Daniel Sedin scores 300th goal as Vancouver Canucks win
Daniel Sedin scored his 300th career goal and added an assist to help the Vancouver Canucks defeat the Ottawa Senators 5-2.
The Associated Press
OTTAWA – Daniel Sedin scored his 300th career goal and added an assist to help the Vancouver Canucks defeat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Thursday night.
David Booth, Jason Garrison, Dale Weise and Mike Santorelli also scored for the Canucks, who won for only the second time in nine games. Roberto Luongo made 37 saves.
Of his milestone goal, Sedin said, “When you’re in the middle of the season you don’t think too much about it, but I’m sure after the season or looking back it will be different.
“It was nice to help the team (win), that’s for sure.”
Vancouver has three games left on a four-game trip.
“This is a big road trip for us and to start with a win is going to give us a lot of confidence moving forward,” Sedin said. “As a team, we played pretty good. The (penalty kill) did a good job and the power play got one, too, so overall it was a good game.”
Clarke MacArthur and Mika Zibanejad scored for Ottawa. Craig Anderson allowed four goals on 15 shots before being replaced by Robin Lehner, who gave up one goal on 13 shots.
The Senators, who beat Washington 6-4 on Wednesday, dropped to 0-4-1 when playing back-to-back nights.
“We got what we earned,” Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said.
Vancouver has won six straight and 10 of the past 11 meetings between the teams. Ottawa has lost three in a row and six of its last seven home games against the Canucks.
Vancouver took control of the game by scoring four goals in the second period before a disappointed crowd of 17,931.
“Quite honestly, I thought we’ve played better games,” Canucks coach John Tortorella said. “It’s good to get a win for us. No complaints here.
“We’ve lost some games we should have won and I thought we played well enough to win, but we still have a lot of things to work on.”
Sedin tied the score at 1 a mere 31 seconds into the period when he beat Anderson to the far side.
The Canucks grabbed the lead 45 seconds later on Booth’s second goal of the season.
Vancouver made the score 3-1 with a power-play goal when Garrison was left alone in front.
Ottawa has allowed at least one power-play goal in each of the last seven games.
Midway through the period, Weise picked up Garrison’s rebound and beat a sprawled Anderson. Less than 20 seconds after that goal, Anderson’s night came to an end.
“We don’t play hard enough on the forecheck,” MacLean said. “We don’t play hard enough coming back. We don’t play hard enough defensively. Our goaltenders aren’t playing hard enough.
“We’re just not playing hard enough for long enough to have an opportunity to win.”
• Calgary rookie forward Sean Monahan has a hairline fracture in his foot. Team officials said the 19-year-old’s status is week to week.
With nine goals and six assists, Monahan is second in NHL rookie scoring behind Thomas Hertl of San Jose.
Monahan is also second for Calgary in scoring.
• Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber is day to day after getting hit in the face by a puck late in the second period of a 3-0 loss to Edmonton on Thursday.
Weber dropped to the ice at 15:24 of the second after being hit by a puck near his right eye. The defenseman got up and skated immediately to the locker room and did not return with what team officials called an upper-body injury.