OTTAWA – Milestones don’t mean much for Daniel Sedin in November.
Sedin scored his 300th career goal and added an assist as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-2 Thursday night.
Vancouver (13-9-5) came in having lost seven of its past eight games, but a solid effort finally put an end to their recent struggles. That was of more interest to Sedin than his own stats.
“When you’re in the middle of the season you don’t think too much about it, but I’m sure after the season or looking back it will be different,” said Sedin. “It was nice to help the team (win), that’s for sure.”
With the Canucks playing the first of a four-game road trip, Sedin said picking up the win was instrumental in setting the tone for the next three.
“This is a big road trip for us and to start with a win is going to give us a lot of confidence moving forward,” said Sedin. “As a team we played pretty good. The (penalty kill) did a good job and the power play got one, too, so overall it was a good game.”
David Booth, Jason Garrison, Dale Weise and Mike Santorelli also scored for the Canucks. Roberto Luongo finished with 37 saves.
Clarke MacArthur and Mika Zibanejad scored for the Senators (10-12-4). Craig Anderson allowed four goals on 15 shots before being replaced by Robin Lehner, who allowed one goal on 13 shots.
With the loss the Senators, who beat the Washington Capitals 6-4 on Wednesday, are now 0-4-1 when playing back-to-back nights.
Senators coach Paul MacLean said his team deserved the loss.
“We got what we earned,” said MacLean. “(Wednesday) night we got what we earned and 26 times a year so far we’ve gotten what we’ve earned whether that was wins or losses. Every night we’ve earned it and (Thursday) we earned it again.”
MacLean added the Sens continue to make too many mistakes.
“We don’t play hard enough on the forecheck. We don’t play hard enough coming back. We don’t play hard enough defensively. Our goaltenders aren’t playing hard enough. We’re just not playing hard enough for long enough to have an opportunity to win.”
The difference in this one was the second period when the Canucks scored four goals as 17,931 at the Canadian Tire Centre looked on.
“Quite honestly I thought we’ve played better games than (Thursday’s) game,” said Vancouver coach John Tortorella. “It’s good to get a win for us. No complaints here. We’ve lost some games we should have won and I thought we played well enough to win, but we still have a lot of things to work on.”
Daniel Sedin tied the game 1-1 just 31 seconds into the second period as he beat Anderson far side.
Just 45 seconds later the Canucks took the lead on Booth’s second goal of the season as he beat Anderson cleanly.
Booth has had his share of struggles and admitted it’s nice to contribute offensively.
“I felt good on my skates so that’s the biggest thing,” said Booth. “But it’s over now and you’ve got to start gearing up for Saturday in New York.”
The Canucks then went on to make it 3-1 with a power-play goal as Garrison was left all alone in front.
Ottawa has allowed at least one power-play goal in each of the last seven games.
Midway through the period Weise picked up a Garrison rebound and beat a sprawled Anderson.
Weise was one of the Canucks’ better players and if the team hopes to have any long-term success they are going to need secondary scoring.
“This is what you need for good teams to win,” said Weise. “We can’t rely on the (Sedin) twins every night. Our secondary scoring has to pitch in and it has to be consistent.”
Less than 20 seconds after Weise’s goal Anderson’s night came to an end.
The Senators managed to cut the lead in half as Zibanejad made it 4-2 with just over one minute remaining in the period.
The Canucks made it 5-2 early in the third as Santorelli took advantage of a Jason Spezza giveaway behind the Ottawa net. Santorelli grabbed the puck, shot and then picked up his own rebound to beat Lehner between the legs.
Strangely enough Ottawa got off to the start it wanted as MacArthur picked up his 100th career goal midway through the first to give the home team a 1-0 lead, but it was never able to capitalize on the momentum.
“It’s frustrating,” said Ottawa’s Kyle Turris. “That lapse we had in the start of the second and then we played pretty well the last half of the second and the third. We’ve got to execute coming out of our zone and we’ve got to be more crisp with the puck.”
With the win Vancouver continues to dominate the Senators. Vancouver has won six straight and 10 of the past 11 meetings between the clubs. Ottawa has lost three in a row and six of its last seven home meetings against the Canucks.
Notes: D Patrick Wiercioch, D Jared Cowen and LW Matt Kassian were healthy scratches for the Senators.…The Canucks were without C Jordan Schroeder who is expected to miss another month with a sprained ankle. C Jeremy Welsh, C Zac Dalpe and D Andrew Alberts were healthy scratches.