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Henrik Sedin scores 1,000th point in Canucks win

Gets tying goal against Panthers, Roberto Luongo

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Henrik Sedin couldn't have scripted his 1,000th NHL point any better.

Sedin got the tying goal in the second period, and Luca Sbisa scored in the third period to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 win against the Florida Panthers at Rogers Arena on Friday.

 

WATCH: All Panthers vs. Canucks highlights

 

Sedin became the first player to reach 1,000 points with the Canucks when he took a pass from twin brother,Daniel Sedin, on a 2-on-1 and beat former teammate Roberto Luongo with a deke between the legs to tie it 1-1 at 5:50 of the second.

"I don't know if you can really envision it," Henrik said. "Everything was good about it. We got a big win. It was nice [Alexander Edler] and Danny had the helpers. They've played for a long time and are two good friends. That was special. I think the best part by far was my teammates coming out on the ice and celebrating with me. That's something I will remember forever."

Sedin is the 85th player to score 1,000 NHL points, the 38th to do it with one franchise, and the fourth who was born in Sweden. He received an extended standing ovation from crowd and even got congratulations from Luongo, his teammate for eight seasons in Vancouver.

Celebrate Henrik Sedin's milestone

"I didn't know how to feel," said Luongo, who stopped Henrik as he skated to the bench. "I was happy for Hank but not too happy for myself that I let that in. Well-deserved on his part."

Sbisa scored from the slot 3:07 into the third after the Panthers failed to clear a scramble. The goal was unassisted but started with Henrik setting up Daniel for a high, hard shot Luongo couldn't catch cleanly.

Video: FLA@VAN: Sbisa snipes the corner with great shot

Ryan Miller made 20 of his 34 saves in the second period for the Canucks (22-19-6), who have a point in 11 of the past 12 games.

Jaromir Jagr scored a power-play goal, and Luongo made 30 saves for the Panthers (20-19-9), who have lost the first three of a four-game road trip.

"It's disappointing to come out of here empty-handed," Luongo said. "It was a pretty hard-fought battle on both sides, and they got a break early in the third and we weren't able to tie it up the rest of the way. It's just the way it's been going right now."

Jagr got his 1,897th NHL point with his 758th NHL goal at 3:45 of the second period for a 1-0 lead that lasted 2:05 before Henrik tied it with his milestone.

"It was a big one to get right back in the game," Daniel said.

Video: FLA@VAN: H. Sedin receives ovation for 1,000th point

 

Goal of the game

Edler made a pass out of his end to Daniel Sedin to create a 2-on-1 at the Florida blue line. Daniel passed cross-ice to Henrik skating in alone on Luongo.

Video: FLA@VAN: H. Sedin finishes feed for his 1,000th point

 

Save of the game

Luongo did his best to delay Sedin from reaching the milestone, including a lunging glove save off Loui Eriksson after Henrik's pass out of the corner put Eriksson alone at the crease with 2:52 left in the first period.

Video: FLA@VAN: Luongo makes a great glove save on Eriksson

 

Unsung performance of the game

Sbisa had the biggest of his three blocked shots with 7:21 left in the third period, getting in the way of a Jonathan Marchessault scoring chance while Miller recovered on a rebound behind him.

 

Highlight of the game

Jared McCann, who was playing his first game against the Canucks since they traded him for Erik Gudbranson on May 26, collected his rebound at the right side of the net, cut behind the net, and fed Jagr on the other side for his goal.

Video: FLA@VAN: Jagr finishes McCann's dish to open scoring

 

They said it

"When you are struggling to put pucks in the net, every little mistake seems to go against us. But we've just got to keep working at it, stay with it and keep driving the net. I thought when we drove the net and really got in Miller's crease in the second period we were really, really strong. That's what we have to start doing every night." -- Panthers coach Tom Rowe

 

"It was pretty evident we needed to execute better after the second period. Taking penalties didn't help, but certainly they were controlling the play a little bit. We looked a lot better [in the third] and then the last five minutes our neutral zone was the best I've seen it all year." -- Canucks goalie Ryan Miller

 

Need to know

Henrik, 36, has 11 goals and 19 assists this season, and 233 goals and 767 assists in 1,213 NHL games. ... Mats Sundin (1,349), Daniel Alfredsson (1,157) and Nicklas Lidstrom (1,142) are the other Sweden-born players with 1,000 NHL points. … Reto Berra backed up Luongo after being called up from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Thursday because James Reimer returned to Florida to be with his wife, who is expecting the couple's first child.

 

What's next

Canucks: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; SN, NHLN, WGN, NHL.TV)

Panthers: At the Arizona Coyotes on Monday (9 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-F, NHL.TV)

 

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