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Cowan, Luongo lift Canucks over Lightning

Mar 7, 2007 - 7:49 AM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Jeff Cowan has come out of the blue to star for the Vancouver Canucks.

Cowan scored two goals as the Canucks posted their third straight victory, 5-1, over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Roberto Luongo made 16 saves while Daniel Sedin and defenseman Kevin Bieksa each had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, which is 9-1-1 in its last 11 games.

"What a great effort by the whole team tonight," Cowan said. "We had everyone contributing. Luongo played great for us again tonight. We played hard and we got the two points."

Cowan, who has five goals in his last three games after scoring none in his first 44 contests, gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead 8:44 into the first period when he redirected Brendan Morrison's pass from the top of the crease past goaltender Johan Holmqvist.

The left wing tallied again with 56 seconds left in the third period when he took a pass from Jan Bulis and snapped the puck past Holmqvist for a 5-1 cushion.

Cowan, claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings on December 30, had two goals in a 4-3 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

"It's been a great fit," he said. "Being placed on waivers, it was a tough time not knowing what's gonna happen. But it was nice to be picked up by Vancouver."

Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier scored his league-leading 43rd goal at 6:51 of the second period, when he partially fanned on a shot from the right faceoff circle that fluttered past Luongo.

Lecavalier has 89 points, tying him with teammate Martin St. Louis for second in league scoring.

The Lightning, 7-3-2 in their last 12 games, were held to a season-low 17 shots.

"It was amazing we were able to keep them to such a low total," Luongo said. "We did a great job defensively against their top guys. All in all, it was a really easy night."

Luongo's victory was his 38th this season, tying the franchise record set by Kirk McLean in the 1991-92 campaign.

Tampa Bay entered 10-2-1 in its last 13 road contests, but were no match for the Canucks.

"There's no excuses here, they outplayed us," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "They played hard defensively. I think we had chances to take shots and we didn't take them. When we did have some chances to create offense, they played well defensively.

"The Bottom line is, they were the better team tonight. We don't have too much time to think about it. We've got to get on a plane and get ready to play another one."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 0 1 0 1
    VANCOUVER 1 1 3 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - JEFF COWAN 4 (BRENDAN MORRISON, LUKAS KRAJICEK) 8:44
    2ND PRD: TAM - (PP) VINCENT LECAVALIER 43 (FILIP KUBA, DAN BOYLE)
    6:51
    VAN - KEVIN BIEKSA 11 (DANIEL SEDIN, HENRIK SEDIN) 16:19
    3RD PRD: VAN - (PP) DANIEL SE

    Mar 7 12:27 AM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 1
    VANCOUVER 5
    3RD PRD: VAN - JEFF COWAN 5 (JAN BULIS, MATT COOKE) 19:04

    Lightning vs. CanucksMar 7 12:24 AM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 1
    VANCOUVER 4
    3RD PRD: VAN - (SH) BRYAN SMOLINSKI 15 (UNASSISTED) 6:57

    Lightning vs. CanucksMar 7 12:02 AM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 1
    VANCOUVER 3
    3RD PRD: VAN - (PP) (EN) DANIEL SEDIN 30 (HENRIK SEDIN, KEVIN BIEKSA)
    0:21

    Lightning vs. CanucksMar 6 11:52 PM


  • ------------------------------
    Tampa Bay
    0 1 --1
    Vancouver 1 1 --2
    ------------------------------

    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Vancouver, Jeff Cowan 4 (Brendan Morrison,
    Lukas Krajicek), 8:44. Penalties: J Cowan, Van (high sticking), 3:58;
    T Pyatt, Van (hooking), 18:24.

    SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, Tampa Bay, Vincent Lecavalier 43 (power
    play) (Filip Kuba, Dan Boyle), 6:51. 3,

    Mar 6 11:33 PM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 1
    VANCOUVER 2
    2ND PRD: VAN - KEVIN BIEKSA 11 (DANIEL SEDIN, HENRIK SEDIN) 16:19

    Lightning vs. CanucksMar 6 11:23 PM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 1
    VANCOUVER 1
    2ND PRD: TAM - (PP) VINCENT LECAVALIER 43 (FILIP KUBA, DAN BOYLE) 6:51

    Lightning vs. CanucksMar 6 11:10 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 0 0
    VANCOUVER 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - JEFF COWAN 4 (BRENDAN MORRISON, LUKAS KRAJICEK) 8:44
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAM 2 2
    VAN 4 4
    GOALIES: TAM - JOHAN HOLMQVIS

    Mar 6 10:39 PM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 0
    VANCOUVER 1
    1ST PRD: VAN - JEFF COWAN 4 (BRENDAN MORRISON, LUKAS KRAJICEK) 8:44

    Lightning vs. CanucksMar 6 10:22 PM