NHL News: Artemi Pavanov scored the game-winner for Vancouver in OT as the Canucks beat the Ducks 3-2 in OT Wednesday night.
With his team leading 2-1, the Ducks were up by one and heading to overtime.
But the Canucks tied it up when Panarin found Jannik Hansen for a one-timer with just over eight minutes remaining.
The Ducks took a 3-1 lead in the third period.
After scoring twice in the first period, the Canucks led 3-0 just before the final buzzer, and then the Ducks tied it again.
Panarin scored the overtime winner, and the Ducks won it for the third time in four games.
The goal helped Vancouver advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009.
It’s the second time the Canucks have advanced to the conference finals.
After the game, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said the goal gave the Ducks a 3.5-game lead over the Canucks.
He said it showed that we are the better team on a consistent basis.
We had a good game plan.
We made plays.
We got some good goals and some bad goals.
The whole thing was good.
The way we played, we played a solid game.
“Hansen made it 2-0 in the second period, and added an empty-net goal in the fourth.
Panarin scored with 7:23 remaining in the period to give Vancouver the 3-3 tie.
In the fourth period, Panarin had his second goal of the game with 11:29 left in the game.
Boudette said he was looking forward to seeing Panarin again in the postseason.
He added he had confidence in him when he got the chance to play against the Ducks.”
It was a good effort by him. “
I don’t know that he’s going to be the player that we expect him to be, but he was playing well and he’s been good in these playoffs.
It was a good effort by him.
The guys were terrific.”
Ducks forward Ryan Kesler was suspended for two games because of a hit on Anaheim’s Ryan Keslowski in the shootout.
Keslinski was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct.
The Ducks had been playing without their leading scorer, second-leading scorer, and two of the team’s top three defensemen.
The Canucks were without two of their top three goal scorers and their top two penalty killers, as well.
The game featured a lot of physical play, including a late hit from Ducks defenseman Matt Beleskey that sent Keslowsky to the dressing room.
Keslowski returned to the game in the ninth period, but his status for the playoffs is uncertain.
Boudreau indicated Keslisky would be out for a couple of weeks, but the Ducks also have a few other injured players who could miss time.