Kevin Bieksa played impromptu goalie and goal scorer in the final seconds to save the Vancouver Canucks.
Shortly after altering a shot with the net empty, the defenseman flew back down the ice to knock in the tying goal with 34.1 seconds remaining in regulation.
From there, Mason Raymond and Roberto Luongo took over. Raymond scored the lone goal in the shootout and Luongo stopped all three shots as the Canucks rallied for a 3-2 win over the struggling Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
''Plays like (Bieksa) made enable you to get points,'' Raymond said. ''We'll take it.''
Trailing 2-1 with 1:33 remaining, the Canucks pulled Luongo for an extra skater. Soon after, T.J. Galiardi had a chance to cement the win for the Avalanche, but missed the empty net.
Hardly by accident. Bieksa positioned himself in such a way that caused Galiardi to sail his shot wide.
Then, Bieksa made it a costly misfire as he blasted a shot past Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Not bad for a new stick.
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