NHL: Nilsson, Canucks shut out Senators

OTTAWA, ON – Anders Nilsson made 32 saves in his first game with the Vancouver Canucks, helping them to a 3-0 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday.

Brock Boeser, Alexander Burmistrov and Thomas Vanek scored for the Canucks (2-2-1), who had lost three in a row.

Craig Anderson made 21 saves for the Senators (3-1-2), who had won three straight and lost in regulation for the first time this season.

Senators captain Erik Karlsson made his season debut. The two-time Norris Trophy winner returned after surgery to repair torn tendons in his foot on June 14. He played 22:25.

Nilsson, 27, signed a two-year, $5 million contract as an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The shutout was the third of his NHL career.

The Senators outshot the Canucks 17-4 in the first period, but the Canucks took the lead when Boeser scored a power-play goal at 15:29. Senators coach Guy Boucher used his challenge for goaltender interference, but it was ruled Burmistrov did not interfere with Anderson.

It was the first power-play goal allowed by the Senators. They had killed off 15 straight shorthanded situations this season.

Burmistrov put the Canucks ahead 2-0 with 3:31 left in the second period when he deflected Boeser’s shot.

The goal came 32 seconds after video review ruled the stick of Canucks forward Brandon Sutter was above the height of the crossbar when he tipped the puck into the net.

Vanek scored with 4:48 left in the third period to make it 3-0. It was his 700th NHL point.