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Luca Sbisa the overtime hero for Vancouver as Canucks down Winnipeg Jets 3-2

02/04/2015 12:46 EST | Updated 04/05/2015 05:59 EDT
VANCOUVER - Luca Sbisa didn't want to look back on overtime and think about what might have been.

The bruising defenceman jumped up in the play and buried a slick feed from Radim Vrbata on a 2-on-1 break 36 seconds into the extra period Tuesday — his first point in 25 games — as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Winnipeg Jets 3-2.

"You have one point for sure. You don't want to leave the OT with regrets," said Sbisa. "Just go out there and try to win, don't play scared to lose. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn't, but I think you've got to try something in OT."

The Canucks found themselves down 2-1 early in the third when Bryan Little scored his 20th goal of the season on the power play after Ronalds Kenins took a holding penalty, but the rookie forward redeemed himself at 12:32 by ripping home his second goal in just his third NHL game.

"We were just talking in the locker-room that in the third period we had to try and not take a penalty," said Kenins. "I went out my first shift and got a penalty, so that was kind of bad.

"I felt really bad. Lucky I got back that and we turned around and we won the game."

Alexandre Burrows had the other goal in regulation for Vancouver (28-18-3), while Eddie Lack stopped 26 shots in a game where the Jets tried to impose their physical will on the Canucks.

"It was a little chippy out there. It was fun," said Sbisa. "I think we were emotionally involved. I don't think physically we were on their level, but we didn't back down and we kept going."

Blake Wheeler also scored for Winnipeg (26-18-9), while Ondrej Pavelec finished with 30 saves.

"It's the first good game we've played since the (all-star) break," said Jets head coach Paul Maurice, whose team has lost five in a row. "I'm not talking about things being easy or nice or pretty, but our fight was right on.

"You hate the result. You hate losing a game that you fight so hard, but it's fun on the bench, guys are into the game, it's a man's game, it's the way it should be played. I was pleased with everything but the outcome."

After the Jets grabbed the lead in third, Lack kept his team in it with a great glove save on Wheeler with under eight minutes to go just moments before Kenins tied it.

"They're a big, physical team. I thought we pushed back today," said Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins. "Eddie made some big saves in the third that we needed, Kenins (had) a big goal."

After Wheeler and Burrows scored in the first, the Jets looked to have taken the lead with about three minutes to go in the second, but Adam Lowry's rebound effort was disallowed after the officials ruled Winnipeg defenceman Jacob Trouba and Lack were involved in incidental contact on the initial rush.

"He skated right into me and a different guy scored the goal," said Lack. "It's the right call."

Winnipeg had another chance on Lack — who made his first start in place of No. 1 goalie Ryan Miller since Jan. 13 — with 20 seconds to go in the period, but Michael Frolik's backhand on a short-handed breakaway found iron.

Lack's last outing for Vancouver was a 5-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, and the Canucks had scored a combined four goals over his last four starts prior to Tuesday.

"Some guys took the (all-star) break to rest, I took it to work on some stuff," said Lack. "I'm feeling a lot more comfortable out there. Big night."

Notes: The Canucks trail the Jets by a two points in the Western Conference wild card standings with four games in hand. ... Jets forward Evander Kane was a surprising healthy scratch in his hometown. ... Canucks forward Zack Kassian was healthy scratch for the second straight game.

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