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Canucks 4, Senators 2

Tuesday, 02.08.2011 / 12:44 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 4, Senators 2
Ottawa Senators 2, Vancouver Canucks 4

VANCOUVER — Mikael Samuelsson scored his second goal into an empty net and added an assist as the streaking Vancouver Canucks built an early lead and hung on for a 4-2 win over the struggling Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

Ryan Kesler had a goal and assist, Alex Burrows also scored, and Mason Raymond added three assists as Vancouver won its sixth straight game.

Roberto Luongo made 31 saves for the Canucks, who have only two regulation losses in the last two months (21-2-6). They extended their lead atop the NHL to four points, and remained nine points up on Detroit for first in the Western Conference.

Nick Foligno and Jason Spezza scored less than two minutes apart in the second period to pull Ottawa to 3-2. The Senators hit two posts before the period ended, but failed to convert an early third period power play and finished 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

Brian Elliott made 26 saves for the Senators, who have lost 10 straight (0-8-2).

Burrows opened the scoring on a walkout from behind the net 8:50 into the game, and Kesler doubled the lead 1:10 later, firing his 31st goal of the season over Elliott's glove just 20 seconds after hitting the post on a similar attempt.

Samuelsson converted a nice goalmouth feed from Kesler 2:12 into the game — the pass was made with another players stick after breaking his own and grabbing one off the bench as the play went up ice. But the Canucks, who lost defenceman Keith Ballard to a leg injury 2:23 in, backed off and Ottawa got back into it.

First it was Foligno spinning off a Dan Hamhuis check in the slot and lifting a backhand over Luongo's glove at 5:30. Then Spezza finished off a rare 3-on-0 breakaway by banging in his own rebound after Luongo stopped him 1:47 later.

Sergei Gonchar rang a shot off the post on a power play, and Milan Michalek hit iron behind Luongo on a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush before the period ended.

NOTES: Ballard left after being taken down awkwardly from behind by Michalek and didn't put any weight on his right foot as he hopped to the locker room ... Senators C Jesse Winchester left late in the first period with a lower-body injury ... Samuelsson, who was named the NHL's second star for last week, has nine points his last four games ... Ottawa LW Jarkko Ruutu was a healthy scratch for the second straight game ... The Senators now move on to Calgary, where they'll face the Flames on Wednesday night (9:30 p.m., Sportsnet East, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
08:50
VAN
Alexandre Burrows (14) Wrap-around - ASST: Henrik Sedin (54), Christian Ehrhoff (22)
1 - 0 VAN
10:00
VAN
Ryan Kesler (31) Wrist shot - ASST: Mason Raymond (16), Mikael Samuelsson (23)
2 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
02:12
VAN
Mikael Samuelsson (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Kesler (21), Mason Raymond (17)
3 - 0 VAN
05:30
OTT
Nick Foligno (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Jason Spezza (12), Daniel Alfredsson (17)
3 - 1 VAN
07:17
OTT
Jason Spezza (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Phillips (4)
3 - 2 VAN
3rd Period
19:28
VAN
EN - Mikael Samuelsson (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Mason Raymond (18)
4 - 2 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
03:18
VAN
Aaron Rome  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
13:40
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Slashing against  Daniel Alfredsson
16:33
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Rome
16:33
VAN
Aaron Rome  Misconduct (10 min) against  Chris Neil
16:33
VAN
Aaron Rome  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
16:33
VAN
Aaron Rome  Instigator against  Chris Neil
2nd Period
13:42
VAN
Raffi Torres  Too many men/ice - bench
16:39
OTT
Chris Phillips  Interference against  Mason Raymond
20:00
VAN
Andrew Alberts  Slashing against  Zack Smith
3rd Period
06:23
OTT
Nick Foligno  Tripping against  Mason Raymond
09:04
OTT
Mike Fisher  Slashing against  Jannik Hansen
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
SA: 29TOI: 59:14
Saves: 26EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .897SH: 1 - 1
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
26-8-7
SA: 33TOI: 59:58
Saves: 31EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .939SH: 0 - 0