Vancouver Sun


- Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun columnist


The Canucks got goals from Jannik Hansen, pictured, and rookie Jared McCann four minutes apart late in the second period to erase a 2-1 deficit, and goalie Ryan Miller was superb during a 20-save third period as Vancouver extended its winning streak to three games, a season-high. Vancouver killed off a late power play and also scored with the man advantage as the Canucks moved six points clear of the NHL basement.


Canucks centre Bo Horvat, pictured, was outstandin­g in a checking role, going 13-6 on faceoffs and finishing plus-one with an assist … Defenceman Matt Bartkowski led the Canucks with four hits and a plus-two rating … Daniel Sedin had a team-high five shots, one fewer than Kings Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty … Vincent Lecavalier was 8-3 on faceoffs for L.A. but finished minus-two … The Canucks blocked 19 shots … Every King registered at least one shot.


The Canuck power play ended a one-for-40 hibernatio­n when Jannik Hansen, who typically isn’t used on the power play despite being second on the team in goal-scoring, one-timed a backdoor feed from Henrik Sedin, pictured, to tie the game 2-2 during a two-man advantage in the second period. It was the 27th-ranked power play’s first goal in six games, and second in 15. It was Hansen’s first manadvanta­ge goal of the 21 he has scored this season.


With Jake Virtanen back from suspension and Derek Dorsett, pictured, back from injury, the Canucks were able to ice a full lineup. But it included defenceman Andrey Pedan again playing the wing on the fourth line. There are seven injured Canucks. Dorsett skated with Horvat and Emerson Etem, and the trio produced Vancouver’s first goal and was its best line.

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