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Luca Sbisa rebounds from tough night as Canucks down Capitals 4-2

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VANCOUVER - Nick Bonino and Radim Vrbata each had a goal and an assist Sunday as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Washington Capitals 4-2.

Henrik Sedin and Luca Sbisa also scored for Vancouver (5-3-0), while Chris Higgins chipped in with two assists.

Ryan Miller made 20 stops to pick up his fifth win of the season for the Canucks.

Marcus Johansson and Liam O'Brien replied for Washington (4-2-2), while Mike Green added two of his own assists.

Justin Peters, starting in place of No. 1 goalie Braden Holtby, finished with 30 stops for the Capitals.

After a scoreless first period, the teams exploded for five goals in the second.

Johansson opened the scoring at 5:28, beating Miller with a shot glove side after taking a cross-ice feed from Andre Burakovsky for his third of the season.

Vancouver then battled back with three goals in a span of 1:47 to grab a 3-1 lead. Henrik Sedin scored his fourth of the season on the power play with six minutes to go in the period before Bonino ripped his third high over Peters' glove at 15:22.

Sbisa, who was an ugly minus-5 in Vancouver's 7-3 road loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, then stretched the Canucks' lead to two with his first point as a Canuck when he blasted a shot from the point through traffic just 25 seconds later.

Another first ended the barrage as O'Brien opened his NHL account by deflecting a pass from the slot in front of Miller at 17:18 for Washington's second of the night to cut Vancouver's advantage to 3-2.

Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler had a great chance to restore the two-goal edge late in the period on the power play, but his shot from the slot off the rush rattled the glass behind Peters.

O'Brien had a chance five minutes into the third, but Miller stood tall on a 2-on-1 break after a bad pinch by Sbisa.

The Canucks goalie then made three big stops on a Washington power play midway through the period ??? two off John Carlson and another from the stick of Alexander Ovechkin.

Washington turned up the heat in the dying minutes, but Carlson went off for delay of game with 1:38 remaining, and Vancouver killed the game off when Vrbata scored into an empty net with just over a minute to go.

The Canucks were playing their third game in four nights and fourth in six, while the Capitals topped the Flames in Calgary 3-1 on Saturday.

The teams looked sluggish to start, but it was nearly a dream beginning for Vancouver after Carlson turned the puck over to Vrbata 30 seconds into the game. The Canucks forward ??? who has four goals and four assists in seven games this season ??? moved in alone on Peters, but lost the handle on his backhand at the critical moment.

Vancouver's Linden Vey then caused a turnover of his own in the Washington end midway through the period only to watch Peters stretch to make a toe save before Jannik Hansen failed to redirect another shot on target moments later.

Apart from Peters, the Capitals' only highlights of an opening 20 minutes that saw Vancouver hold a 14-6 edge in shots were two big hits thrown by Ovechkin.

Notes: The Capitals allowed more than 30 shots for the first time this season under new head coach Barry Trotz. ... The Canucks continue their three-game homestand on Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Capitals host the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. ... Vancouver visits Washington in the teams' only other meeting on Dec. 2.

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