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Canucks rally to deny Panthers first win

Horvat scores go-ahead goal in third period; Pettersson ties Vancouver record before injury

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Bo Horvat scored the go-ahead goal at 6:11 of the third period to help the Vancouver Canucks defeat the Florida Panthers 3-2 at BB&T Center on Saturday.

"Great team win tonight," Canucks coach Travis Green said. "I'm proud of our group. That's a good team over there and to come on the road and find a way was by far our most complete game of the year."

Elias Pettersson scored in the second period to tie a Canucks record by extending his point streak at the start of his career to five games (Don Tannahill, 1972-73). Pettersson left the game 4:57 into the third with an injury after being checked into the boards by defenseman Mike Matheson.

 

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"It's a dirty play," Green said. "The League's trying to protect the good young players, and that's just a dirty play."

Vancouver lost center Jay Beagle later in the third period when he was injured while blocking a shot. Green didn't have an update on Pettersson or Beagle after the game.

Video: VAN@FLA: Horvat pots Baertschi's cross-ice feed

Antoine Roussel scored in his debut for the Canucks (3-2-0) after missing four games with a concussion. Sven Baertschi had two assists, and Anders Nilsson made 24 saves.

Vancouver had 23 blocked shots, including eight by defenseman Christopher Tanev.

"Our D-zone coverage today was unbelievable throughout the whole game, especially in the end," Nilsson said. "[The Panthers] had some zone time, but they didn't get the puck through to the net, so I didn't have to make any saves and [the defense] kept them to the outside. [A] lot of huge blocks tonight."

Jonathan Huberdeau scored, and Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist for the Panthers (0-2-1). James Reimer, making his second consecutive start in place of the injured Roberto Luongo (knee), made 27 saves.

Florida went 0-for-5 on the power play and is 0-for-12 on the season.

"We have a lot of guys with experience in the power play scoring goals," Trocheck said. "We just have to do it."

Video: VAN@FLA: Pettersson roofs nifty power-play goal

Horvat scored when he redirected Baertschi's backhand pass across the front of the net.

"That was a phenomenal pass, like [an] unbelievable backhand pass," Horvat said. "All I had to do was tap it in from there. Kudos to him for doing that."

Huberdeau gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 12:31 of the second period before Pettersson tied it 1-1 at 14:48 with a wrist shot from the right circle.

Seven seconds after a Florida power play ended, Trocheck gave the Panthers the lead again when he one-timed Keith Yandle's pass in the left circle to make it 2-1 at 17:20.

Roussel tied it 2-2 at 18:15 on a penalty shot after he was hooked from behind by defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich. Roussel, who signed with the Canucks as a free agent July 1 after playing his first six NHL seasons with the Dallas Stars, had two penalties in the first period.

"He's going to take a few penalties," Green said. "That's the way he plays. We know what kind of player he is. He's also going to bring a lot of other things to our group."

Video: VAN@FLA: Trocheck blisters home heavy one-timer

This was the second consecutive game the Panthers lost after having the lead twice. They led the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 and 4-3 on Thursday before losing 5-4 at home.

"Every time we take the lead it's tough when the other team ties it up right after," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. "That's a pattern that's got to change."

 

They said it

"It's nice to get some confidence from the coaches. As a goalie, everybody wants to play as much as possible, so it's always nice to get in there. I wanted to show myself and show everyone else that I can play more consistent and put two good games together, so it was nice to play a solid game." -- Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson on his consecutive victories against the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Panthers

 

"Once we get a lead, we've got to learn how to win. Everything we worked hard for in the second half of last season, we've got to get some of that back." -- Panthers coach Bob Boughner

 

Need to know

Vancouver swept the two-game Florida trip for the first time since November 2002. … Florida is winless after three games for the first time since 2014-15. … Luongo was honored before the game for playing his 1,000th NHL game, which he did April 5 in a 3-2 victory against the Boston Bruins. … Kiselevich made his NHL debut after playing nine seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.

 

What's next

Canucks: At the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)

Panthers: At the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, FS-F, NHL.TV)

Video: Horvat, Nilsson lead Canucks to 3-2 victory

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