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Overtime Sedinary strikes again as Canucks defeat Senators 4-3

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Henrik to Daniel in overtime. We've seen it before. We saw it again. And it was just as magical the second time around.

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Stop me if you've heard this recently. Henrik to Daniel for the overtime winner? Sound familiar? It should. For the second time this season, we were treated to the overtime edition of Sedinary. Daniel Sedin netted his second overtime winner of the year in a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night at Rogers Arena.

The Senators hung tough, answering each of Vancouver's three goals in regulation, but could never string together consecutive goals as the Canucks survived a game in which they outplayed the Senators for much of the way.

Ryan Miller continued his hot start in a Canucks uniform, improving to 11-2 on the year, stopping 21 shots on the night. Craig Anderson did everything he could to keep his team in the game, stopping 33 shots, but couldn't stop Daniels overtime one-timer.

The Canucks are one of four teams left in the league who have yet to lose in overtime. The win also propelled Vancouver into first place in the division. Yes, it's way too early in the year for that to be relevant, but when is first place not fun?

1st Period

Early on in the opening five minutes, the Canucks held a 5-1 shot advantage over the Sens, getting a number of good looks on net. Chris Phillips had one of the best looks on net for the Sens during the period, but Nick Bonino was able to get in and block the shot. As refreshing as his production has been on offense, it's also been nice to see that Bonino has not been afraid to sacrifice his body for the good of the defense. I also wouldn't have put my money on Phillips opening the scoring, considering the defenseman has just one goal in his last 97 games.

Vancouver also did a great job controlling the puck during the opening period. There were a number of times that it looked as if the Canucks were on the power play the way they were able to move the puck around.

I mean, could've fooled me.

The Canucks caught their first lucky break of the period when it looked as if David Legwand had sniped in a shot from a near impossible angle alongside the net to give the Senators a 1-0 lead in the final minute of the period. However, the goal was instantly waved off as Chris Neil was sent off for pulling away Dan Hamhuis with a hook that wound up creating the space needed for the goal.

The Canucks ended the period with a lackluster start to the power play, ending a period that had..well, a whole lot of nothing to be honest. The waved off goal was about the most exciting thing to happen.

2nd Period

After the Senators killed off the first power play, Jared Cowen was sent off for boarding as he took down Ryan Stanton. Vancouver's best look on the power play came from Linden Vey, who nearly got a shot to trickle over the shoulder of Craig Anderson.

The Canucks finally beat Anderson as Shawn Matthias quickly went from his backhand to his forehand to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead at 6:13 of the second period.

Jannik Hansen nearly added another goal while the Senators were on the power play, bursting up ice on a clear breakaway. Hansen wasn't able to beat Anderson however, and the game remained 1-0 in favor of the Canucks.

Henrik Sedin had a clear look on net after juking Mike Hoffman out of his skates, but to no surprise, opted for the drop pass instead. After the play, John Garrett said he thought Henrik would shoot it. Shorthouse just looked at him in utter disbelief (as I can only imagine this is how it went down) before saying, "You thought Henrik was going to shoot it?" Seriously, just listen to his shocked tone of voice. It's fantastic.

The Sens would tie things up midway through the second period as Ryan Miller was beat by the rebound goal. Curtis Lazar threw the puck on net that hit Miller in the pads and deflected right to Mike Hoffman who was able to handle the rebound to knock in his fifth goal of the year.

Vancouver's luck continued as Alex Burrows put the Canucks back on top with a little help from the linesman. After the puck deflected off the ref along the board and came right back to Chris Higgins. Nick Bonino then delivered a perfect pass across the crease to Burrows who knocked it in to put Vancouver up 2-1 at 16:17.

Less than two minutes later, Ottawa would answer right back as Kyle Turris snapped in a shot past Miller to the top corner of the net for the game-tying goal. If you need a silver lining, at least there's this:

Here's the original tweet from Bobby Ryan:

3rd Period

Kevin Bieksa would end his scoring drought at a convenient time, giving the Canucks a 3-2 lead at the 5:36 mark of the third period. The goal was Bieksa's first in 40 games. The last time Bieksa scored was when he netted two goals against the Coyotes on January 26 of last season.

I'd also like to point out that moment shortly before the goal when Henrik attempted to make up for his drop pass with a vicious slap shot towards the net. Spoiler alert: It didn't end well for Henrik.

Just a few minutes later, the Sens answered again as Turris sent in a shot that deflected off Miller. Mark Stone was there to deliver Ottawa's second rebound goal of the night. Stone found himself in the right place at the right time, tying the game at 3-3 with 11:18 left to play.

The game would remain tied as both teams were guaranteed at least a point. For the Sens, they were probably thrilled with that result considering they trailed three separate times on the night. For the Canucks, the excitement of a second straight game heading to overtime wasn't quite there, understandably so.

Well played Justin, well played.


One of Vancouver's best chances in the first half of the overtime came from Chris Higgins who nearly beat Anderson, but couldn't lift the puck up over the left pad of Anderson

Jannik Hansen had another breakaway opportunity, but you already know how this ends. Jared Cowen was able to catch up with Hansen and break up the scoring chance. The puns that came as a result almost made his terrible luck on the breakaway tonight worth it.

In the final minute of overtime, we were once again treated to the overtime edition of Sedinary. The game-winning play started as Henrik stepped around Clarke MacArthur and found his twin counterpart across the ice. Daniel was there to deliver the game-winning one-timer from one knee because that's just how Daniel rolls.

The key part of the play came not from the Canucks, but from a critical defensive mistake on Ottawa's part. Had Cody Ceci not rushed over to defend an inevitable shot from Henrik (sorry...can't say that with a straight face), this game goes to a shootout. Instead, Daniel was left wide open for the game-winning overtime goal, the 12th of his career and the second of the season.

Since their 7-3 thrashing in Colorado, the Canucks have won eight of their last 10 games. They'll look to continue that hot streak as they welcome the Arizona Coyotes to town on Friday night before their traditional 1 game "road trip" to Edmonton.