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Senators overcome Canucks in Heritage Classic tribute game

AP, VANCOUVER

Cody Ceci had a second-period goal as the Ottawa Senators beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 before a crowd of more than 50,000 on Sunday in the all-Canadian Heritage Classic.

The Senators posted their first win in three games to keep pace in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. The Canucks suffered their ninth loss in 10 games to remain on the bubble in their quest for eighth place in the Western Conference.

Clarke MacArthur, Erik Karlsson and Colin Greening also scored for Ottawa, with Greening firing into an empty net with 1 minute, 33 seconds left.

The match was designed as a tribute to the 1915 Stanley Cup final series between eventual champions the Vancouver Millionaires and the Senators.

The Canucks wore maroon and cream-colored replica Millionaires jerseys, while the Senators sported duds similar to those of their predecessors and the coaches wore varsity-style jackets in lieu of their usual suits.

In other league action, Philadelphia’s Vincent Lecavalier scored at 2:45 of overtime as the Flyers rallied from a two-goal deficit to win 5-4 victory against the Washington Capitals.

Trailing 4-2 entering the third period, the Flyers mounted their rally when Jakub Voracek scored a power-play goal at 11:58.

Claude Giroux sent the game to overtime when he scored his second of the game with 65 seconds left in the third. Adam Hall also scored for the Flyers, while Kimmo Timonen had three assists and Steve Mason made 25 saves.

Also on Sunday, the Florida Panthers beat the New York Islanders 5-3 after Scottie Upshall scored twice in the third as part of a four-goal Panthers surge, while in Newark, Matt Nieto scored the go-ahead goal at 6:20 of the third period and Alex Stalock made 21 saves as the San Jose Sharks defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2.

In other games, the Boston Bruins downed the New York Rangers 6-3, the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3, the St Louis Blues overcame the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 and the Anaheim Ducks were 5-3 winners over the Carolina Hurricanes.

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