WINNIPEG - This time, the Vancouver Canucks didn’t cave in the third period.
Erasing a 2-1 deficit on Alexandre Burrows' second goal of the night midway through the third, the reeling Canucks defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 3-2, in a Wednesday night shootout, stopping the bleeding and perhaps relieving the pressure on embattled head coach John Tortorella.
Playing two days after giving up seven third-period goals in a loss to the New York Islanders, Vancouver won for just the third time in 15 games.
The Jets, meanwhile, have now lost five straight and continue to squander chances to climb in the playoff race.
Michael Frolik gave the Jets a 2-1 lead early in the third period, on a slick, cross-ice pass from Olli Jokinen.
Burrows tied it by batting the puck out of mid-air past Ondrej Pavelec.
Overtime saw the teams go end-to-end without a whistle for the entire five minutes, with scoring chances at both goals.