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It was eight years ago today that Chris Tanev scored his first goal in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks. It took him a few years for that goal, having already played 62 games over two seasons.

But it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Canucks were tied with the Oilers 2-2 heading into overtime. Daniel Sedin found a loose puck in the offensive zone, slid it to brother Henrik and quickly was able to find a wide-open Tanev pinching to the high-slot.

He took the pass and ripped a shot over the shoulder of Devan Dubnyk for the win. Given it being a game-winner in overtime, he was quickly mauled by his teammates in celebration.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at


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