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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The only think that's changed with Henrik Sedin's offense, is that now his shots are becoming goals.
Sedin scored with 6:26 left to complete Vancouver's rally from a two-goal deficit in the third period and lift the Canucks into a 2-2 tie Sunday night with the Florida Panthers.
The goal was Sedin's fifth this season and fourth in seven games.
"I'm managing to put the puck in the net, that's the biggest difference," Sedin said. "I had a lot of chances before, too, but it seemed like I wasn't able to score. Right now, the puck is going in and it gives you confidence."
After a wild sequence in the Florida end, Henrik cut toward the top of the crease and one-timed a pass from twin brother Daniel through a crowd and past Steve Shields. The goal also extended his point streak to five games.
"I'm trying to take more pucks to the net, but I've tried to do that all year," added Henrik, who has three goals and three assists during his streak.
Valeri Bure scored both goals, and Shields made 27 saves for the Panthers, who blew a third-period lead for the second straight night.
Shields, who played only 18 minutes since his last start on Nov. 28, ended Roberto Luongo's franchise record of 18 straight starts. But he failed to end his 21/2-month winless streak.
Florida coach Rick Dudley was satisfied with his team's play, especially after a 4-2 loss in Calgary on Saturday. He was less pleased, however, that there wasn't a whistle when Florida defenseman Pavel Trinka was prone on the ice just before the tying goal was scored.
"With a defenseman laying on the ice profusely bleeding, they scored a goal and that kind of bothered me a little bit," Dudley said. "Normally when you see blood you get a whistle. We got some bad breaks and we also had a very difficult situation where they tied it up with about six or seven minutes left, but we hung in there and that's a big thing."
Mattias Ohlund scored 7:02 into the third for Vancouver, and hit the post with 12 seconds left in an overtime period in which the Canucks killed off a Florida power play.
Alex Auld made six of his 29 saves in overtime, including a close-range stop of Bure. Vancouver is 0-3-2 in five home games despite winning a franchise-record seven straight on the road.
"We were lucky to get one point," Ohlund said. "We're not going to win against any team in the league playing the way we did the first 20 minutes. We haven't played good at home. It's something we have to change."
Despite playing Saturday, the Panthers outshot Vancouver 8-3 in the first period.
Bure opened the scoring with 53.1 seconds left in the first, pouncing on Mattias Ohlund's turnover inside the Vancouver blue line. He skated in alone and snapped a shot over Auld's glove.
Bure doubled the Panthers lead with 1:16 left in the second when his shot from the right point deflected in off Ohlund. The goal came four seconds after the first penalty in Florida's two-man advantage expired.
"It's frustrating in a way, we go into the third period leading, but on the other hand we're playing pretty good hockey clubs," Bure said. "To get a 2-0 lead after two periods is significant for our hockey club. We have to learn to shut it down and be more relaxed in the third and just maybe get the puck out with easier plays."
The Canucks came out flying to start the third, and Ohlund made up for his earlier miscues by beating Shields at 7:02.
"Once in a while you have those games and you just have to battle through it," Ohlund said.
Florida lost rookie Nathan Horton to a left shoulder injury late in the first period.
Horton, the No. 3 pick in last year's NHL draft, got tangled up with Canucks defenseman Brent Sopel and slid headfirst into the end boards. After being attended to on the ice, the 18-year-old center went to the dressing room clutching his left arm tight to his body.
"I talked with him between periods and he said it was sore but it didn't pop out of joint, which was key," Dudley said. "I don t think it's a long-term thing."
Horton has scored 10 goals, including four in four games, to rank third on the Panthers and fifth among NHL rookies. Dudley said he might be able to play Tuesday in Edmonton.
|Valeri Bure (12) ASST: NONE|
1 - 0 FLA
|PPG - Valeri Bure (13) ASST: Mike Van Ryn (11), Mikael Samuelsson (4)|
2 - 0 FLA
|Mattias Ohlund (7) ASST: Markus Naslund (27), Trevor Linden (15)|
2 - 1 FLA
|Henrik Sedin (5) ASST: Daniel Sedin (20), Ed Jovanovski (13)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Mike Van Ryn Hooking|
|Marek Malik Holding|
|Markus Naslund Tripping|
|Bryan Allen Boarding|
|Mathieu Biron Hooking|
|Darcy Hordichuk Roughing|
|Wade Brookbank Roughing|
|Andreas Lilja Slashing|
|Mathieu Biron Slashing|
|Brendan Morrison Tripping|
|Bryan Allen Cross checking|
|Marek Malik Slashing|
|Henrik Sedin Hi-sticking|
|Andreas Lilja Fighting (maj)|
|Ed Jovanovski Fighting (maj)|