Monday night was just more of the same.
“They had the puck a lot tonight,” Tortorella said of the trio. “They’ve been consistent so we’ll keep them together and see where we go with it.”
After the teams traded goals early in the third period, Kesler and the Sedins played keep-away in the Washington zone to give Vancouver the lead for good.
“Resiliency. You go down early in the third and we find a way to battle back and get the go-ahead (goal),” said Kesler, who along with the Sedins played more than 23 minutes. “That’s the way our team’s been all year.”
“When the Kesler goal was scored it was my guy, I was kind of playing position as center and the third goal, he make a great move and (Capitals forward Marcus Johansson) was kind of guessing,” he said. “Two shifts cost us the game.”
Kesler has five goals and three assists in his past five games since being paired with the Sedins after scoring just once in the first six games of the season.
Luongo made 17 saves to get the victory, while Zack Kassian also scored for Vancouver (9-4-1), which played at Rogers Arena for the first time since Oct. 12. Henrik Sedin’s assist on the winner extended his point streak to nine games.
Jason Chimera, with a goal and an assist, and Mikhail Grabovski scored for Washington (5-7-0), which got 38 stops from Neuvirth.