Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – Cody Ceci scored the go-ahead goal in the second period as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 4-2, in Sunday’s 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place.
Clarke MacArthur had a goal and an assist, Erik Karlsson and Collin Greening also scored while Craig Anderson made 29 saves as the Senators improved to (27-23-11).
With the victory, the Senators moved within three points of the Detroit Red Wings for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with 21 regular-season games remaining.
Jason Garrison and Zack Kassian scored while goaltender Eddie Lack made 24 saves as the surprise starter ahead of Roberto Luongo as the Canucks slipped to 28-25-10.
The Canucks also played most of the final two periods without top-line forward Daniel Sedin. Sedin was carrying the puck behind the Vancouver net early in the second period when he was hit into the boards by Ottawa defenseman Marc Methot.
Sedin remained down on the ice for several moments, but was able to skate off slowly on his own. He remained on the bench for a bit, but left for the locker room, with two Canucks employees helping him make the long walk from the ice to the locker room.
The Canucks scored twice in the first period, marking the first time they scored more than one goal in a period in 10 games, dating to the first period of their game Jan. 26 against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Garrison opened scoring 4:54 into the game with his fifth goal of the season after Collin Greening was called for high-sticking at 3:17.
The Canucks took full advantage when Garrison’s shot from the point went off Kyle Turris’ stick out high and went under the crossbar, giving them their first power-play goal in four games and snapped a 0-for-8 streak.
Kassian’s 11th of the season made it 2-0 at 11:27. Karlsson had the puck deep in the right side of the Ottawa zone, but under pressure from Vancouver’s Brad Richardson turned it over to Kassian. The Canucks forward sent a low shot on net that eluded Anderson.
The Senators scored twice in a span of 1:47 later in the first to tie the game, with MacArthur having a hand in both goals.
After Ceci put the Senators ahead in the second, Greening finished the game with an empty-net goal at 18:27 of the third.