Vancouver Canucks open 7-game trip with a victory
Ryan Kesler scored twice to lead the Vancouver Canucks past Philadelphia 3-2. He got the winner with 2:25 to play.
The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA – Ryan Kesler needed a lucky bounce and a vacated net for the easiest Vancouver goal of the season.
It is the kind of break a team needs sometimes to win on the road.
And the latest blunder that has the Philadelphia Flyers mired at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
After the gift goal in the first period, Kesler scored again with 2:25 left in the third to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Flyers on Tuesday night.
Vancouver (4-3) started a seven-game trip the right way. The Canucks won for the second time this season when trailing after two periods.
“You want to get those under your belt early and establish yourself as a resilient group,” Kesler said.
“We did that again tonight.”
Chris Higgins also scored in the third period for Vancouver and Roberto Luongo made 20 saves.
Tye McGinn got both goals for the Flyers (1-6).
The Flyers are the lone team in the league that has yet to score at least three goals in a game this season.
“We’re kind of sitting back and waiting for something bad to happen,” Philadelphia coach Craig Berube said.
It did in the third. Higgins fired a shot off Steve Mason and Kesler pounced to score past the sprawled Flyers goaltender for the winner.
The Canucks tied the score at 2 early in the third when Henrik Sedin fed Higgins for a one-timer and his first goal of the season.
Each team struggled to generate offense. The Canucks had 25 shots on goal.
McGinn opened scoring at 12:26 of the first period — and the lead lasted all of 10 seconds.
Mason skated behind the net and tried to clear the puck, but it took a funky carom past him and right to a streaking Kesler, who pounded the puck into the vacant net for a tying goal.
“I didn’t see it until it was in the blue paint (in the crease),” Kesler said. “It’s just one of those bounces.”