VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Alex Burrows had an assist in regulation and scored the shootout winner as the Canucks took a 2-1 victory over Anaheim in Kevin Bieksa’s return to Rogers Arena.
Bieksa was playing his first game back in Vancouver since being traded to the Ducks in the summer. During a commercial break, the Canucks played a tribute to Bieksa on the video board and the 34-year-old was saluted with a standing ovation from the crowd.
After a goalless first period, former Canuck Ryan Kesler opened the scoring on a powerplay 7:24 into the second period. Kesler got open in front of the net and was able to put one past Jacob Markstrom for his fifth goal of the season. It was Kesler’s first goal versus Vancouver in his career.
The Canucks finally got on the board with a little under 10 minutes to play in the third period. Chris Tanev, who was playing his first game following an injury, put a long shot on net and it found a way through the crowd before beating Frederik Andersen. It was only Tanev’s second goal of the season.
The Canucks had a couple good chances to end the game in overtime, as Ben Hutton drove the net hard, and Henrik Sedin had a late breakaway, but they were unable to get one past Andersen.
Burrows led off the shootout for Vancouver and beat Andersen with a quick wrister, and Jacob Markstrom stopped Kesler, Jakub Silfverberg and Corey Perry to secure the victory.
Markstrom made 27 saves through regulation and overtime to earn his fourth win of the season. The Canucks will host the Arizona Coyotes on Monday.