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Canucks top Senators, run win streak to 6

Feb 8, 2011 - 8:47 AM
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Mikael Samuelsson notched two goals and one assist as Vancouver doubled up Ottawa, 4-2, at Rogers Centre.

Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows also tallied for the Canucks, who have won six straight games and padded their lead atop the NHL standings over idle Philadelphia to four points (79-75).

Roberto Luongo stopped 31-of-33 shots to earn his 26th win of the season and join Carey Price of Montreal and Jimmy Howard of Detroit for most victories by a goaltender in the league.

Nick Foligno and Jason Spezza scored for the Senators, who skidded to their 10th consecutive defeat. Brian Elliott was tagged for three goals on 29 shots in the setback.

Vancouver went up 3-0 at the 2:12 mark of the second period when Samuelsson ripped home a Kesler feed at the top of the crease.

Ottawa got on the board 5 1/2 minutes in, on a backhander by Foligno, then crept within 3-2 less than two minutes later as Spezza knocked in his own rebound from a breakaway.

The Senators nearly tied the game on a power play later in the period on two occasions, but two shots that sailed by Luongo hit the post.

Vancouver failed to pad its lead on two straight power plays in the third period, but eventually got some insurance when Samuelsson hit the empty net with 32 seconds to play.

Spezza said the Senators just need to figure out what they did right in the second half of this game and try to bring that to their next one.

"It doesn't make this one any easier," said Spezza. "We're just not getting the wins. It's frustrating."

Two goals in a 70-second span near the midway point of the first period gave the home team a nice cushion.

Burrows opened the scoring at 8:50 with a wraparound goal, then Kesler gathered a Mason Raymond feed and beat Elliott on a wrister from the left wing at 10 minutes even.

Game Notes

The Canucks have won nine of their last 11 meetings with the Senators since January, 2003...Vancouver defenseman Keith Ballard left the game in the first period and did not return after suffering a lower-body injury...Ottawa's franchise record for consecutive losses is 14, achieved in its first season and lasting from March 2-April 7, 1993.