Bartkowski, Etem lead Canucks past Senators 5-3
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks used a three-goal third period to storm back for a big win.
Matt Bartkowski and Emerson Etem each scored two goals, and Jake Virtanen had the go-ahead score in the third, leading the Canucks to a 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.
Bartkowski added an assist for the first three-point game of his career, Linden Vey had two assists, and Ryan Miller made 27 saves for the Canucks.
''We had lots of guys chipping in,'' said Vancouver head coach Willie Desjardins, whose team picked up just its third win of the season when trailing after 40 minutes. ''The guys were pretty determined.''
Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone and Bobby Ryan had goals for Ottawa, which had its four-game winning streak stopped. Dion Phaneuf and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each had two assists. Craig Anderson made 31 saves.
''We definitely didn't play our best game,'' Anderson said. ''We had the lead going into the third and we just came out flat. They took momentum and that was the night.''
Trailing 3-2 after two periods, Vancouver tied it at 4:01 of the third when Bartkowski blasted his fifth of the season past Anderson. The goal stood after an Ottawa coach's challenge for offside.
Virtanen gave the Canucks the lead at 10:59 on the power play when the rookie swatted a loose puck past Anderson for his fifth.
Mika Zibanejad rang a shot off the crossbar with under four minutes to go for the Senators with Miller down and out. That would be as close as Ottawa would come to getting an equalizer before Etem scored his second of the night into an empty net with under 30 seconds to go.
''It's a game of mistakes,'' Anderson said. ''We made mistakes, they capitalized.''
Tied at 1 after the first, the teams traded chances in the second before Ottawa grabbed a 2-1 lead at 6:58 when Stone notched his 20th of the season on a short-handed 2-on-1 rush.
The Canucks got that one back just 1:23 later when Bartkowski's shot through traffic appeared to go off a Senators' stick and found its way into the net.
Ottawa restored the lead with 2:35 left in the period when Mark Methot stepped around Etem with the teams playing 4-on-4 and fed Ryan, who ripped his 21st past Miller to make it 3-2.
''With a team like this, it was up to us to get that extra goal or be a little tighter in our own end at the start of the third,'' Methot said. ''You've got to demoralize a team that's in the kind of position that they're in and we didn't do that.''
Vancouver opened the scoring 4:38 into the first when Etem scooped a rebound past Anderson for his second.
Ottawa replied at 9:25 when Hoffman tipped home his 25th on Phaneuf's point shot seconds after a Senators power play expired. The goal stood following video review to determine if the puck was touched by a high stick.
Stone had an opportunity to give Ottawa the lead on a short-handed breakaway in the period's final minute, but Miller stopped the initial shot. The follow-up attempt was waved off because the whistle had blown.
''It's very frustrating,'' Stone said. ''We had a one-goal lead on the road. Can't ask for much more.''
NOTES: The Senators beat the Canucks 3-2 in Ottawa on Nov. 12. ... Vancouver F Markus Granlund suited up for the first time with his new team following Tuesday's trade with Calgary.