint, which was key," Dudley said. "I don t think it's a
Horton has scored 10 goals, including four in four games, to rank third on
the Panthers and fifth among NHL rookies. Dudley said he might be able to play
Tuesday in Edmonton.