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Daniel Sedin pots 2 as Canucks edge Panthers

VANCOUVER — Daniel Sedin scored twice Monday as the Vancouver Canuckswon their first game of the season, 2-1 over the Florida Panthers.

VANCOUVER — Daniel Sedin scored twice Monday as the Vancouver Canucks
won their first game of the season, 2-1 over the Florida Panthers.


Sedin’s game-winner came with 5:08 remaining in regulation as he dived
across goalie Tomas Vokoun’s crease to scoop in the rebound of twin
brother Henrik’s shot during a scramble.


Rostislav Olesz was credited with Florida’s goal when a second-period
deflection off Canucks defenceman Alex Edler that got past netminder
Roberto Luongo.


Both goalies were solid as Luongo made 41 saves and Vokoun 33.


Vancouver began their 40th year in the NHL with a 2-1 shootout loss Saturday to the Los Angeles Kings.


Florida opened their 2010-11 campaign Sunday with a 3-2 loss to the Oilers in Edmonton.


Olesz shot wide when he had a chance to give his club the lead early in
the third period after Luongo misplayed a clearing attempt.


However, the Vancouver goalie rose to the occasion later in the period
when he got across his crease to block Shawn Matthias’s attempt to
backhand home a rebound.


The teams were tied 1-1 entering the period after Olesz scored in the final minute of the middle frame.


His shot pinballed off Canuck defender Mikael Samuelsson, hit Edler’s skate and deflected behind Luongo.


The goal came after Henrik Sedin missed two chances to score, which
were created when Daniel Sedin chipped the puck past Mike Weaver at the
Canuck blue-line.


The Canucks dominated first-period face-offs, and a win in the circle led to Daniel Sedin’s opening goal.


Henrik Sedin got the draw to Samuelsson who drifted a shot toward Vokoun who couldn’t control the rebound.


Daniel Sedin, who later deflected a shot off the post, pounced on the puck and backhanded it over the Florida goalie.


Vokoun, who had only 10 saves against Edmonton, looked sharp when he
outwaited Guillaume Desbiens when the Canuck had an early breakaway.


Luongo, who blanked the Panthers 3-0 last season, made first-period
saves on a close-in Marty Reasoner attempt and Cory Stillman’s bid to
backhand in a rebound.


Notes: It was the only meeting of the season between the two clubs ...
forwards Steve Bernier and Darcy Hordichuk, who were on the Canuck
roster last season, suited up for Florida ... Jeff Tambellini took the
fourth-line spot of Canuck Alex Bolduc, out with an ankle injury ...
Vancouver defenceman Keith Ballard signed a six-year contract extension
with Florida in 2008 ... Panthers GM Dale Tallon was drafted by the
expansion Canucks’ 40 years ago after Buffalo won a wheel spin to
select Gilbert Perreault first over-all.

 
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