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Tanev scores in OT, Canucks recover to top Golden Knights

Vancouver defenseman gets second goal of season after Vegas ties game in third

by Kevin Woodley / Independent Correspondent

Tanev's OT winner

VGK@VAN: Tanev buries game-winning goal in OT

Christopher Tanev goes to his forehand and beats Marc-Andre Fleury's outstretched pad to give the Canucks a 5-4 win over the Golden Knights

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VANCOUVER -- Christopher Tanev scored 1:30 into overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 5-4 win against the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 at Rogers Arena on Thursday.

The defenseman took a pass from Bo Horvat behind the Vegas defense and cut through the crease before tucking the puck past the left pad of Marc-Andre Fleury for his first goal in 33 games.

"Just go to the net with your stick on the ice, that's what they say, right?" Tanev said. "I passed it to Bo and went to the net. He made a really great pass. I didn't think it was going to get to me. It ended up right on my stick and I just went around Fleury."


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Elias Pettersson scored twice, and Jacob Markstrom made 38 saves for the Canucks (17-15-4), who ended a three-game losing streak that included a 6-3 loss at Vegas on Sunday.

"They took it to us on Sunday really badly," Tanev said. "They're a very good team. It's huge to get a win against a team that you know is going to be there right at the end of the season."

Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith and Mark Stone each had a goal and assist for the Golden Knights (19-13-6), who rallied twice to tie but lost for the first time in four games.

"It's a good point for us," said Stone, who extended his point streak to five games (two goals, eight assists). "We didn't play our best to start the game but overall we dictated a lot of the game."

Video: VGK@VAN: Pettersson beats Fleury on the short side

Pettersson took a cross-ice pass from Brock Boeser off the rush and his wrist shot put the Canucks ahead 4-3 at 9:19. Stone tied it 4-4 with 4:20 left in the third period on a cross-ice pass from Max Pacioretty.

"Earlier in the year we didn't really have that killer instinct to come back in a game," said Pacioretty, who has a six-game point streak (five goals, five assists). "Obviously, we've been feeling better about our game as of late, so being able to claw your way back into a game is a good feeling, but ultimately you want that second point."

Vegas got its only power play with 2:30 left in the third period, and Markstrom made a blocker save to prevent Paul Stastny from putting the Golden Knights ahead for the first time.

"Big saves and timely saves," Pacioretty said. "He was a big reason why they won the game, but at the same time we had a lot of opportunities and we've got to bear down on those."

Antoine Roussel gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead at 2:49 of the first period on a rebound, and Tanner Pearson scored on a power play from the top of the crease at 7:08, redirecting Josh Leivo's pass from below the goal line to make it 2-0.

Video: VGK@VAN: Pearson finishes the feed from Leivo for PPG

Marchessault scored on a rebound to make it 2-1 at 13:58. Markstrom made a save on Stone in tight with 45 seconds left in the period, and 17 seconds later Pettersson chipped a rebound over Fleury to make it 3-1.

"This win was really important for us," Pettersson said. "Just try to build on this."

Smith scored off a backdoor pass from Marchessault to make it 3-2 at 11:01 of the second period, and Josh Holden scored on a point shot through traffic at 12:10 to tie it 3-3.

Canucks coach Travis Green called timeout after Holden's goal.

"Everyone sort of panics a little bit and loses control of what they're doing," Tanev said. "[Travis] just said, 'Be confident and go out there and play our game.'"

Video: Tanev scores in overtime


They said it

"That's kind of the way we've been playing the last month. When we get in on the cycle and we synchronize with our defense, teams have fits with us. We roll four lines out the door and we start cycling, we start manhandling teams down low, we got some size, we got some skill, and we got speed, so we play like that we're going to win more games then we're going to lose." -- Golden Knights forward Mark Stone

"Anytime you lose three in a row, you want to take a good long, hard look at yourself, and we did that." -- Canucks forward Tanner Pearson


Need to know

Fleury made 30 saves and remained at 453 NHL wins, one behind Curtis Joseph for sixth place. ... Vegas has never lost to the Canucks in regulation (8-0-2). ... Vancouver forward Josh Leivo left favoring his right leg after being hit into the boards by Holden with 8:18 left in the second period. Green said there was no update on Leivo but added, "I don't think it's going to be great, though."


What's next

Golden Knights: At the San Jose Sharks on Sunday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN, SN360, NBCSCA, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Canucks: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, SN360, SN1, CITY, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)

Video: Pettersson, Tanev lift Canucks to OT victory

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