Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) – Christopher Tanev scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Vancouver Canucks edged the Winnipeg Jets, 2-1, for their sixth straight victory at home.
Eddie Lack earned the win with 15 saves in relief of starter Roberto Luongo, who departed at 16:30 of the first period with a lower-body injury.
Brad Richardson picked up the other goal on a power play for the Canucks, who improved to 9-1-1 in December.
Ondrej Pavelec made 23 saves for Winnipeg, which has dropped five of seven.
Tanev gathered Zack Kassian’s behind-the-net feed and beat Pavelec with a wrister from the high slot with 9:37 remaining.
Richardson staked the Canucks to a 1-0 lead 10:09 into the contest. His deflection of a Dan Hamhuis shot was upheld following a video review to see if his stick was above the crossbar.
Evander Kane, a Vancouver native, pulled the Jets even on a second-period power play, one-timing a Blake Wheeler pass from the slot with 8:38 left.
Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa played in his 500th NHL game … The Canucks have won four straight at home over Winnipeg.
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