Roussel scores in return, Canucks beat Senators 5-2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) It took Antoine Roussel less than two minutes to make an impact.

Roussel scored on his first shift after missing eight months following knee surgery, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Tuesday night.

The goal came just 1:50 into the first period after Roussel took a pass from Adam Gaudette and scored on a backhand.

''I couldn't have written it better,'' said Roussel, who underwent ACL surgery on his right knee last March. ''It was awesome.

''It takes a lot of pressure off my shoulders. I still have a long road to play perfect hockey. It's a step in the right direction.''

Roussel celebrated the goal by patting his heart and then pointing to the spot in Rogers Arena where former Vancouver forward Alex Burrows had been inducted into the Canucks Ring of Honor during a pregame ceremony.

''I thought if I scored, I would give a little respect to my idol,'' Roussel said.

Canucks coach Travis Green was thrilled for Roussel.

''That was awesome,'' Green said. ''I couldn't help but smile on the bench when he scored. It's a long haul for guys when they come back from injury like that.

''Just to see him play, we were happy. To see him score like that, you couldn't script it any better.''

Zack MacEwen, with his first NHL goal, Tanner Pearson, Elias Pettersson and Oscar Fantenberg also scored for Vancouver (14-11-4). Chris Tanev and Gaudette each had two assists for the Canucks, who are 5-8-2 in their last 15 games.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Tyler Ennis scored for the Senators (11-16-1), who lost their fifth consecutive game.

MacEwen's goal came in his 11th career game with the Canucks.

''It's a huge weight off the shoulders for sure,'' the 23-year-old said. ''Just to get the first one, it feels amazing.''

MacEwen said the puck will find its way back to the East Coast.

''I'm sure my parents will be able to find a spot for it maybe until I get a house,'' he said.

The Canucks scored goals 2:28 apart for a quick 2-0 lead and led 4-0 after the first period.

The Senators were reeling but refused to quit. They outshot the Canucks 42-29 and forced Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko to make some big saves.

''You can't give them four goals in the first period,'' Ottawa coach D.J. Smith said. ''We were certainly flat, they capitalized on every chance. We had a lot of chances in the first period.

''That's losing hockey when you spot them four and then you turn it on after that. This team doesn't have success unless we play hard and the first period we were watching.''

Two of Demko's best saves came in the second when he stopped Connor Brown on a breakaway and denied Pageau, who was left alone in the slot.

''I had to weather it,'' Demko said.

Green thought his team got away from its game.

''We have a young group,'' he said. ''You're up 4-0. The way we play, and the way we need to play to have success, we have to have urgency in our game. When you have urgency in your game you skate hard, you get to places, you go through bodies when you need to.

''When you slip a little bit and your urgency level isn't quite as high, you start reaching, you don't skate quite as hard. It's such a fine line between playing well and not playing well. It can change fast.''

Ennis said the game was closer than the score indicated.

''We weren't ready, they pop four on us and it's an uphill climb from there,'' he said. ''We were good for two periods, but the start dictated the whole game.''

Ottawa starting goalie Anders Nilsson lasted just one period, allowing four goals on 15 shots. Marcus Hogberg finished with 13 saves.

NOTES: The Canucks placed defenseman Alex Edler on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. Green said Edler will be evaluated in two weeks. . Pettersson played his 100th NHL game. . Vancouver G Jacob Markstrom is expected back Saturday after being granted a leave of absence to attend his father's funeral in Sweden. . Ottawa G Craig Anderson could return from injury Wednesday in Edmonton.

UP NEXT

Senators: At the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.

Canucks: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

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OTT11-16-1
0112
VAN14-11-4
4015
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Anisimov C00-206/2016:100
M. Borowiecki D00-120/0016:173
E. Brannstrom D00-240/0212:370
C. Brown RW00031/0015:490
L. Brown C00-223/2013:170
T. Chabot D01220/0024:510
F. Chlapik LW00000/0009:020
D. DeMelo D00-320/0220:001
A. Duclair RW01040/0017:400
T. Ennis RW10010/0016:061
R. Hainsey D00010/0019:410
V. Namestnikov LW00-220/1017:153
J. Pageau C10147/4015:063
N. Paul LW00024/2013:473
C. Tierney C00013/5013:090
B. Tkachuk LW01081/1017:456
C. White C01-125/8017:331
N. Zaitsev D00020/0021:100
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Benn D01030/0020:361
B. Boeser RW01010/1218:020
L. Eriksson RW00120/0012:180
O. Fantenberg D10120/0017:452
A. Gaudette C02215/7014:040
B. Horvat C00-1114/13020:220
Q. Hughes D00100/0019:170
J. Leivo LW00030/0013:280
Z. MacEwen C10120/0009:176
J. Miller LW01-124/6017:481
T. Myers D00020/0021:283
T. Pearson LW10120/0213:371
E. Pettersson C10020/2017:451
A. Roussel LW10241/0012:492
T. Schaller LW00011/1014:242
T. Stecher D00100/0020:551
C. Tanev D02000/0217:262
J. Virtanen RW01210/0012:391
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Hogberg 1411340:00
A. Nilsson (L)1541120:00
GOALIESSA
M. Hogberg 14
A. Nilsson (L)15
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
T. Demko (W)4224060:00
GOALIESSA
T. Demko (W)42
Oscar Fantenberg shot on goal (Slap shot)
OTT:GoalsShots
VAN:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • VAN
      07:34GOAL Oscar Fantenberg (Slap shot), Assists: Jake Virtanen and Adam Gaudette
    • OTT
      40.0GOAL Tyler Ennis , Assists: Thomas Chabot and Colin White
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • OTT
      11:59GOAL Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Wrist shot), Assists: Brady Tkachuk and Anthony Duclair
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • VAN
      17:23GOAL Zack MacEwen , Assists: Jordie Benn and Christopher Tanev
    • VAN
      13:58(PP) GOAL Elias Pettersson (Tip-in shot), Assists: Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller
    • VAN
      04:28GOAL Tanner Pearson (Tip-in shot), Assist: Christopher Tanev
    • VAN
      01:50GOAL Antoine Roussel (Backhand shot), Assist: Adam Gaudette
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • VAN
      12:34Brock Boeser penalty Hooking - 2 min.
    • OTT
      01:59Erik Brannstrom penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • VAN
      18:35Christopher Tanev penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • OTT
      13:13Dylan DeMelo penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • VAN
      09:28Tanner Pearson penalty Interference - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
OTT
VAN
Shots on Goal4229
Goals in Power Play01
Faceoff Wins3025
Penalties23
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties00
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
OTT
Shots on Goal42
Goals in Power Play0
Faceoff Wins30
Penalties2
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties0
Misconducts0
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OTT11-16-1
0112
VAN14-11-4
4015
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Anisimov C00-206/2016:100
M. Borowiecki D00-120/0016:173
E. Brannstrom D00-240/0212:370
C. Brown RW00031/0015:490
L. Brown C00-223/2013:170
T. Chabot D01220/0024:510
F. Chlapik LW00000/0009:020
D. DeMelo D00-320/0220:001
A. Duclair RW01040/0017:400
T. Ennis RW10010/0016:061
R. Hainsey D00010/0019:410
V. Namestnikov LW00-220/1017:153
J. Pageau C10147/4015:063
N. Paul LW00024/2013:473
C. Tierney C00013/5013:090
B. Tkachuk LW01081/1017:456
C. White C01-125/8017:331
N. Zaitsev D00020/0021:100
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Benn D01030/0020:361
B. Boeser RW01010/1218:020
L. Eriksson RW00120/0012:180
O. Fantenberg D10120/0017:452
A. Gaudette C02215/7014:040
B. Horvat C00-1114/13020:220
Q. Hughes D00100/0019:170
J. Leivo LW00030/0013:280
Z. MacEwen C10120/0009:176
J. Miller LW01-124/6017:481
T. Myers D00020/0021:283
T. Pearson LW10120/0213:371
E. Pettersson C10020/2017:451
A. Roussel LW10241/0012:492
T. Schaller LW00011/1014:242
T. Stecher D00100/0020:551
C. Tanev D02000/0217:262
J. Virtanen RW01210/0012:391
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Hogberg 1411340:00
A. Nilsson (L)1541120:00
GOALIESSA
M. Hogberg 14
A. Nilsson (L)15
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
T. Demko (W)4224060:00
GOALIESSA
T. Demko (W)42
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
OTT11-16-1
0112
VAN14-11-4
4015
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Anisimov C00-206/2016:100
M. Borowiecki D00-120/0016:173
E. Brannstrom D00-240/0212:370
C. Brown RW00031/0015:490
L. Brown C00-223/2013:170
T. Chabot D01220/0024:510
F. Chlapik LW00000/0009:020
D. DeMelo D00-320/0220:001
A. Duclair RW01040/0017:400
T. Ennis RW10010/0016:061
R. Hainsey D00010/0019:410
V. Namestnikov LW00-220/1017:153
J. Pageau C10147/4015:063
N. Paul LW00024/2013:473
C. Tierney C00013/5013:090
B. Tkachuk LW01081/1017:456
C. White C01-125/8017:331
N. Zaitsev D00020/0021:100
Total2404230/254-21
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Benn D01030/0020:361
B. Boeser RW01010/1218:020
L. Eriksson RW00120/0012:180
O. Fantenberg D10120/0017:452
A. Gaudette C02215/7014:040
B. Horvat C00-1114/13020:220
Q. Hughes D00100/0019:170
J. Leivo LW00030/0013:280
Z. MacEwen C10120/0009:176
J. Miller LW01-124/6017:481
T. Myers D00020/0021:283
T. Pearson LW10120/0213:371
E. Pettersson C10020/2017:451
A. Roussel LW10241/0012:492
T. Schaller LW00011/1014:242
T. Stecher D00100/0020:551
C. Tanev D02000/0217:262
J. Virtanen RW01210/0012:391
Total5802925/306-23
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Hogberg 1411340:00
A. Nilsson (L)1541120:00
GOALIESSA
M. Hogberg 14
A. Nilsson (L)15
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
T. Demko (W)4224060:00
GOALIESSA
T. Demko (W)42
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

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