David Booth was a healthy scratch fellow winger Jannik Hansen got injured and the Vancouver Canucks managed to get back on the winning track Tuesday night. Brad Richardson scored at 2:16 of overtime to give the Canucks a 5-4 win over the New York Islanders. New York centre Frans Nielsen had forced overtime when he scored on a rebound with 1:12 left in the third period. Long Island native Chris Higgins had put Vancouver up 4-3 at 19:42 of the second period. Higgins scored on a rebound off a shot from defenceman Kevin Bieksa. The win didn’t come easy as the Canucks had to battle back from an early two-goal deficit and found themselves down to 10 forwards when Hansen got hurt. Hansen went down with seven minutes left in the first period period after he crashed into the end boards with Islander defenceman Brian Strait. Hunched over and appearing to be favouring his wrist or perhaps a shoulder Hansen skated immediately to the Vancouver dressing room and did not return. With Booth scratched that left the Canucks with only 10 forwards to finish the game. The Islanders had grabbed a 3-2 lead at 4:48 of the second when Matt Moulson scored his second power--play goal of the night. Moulson beat Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo high to the glove side with a shot from the right faceoff circle. But Henrik Sedin tied the game at 12:39 following a rather ugly 2-on-1 rush with his brother Daniel. Islander goalie Evgeni Nabokov stopped Daniel’s weak shot from in close but the rebound bounced to Henrik at the side of the net and he put the puck off Nabokov and into the net. An eventful first period ended in a 2-2 tie which from a Canuck perspective was a good thing considering they dug themselves an early 2-0 hole.
Canucks defeat Islanders 5-4 in overtime, lose Jannik Hansen to injury
Vancouver Sun | Oct 23