- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Daniel Sedin and the Vancouver Canucks are beginning to look like contenders again.

Sedin scored 4:05 into overtime to give Vancouver a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

The surprising Canucks (12-5) have won eight of 10 under new coach Willie Desjardins to tie Tampa Bay atop the overall NHL standings.

“It’s nice to touch that threshold,” said goalie Ryan Miller, who made 21 saves. “It’s a nice little checkpoint to say we got there. We’ve got to keep working as a group to get better throughout the year. It’s about being there in the end.”

Sedin scored his second game-winning goal of the season, converting a pass from twin brother Henrik as they each earned their second point of the night.

Shawn Matthias, Alex Burrows and Kevin Bieksa scored for the Canucks in regulation.

“We are happy, obviously,” Bieksa said. “It’s a good start for us. We wanted to get out of the gate early with the way the summer went and all the new changes. A lot of guys coming in wanted to prove themselves and reprove themselves. We’ve got that accomplished so far.”

Vancouver is trying to return to the playoffs after failing to earn a postseason berth last season for the first time since 2008. The poor showing resulted in general manager Mike Gillis and coach John Tortorella getting fired.

“It’s been a different year,” Henrik Sedin said. “We started off with two games, then a week off. It’s been tough, two tough road trips where we were showing we are a good team. We keep winning games. We find ways to win. It’s fun.”

Mike Hoffman, Kyle Turris and Mark Stone scored for the Senators (7-4-4), who lost their third straight. Turris also had an assist.

“It’s great we battled to get a point out of it,” Turris said. “I think we got stronger as the game went on. That’s kind of how we have been playing.”

Playing their fourth game in six nights, the Canucks controlled most of the action. It was their first home game following a difficult four-game road trip that included stops in San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim.

Vancouver outshot the Senators 37-24, including 3-0 in overtime.

“It’s good to come back home after a long trip and show good energy,” Miller said. “We really carried the play in their end, I think.”

Neither team scored in the first period and the game was tied 2-all after the second.

It was the first matchup between the teams since Ottawa beat the Canucks in the Heritage Classic at B.C. Place Stadium in March. Former Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was subsequently traded to Florida after expressing concern to Gillis about his backup role behind Eddie Lack in that game.

Miller received the start over Lack on Tuesday, but faced little action early as Vancouver limited the Senators to three shots in the opening 16:35.

While his teammates struggled, Senators goalie Craig Anderson was perfect in the first period as the Canucks enjoyed a 12-6 edge in shots.

Matthias opened the scoring 6:13 into the second when he took Linden Vey’s pass off the boards, rushed down right wing, cut to the net and beat Anderson with a quick shot.

Anderson’s strong play prevented the Canucks from taking a bigger lead early in the second period as Vancouver again held a large shots advantage.

Hoffman pulled the Senators even midway through the second when he put in rookie Curtis Lazar’s rebound. Burrows gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead with 3:43 left in the period as he tapped in Nick Bonino’s goal-mouth pass.

Turris tied it at 2 about 1 1/2 minutes later following a failed clearing attempt by the Canucks.

Bieksa put the Canucks ahead 3-2 at 5:36 of the third on a shot from the point that appeared to go in off an Ottawa player. But less than 3 minutes later, Stone tied it again as he knocked home a rebound of Turris’ shot off a rush.

“There’s lots of hockey (left),” Desjardins said. “We have to get better as a team. I don’t think we’re playing great.”

NOTES: Vancouver first-line wing Radim Vrbata and D Luca Sbisa missed their second consecutive game with undisclosed injuries. … Ottawa winger Alex Chiasson returned to the lineup after missing three games with a foot injury. … Lazar, a 20-year-old native of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, played an NHL game in his home province for the first time.

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