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Vancouver Canucks beat New Jersey in overtime
Jason Garrison scored at 2:18 of overtime and the host Vancouver Canucks defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 for their third victory in a row.
The Associated Press and The Record (Hackensack, N.J.)
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Jason Garrison scored at 2:18 of overtime and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Tuesday.
Garrison’s shot from the point through traffic beat Cory Schneider in the New Jersey goaltender’s first game against his former team.
Daniel Sedin, with a goal and an assist, and Alexander Edler scored for Vancouver (3-1-0), which got 21 saves from Roberto Luongo. Luongo earned his 350th career victory.
Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias each had a goal and an assist for New Jersey (0-1-3), which was playing its second game in as many nights.
Schneider, who finished with 29 saves, posted a 17-9-4 record with five shutouts, a 2.11 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage for Vancouver last season after supplanting Luongo as the starter.
The 27-year-old appeared to be the Canucks’ goalie of the future until he was traded to New Jersey at June’s draft after Vancouver was unable to move Luongo and the remainder of his 12-year, $64 million contract.
Schneider is sharing the crease in New Jersey with 41-year-old Martin Brodeur, who allowed four goals on 27 shots in Monday’s 5-4 shootout loss to Edmonton.
The pregame hype focused on Schneider’s return to the scene of a goaltending soap opera that polarized fans in the province for more than a year.
Is it finally over?
“I’m hoping for it to be,” Schneider said. “I don’t know if it will be for you guys (the media). I’m sure every time we play, it will be brought up and that’s fine that comparison is going to be made.
“Obviously, the first time back since the trade, it’s exciting, it’s fun, it’s different. But I’m just hoping to move on from it once this is done and just start playing hockey again.”
Schneider and Luongo stretched on opposite sides of the red line during warmups, chatted briefly and then it was time to get down to business.
Once the puck dropped it was, as Luongo said, “just another game, but it’s a fun one.”
Tied 2-2 after two periods, the teams didn’t generate much in the third until the midway mark — when Luongo was forced to make saves off both Elias and Jagr.
New Jersey seemed content to lock down the neutral zone to get the game to OT.
Leading 1-0 after the first period, Schneider made big stops on David Booth and Kevin Bieksa before the Devils doubled their lead at 7:25 on a strange play.
New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov threw the puck into the Canucks’ corner, but it took a deflection off the referee and fell to Elias, who fired a shot past Luongo that went in off Vancouver right wing Dale Weise.
The Canucks responded at 8:51 on a shot from Sedin that deflected off Volchenkov’s skate and past Schneider. Vancouver tied the score at 13:47 on Edler’s first of the season.
With Devils left wing Ryane Clowe hobbling to the bench, the Canucks defenseman found a seam and tucked a shot under Schneider’s bar off a pass from Sedin.
• Philadelphia coach Craig Berube won his debut — and helped the Flyers avoid their first 0-4 start in franchise history.
Brayden Schenn and Braydon Coburn scored goals, and Steve Mason had 33 saves to make Berube a winner, leading the Flyers past the Florida Panthers 2-1.
Berube was on the bench a day after Peter Laviolette was fired after the team’s 0-3 start.