Huberdeau lifts Panthers over Canucks 3-2 in SO

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Jonathan Huberdeau scored the only goal in a shootout to lift the Florida Panthers over the slumping Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Shawn Matthias and Brad Boyes had the goals for Florida (6-12-4), which got 27 saves from Tim Thomas.

Jannek Hansen and Chris Higgins scored in regulation for Vancouver (11-8-4). Roberto Luongo finished with 34 saves through regulation and overtime as the Canucks lost their fifth straight.

Vancouver has six goals during the five-game slide.

The Canucks killed off a 2-minute penalty in overtime, with Luongo making a huge pad stop on Huberdeau. Vancouver then took control in the final minute of the extra period, but couldn't find a way to beat Thomas.

The 39-year-old goalie, who led the Boston Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup in a seven-game victory over Vancouver, had not given up a goal at Rogers Arena since Game 5 of the final.

Playing his second game after a long absence with a lower-body injury, Hansen jumped on a bad clearing attempt from Panthers forward Tomas Fleischmann and wired a shot past Thomas for his third goal of the season at 2:35 of the third period to snap a 1-all tie.

After the teams exchanged chances, Matthias tied it for the Panthers by ripping his third of the season past Luongo from the slot at 8:34.

Down 1-0 after a lackluster first period, the Canucks came out with some renewed intensity in the second and were rewarded when Higgins beat Thomas through a maze of legs for his seventh goal of the season at 3:26.

Thomas, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP with Boston in 2011, then made a big stop on Alexandre Burrows before Daniel Sedin sent a shot from the right circle just wide.

Luongo didn't have much to do in a second period that lost steam after Vancouver's initial surge, but did make a good save on streaking forward Nick Bjugstad with under 2 minutes to go.

Florida opened the scoring at 3:43 of the first period against the NHL's No. 1 penalty killing unit. With Canucks forward Jannik Hansen off for goalie interference, Aleksander Barkov's shot off the post bounced right to Boyes, who beat a down-and-out Luongo for his eighth of the season.

That goal seemed to stun the Canucks, who looked like a team that thought it was going to have an easy night against the second-worst team in the Eastern Conference.

Vancouver's 26th-ranked power play went to work midway through the period, but the Panthers had the best chance when Luongo was forced to make a big save on Marcel Goc's breakaway.

Burrows, yet to score in 11 games this season, hit the post on a Florida power play with about 5 minutes to go in the period.

NOTES: Canucks forward Dale Weise returned to the lineup after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury. He took the place of David Booth, who has one goal and two assists in 13 games this season. ... Former members of the Panthers on the current Canucks roster include Luongo, Booth, Higgins, Mike Santorelli and Jason Garrison. ... Luongo, who was with the Panthers from 2000-06 before being dealt to the Canucks, still ranks first among Florida goalies in wins (108), games (317) and shutouts (26). ... The Panthers had won two of three coming into the game, including a 4-1 victory over Colorado on Saturday that was the 200th win of Thomas' career. Thomas took last season off before signing with Florida during training camp. ... The Canucks continue their six-game homestand Friday against Columbus. ... The Panthers travel to Edmonton to play the Oilers on Thursday for the third game of their four-game road trip. ... The Canucks and Panthers meet again March 16 in Sunrise, Fla.

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