Flyers rally to tie, top Canucks 4-3 in shootout

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 31, 2013 at 2:05 am •  Published: December 31, 2013
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Steve Mason was happy to be so busy Monday night.

Mason made 41 saves through overtime and Vinny Lecavalier scored the only goal in a shootout for the Philadelphia Flyers, who rallied to tie the game in the final minute of regulation and went on to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3.

"It was the first time in a long time that we have given up over 30 shots, so I actually enjoyed it," Mason said. "It was nice to get into a game and feel like you are doing something out there."

The Flyers also wiped out a 2-1 deficit in the third period and improved to 2-0 on their Western road trip. Philadelphia, which beat Edmonton in a shootout Saturday, will visit Calgary on Tuesday.

Lecavalier scored on a deke on Philadelphia's first shootout attempt, and Mason stopped all three Vancouver shooters as the Flyers (19-16-4) earned their third straight win and sixth in eight games.

The Canucks (23-11-7) lost for the third time in eight games and missed a chance to move into a tie for fifth place in the Western Conference.

"I thought we played good to get a point, but it (ticks) me off we don't get two," Vancouver coach John Tortorella said.

The Flyers haven't lost at Vancouver since Dec. 31, 1989.

Tom Sestito, Jannik Hansen and Daniel Sedin scored for the Canucks.

Mark Streit, Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn had goals in regulation for the Flyers. Giroux also had an assist and further bolstered his chances of playing for Canada's Olympic team as he extended his point streak to nine games.

Schenn forced overtime when he scored with 47 seconds left in regulation after Sedin put the Canucks ahead 3-2 with 2:48 remaining. Schenn made up for a miscue by his older brother, Luke, who inadvertently put the puck into his own net after Mason got his blocker on Sedin's long shot from near the blue line.

"I guess a little brotherly love there," Mason said. "Luke was just trying to get back to the net there and I was putting my rebound where I wanted to and just an unfortunate bounce. Things like that happen. Just unfortunate it put us in that position."

Eddie Lack, making his second consecutive start and third appearance in place of injured No. 1 goalie Roberto Luongo, finished with 24 saves.

Vancouver failed on its four power plays, and Philadelphia went 0 for 2.

Hansen was less than pleased after the Canucks lost despite outshooting the Flyers 44-27.



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