VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Brendan Morrison and Ryan Kesler scored 32 seconds apart to break open a tie game in the third period and lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Sunday night.

Daniel Sedin added his second goal of the game on a power play with 1:47 left as the Canucks improved to 12-1 at home and retook the lead in the Northwest Division.

Trevor Linden and Sedin staked Vancouver a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Boston tied it in the second before Alexei Zhamnov’s four-minute penalty for high-sticking allowed the Canucks to go back in front on the power play.

Morrison’s attempted pass through the crease deflected off Boston defenseman Brad Stuart and through goalie Hannu Toivonen’s legs at 4:33. Kesler broke in on a 2-on-1 on the next shift and ripped a wrist shot past Toivonen’s blocker on the far side. Brad Isbister and newcomer Marco Sturm scored for the Bruins, who lost for the first time in three games since trading captain Joe Thornton to San Jose on Wednesday.

Glen Murray, tied for the Boston lead with 12 goals, had an assist in his first game after missing five with a groin injury.

Toivonen, starting ahead of Andrew Raycroft for a third straight game despite playing in Edmonton on Saturday night, made 34 saves.

Islanders 2, Red Wings 1

DETROIT – Mike York scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:57 remaining and the New York Islanders beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1.

Sabres 6, Avalanche 4

DENVER – Derek Roy pushed the puck past Peter Budaj with 2:27 left to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-4 victory over Colorado after the Avalanche had rallied from three goals down to tie.


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