Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Kesler scored a pair of goals,
including the deciding tally with 2:25 left in regulation, as the Vancouver
Canucks upended the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, on Tuesday.
Chris Higgins added a goal and one assist, with Henrik Sedin posting two
helpers for the Canucks, who kicked off their seven-game road trip by snapping
a two-game slide.
Roberto Luongo stopped 20 shots for the win.
Tye McGinn registered his first career two-goal effort for the Flyers, who
dropped to 1-6-0 on the year. Steve Mason made 22 stops in the loss.
Matt Read cranked a shot off the crossbar from the right circle with six
minutes played in the third, and that cost the Flyers as the Canucks tied the
game soon after.
Higgins waited on the left side unmarked to one-time a pass from Sedin at 7:31
for a 2-2 deadlock.
It was 3-2 for the visitors with 2:25 left in regulation. Mason made a great
save on the right side to deny Higgins, but the rebound popped to Kesler for a
successful chance on the left side.
The Flyers capitalized on a shaky Luongo with 7:34 left in the first
period, when McGinn followed up a Niklas Grossmann shot and backhanded the
rebound home while diving towards the crease.
It was a carbon copy of the call-up's first goal of the season, which came in
Detroit during Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Red Wings.
Just 10 seconds later, Kesler evened the score. Mason attempted to stop a puck
on the end boards but misplayed the carom, and the Vancouver forward chipped
the loose disc into the empty cage.
Mason sprawled out to stifle a Jannik Hansen break-in on the second shift of
the middle period, and it was 2-1 for the hosts at 2:10 when McGinn was at the
left post to poke home a broken-up centering feed from Claude Giroux.
Coming into the contest, the Canucks sported the second-worst defense in the
Western Conference with 20 goals against in six games ... Sedin's assist on
Higgins' score gave him 800 career points, the first player in Vancouver
history to have recorded all 800 with the club ... McGinn has registered goals
in back-to-back games for the second time in his young career, having done so
on February 11-12 of this year against Toronto and Winnipeg ... Philadelphia
played its first home game against the Canucks -- then an expansion team -- 43
years ago today, recording a 5-4 victory.
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