TAMPA, Fla. – Elias Petterson and Brock Boeser scored 1:10 apart in the third period and Jake Virtanen and Markus Granlund added empty-net goals in the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Petterson scored his fourth goal in four games in his rookie season. Anders Nilsson made 33 saves in his season debut.
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Brayden Point scored his first goal of the season for the Lightning, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves.
Vancouver withstood an early surge to keep the game close, trailing by a goal entering the third period.
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The persistence was rewarded first when defenceman Derrick Pouliot threw a wrist shot toward the net from the top of the left point that Petterson was able to deflect around Vasilevskiy and inside the post with 8:53 remaining.
Boeser then fired a slap shot from the right circle past Vasilevskiy.
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