Chris Tanev speaks softly and his shot has often been described in the same manner.

So when the Vancouver Canucks defenceman finally scored his first career NHL goal Monday to provide a 3-2 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers, the locker-room celebration was something seldom seen following a regular-season game. As Tanev held court amid a sea of microphones, his teammates gathered in a corner and while watching the winning-goal replay, kept screaming "Tan-ev, Tan-ev."

The hoopla was understandable. It was the likeable Tanev's first goal in 63 career games and it came after Kevin Bieksa forced the extra session with his first goal of the season with 2:17 remaining in regulation time.

After Taylor Hall was stopped on a penalty shot by Roberto Luongo after the winger was hooked by Daniel Sedin on a breakaway, it was an unlikely end to a game by Tanev with 20 seconds left as the Canucks stretched their win streak to three games and improved to 5-2-2.

"I don't think we've ever seen a team this happy after Game 9 of a season winning a game in overtime, but it was a big win for us," said Bieksa. "Chris is such a great kid and teammate. Everybody just admires the poise he has and how mature he is for a such a young guy. He doesn't have the heaviest of shots and to see him blow it by the goalie was great to see. It was a lot of fun."

That's a lot more than you'll get out of Tanev. He has worked on his shot ā€” more to get it away quickly ā€” and kind of shrugged his shoulders at the spectre of it all after being set up by some Sedins artistry. He was as surprised by the celebration as by the goal.

"It's awesome, it took a while but I'm glad we won," he said. "The reaction was awesome and the guys are pumped up, I've got to thank them for everything. Hank and Danny did a little give-and-go and all their guys were watching them and I just came in off the blueline and shot it. I think their guy screened the goalie and it went in. I'm happy.

"My shot is definitely something I've been working on and I just tried to get that one off pretty quick."

The Canucks were in some quick trouble after managing but six shots in the first period before finishing with a season high 40. On a night when the form chart looked like something from across the street at Northlands race track, a plodding start was followed by a frantic pace.

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