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Canucks rally to grab first road win

THE Vancouver Canucks rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, scoring two goals in the final eight minutes to secure a first road win of the season.

Mikael Samuelsson notched the game-winner at 15:18 of the third period, just three minutes after Michael Grabner tied the contest with his first NHL goal.

"Everybody knows we hadn't won on the road and it means a lot to this group," Samuelsson told reporters. "We came back from their lead, so that was huge."

Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo continued his strong recent form with 18 saves as he and the Canucks (4-5-0) earned a measure of revenge against the Blackhawks, who eliminated them from last season's Western Conference semifinals.

In the final game of the playoff series, Luongo surrendered seven goals but this time he made several key stops to preserve the win.

"Obviously, nothing's going to bring back what happened last year," Luongo said.

"They still won the series, we just won a game. But it's nice to be able to come in here and show we can win and just start moving on."

Duncan Keith gave Chicago an early lead with a slap shot at 13:26 in the first period and Troy Brouwer converted a go-ahead tip-in at 18:51 in the second for the Blackhawks (5-3-1), who have lost two straight after winning four in a row.

Canucks winger Steve Bernier converted a powerplay to tie the score at 1-1 just 46 seconds into the second period for Vancouver, who outshot the home team 31-20.

Chicago netminder Antti Niemi recorded 28 saves in place of injured starter Cristobal Huet and took his first loss of the season.


In Uniondale, John Tavares scored in the shootout to give the New York Islanders their first victory of the season, a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Jeff Tambellini and Frans Nielsen also scored in the shootout to help the Islanders avoid their worst start in the club's history.

Andy Sutton, Tim Jackman and Matt Moulson scored in regulation for New York.

Matt Cullen scored in the second period and Erik Staal and Jussi Jokinen had goals in the third to tie the score and pick up a point. Jokinen had Carolina's lone score in the shootout.

In St Paul, Mikko Koivu tied the game in regulation and scored on Minnesota's first shot in the shootout, sending the Wild 3-2 past Colorado.

In other NHL action, it was: Sabres 5, Panthers 2; Bruins 3, Predators 2; and Stars 4, Ducks 2.


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