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Kesler lifts Canucks past Sens

Dec 11, 2011 - 5:08 AM
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Ryan Kesler had two goals and an assist, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Alexander Edler and Dale Weise also lit the lamp for the Canucks, who have won four in a row. Roberto Luongo made 24 saves.

"Wins on the road are huge in this league," said Edler. "We played hard tonight and we're able to get some early goals."

Colin Greening scored the lone goal for the Senators, who have dropped three straight and five of six. Craig Anderson turned aside 24-of-28 shots.

"It was a tough game out there tonight and we just didn't get the result we wanted," said Anderson.

The Canucks drew first blood just 1:10 into the game. While on the power play, Edler fired a wrister from the right point that beat Anderson.

Kesler scored his first goal of the night 8:23 into the first period. Jannik Hansen led a 2-on-1 rush down the left side of the ice and passed to the slot for Kesler, whose tip-in got past Anderson for a 2-0 edge.

Vancouver added another power-play goal at the 8:35 mark of the second stanza. Kesler jammed home a loose puck in the crease for a 3-0 lead.

Greening put home a rebound with 1:12 left in the middle stanza to make it 3-1.

But Weise put the game out of reach with a late third-period goal.

Game Notes

The Canucks have won five straight and nine of their last 10 games against Ottawa...Vancouver has won five in a row on the road...Canucks forward Chris Higgins played after missing two games with a staph infection in his foot...Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar missed the game with an upper body injury.