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Canucks chase Lundqvist, double up Rangers

Nov 20, 2008 - 4:32 AM By Larry Fleisher PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Canucks became the latest team to jump ahead at Madison Square Garden. As opposed to previous visitors, they added more goals and held on.

Alex Burrows scored twice and defenseman Mattias Ohlund notched three assists as the Canucks continued to roll with a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

Kyle Wellwood, Ryan Johnson, Pavol Demitra and Daniel Sedin also tallied for the Canucks, who improved to 5-0-2 in their last seven games.

"We came out really strong," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "We were able to capitalize on some of our chances."

Taylor Pyatt and Jannik Hansen each recorded a pair of assists and captain Roberto Luongo made 39 saves for Vancouver, which has gone 3-0-1 over its last four road games.

Captain Chris Drury, Aaron Voros and Ryan Callahan scored for New York, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

"We weren't where we needed to be," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "Again, we come out with good intentions and all those kind of things, but we seem not to quite be there. A couple of bad breaks and they are up 3-0, and they are on their way."

Henrik Lundqvist allowed five goals on 17 shots before being replaced by Stephen Valiquette 5 1/2 minutes into the second period. Valiquette turned aside all 15 shots he faced.

"Sometimes it doesn't have to be that the goalie is playing bad," Lundqvist said. "Sometimes you need a change, a momentum change. I think it was a good call."

Burrows recorded his third career two-goal game, scoring on a shorthanded breakaway midway through the first period and tallying just 83 seconds into the middle session.

"That's what you want," Burrows said of scoring off turnovers. "Get on their D and put some pressure on them and create some turnovers. That's how we're going to create our offense."

The Canucks also improved to 7-0-1 when leading after two periods while joining the Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators as the fourth straight visitor to the Garden to open a lead. The Oilers and Bruins all built two-goal advantages, while the Senators had a one-goal edge.

The Rangers managed to earn five of a possible six points over that span. But in this one, New York was unable to overcome a pair of four-goal deficits.

"We have been going pretty good with all the points," Drury said. "The record indicates that. Our stats have been poor, and that really caught up to us tonight."

The Canucks improved to 9-0-0 when scoring at least four goals and began their early onslaught on Wellwood's eighth goal of the season.

Ohlund started the play with a long pass to Wellwood, who split defensemen Michal Rozsival and Dmitri Kalinin before deking Lundqvist to the ice and sliding it around the goaltender's right pad just 4:16 into the game.

For its second goal, Vancouver also capitalized on a misplay by a blue-liner.

Wade Redden attempted to make a cross-ice pass from the left point, but the puck got caught in his skates. Hansen grabbed it and dished to Burrows, who easily skated ahead of Redden and fellow defenseman Dan Girardi and beat Lundqvist low to the stick side for his fifth tally of the campaign and first in eight games.

"We scored a lot of goals early, especially against a goalie like that," Luongo said. "It was some great plays in the first on both of our goals. It's not going to happen every day, so we'll take it."

Turnovers continued to aid the Canucks as they needed less than 2 1/2 minutes in the second period to double their advantage. Burrows tallied 83 seconds into the session after Brandon Dubinsky coughed up the puck in the left faceoff circle, and Johnson beat Lundqvist to the stick side from the doorstep at 2:21 after a turnover by rookie Lauri Korpikoski.

"That was our focus at the start of the second," Vancouver defenseman Willie Mitchell added. "We knew we came out and accomplished what we wanted in the first, getting up 2-0. We just said, 'We've been in the position before and getting that third goal is the driver's-seat goal.' It kind of takes the wind out of the sails. Two goals (up), they score one, they're back in it. To get that third one, it gives us real breathing room."

Drury scored a power-play goal at 3:12 to get the Rangers on the board, but Demitra chased Lundqvist 2:21 later with a shot from the top of the left circle that caromed into the net off the right goalpost during a two-man advantage.

"We had some good chances and we found a way to get (the puck) behind (Lundqvist)," Burrows said. "That 5-on-3 was a great play by Pavol, and even Johnnie's (Johnson's) goal was inside the post. And Wellie's goal was a nice move. He couldn't do a lot on those plays, and we're happy he wasn't in the net after."

"We talked about it after the first period," Luongo said. "After that Long Island game (on Monday), we were up 1-0 after the first and we didn't play very well in the second. So we wanted to make sure we were ready to play coming out of the second. We got three quick goals, which is huge."

Voros made it 5-2 at 8:33, when the puck banked in off a sprawled Luongo after being thrown into the crease, and Callahan drew the Rangers within two when he tipped a pass from former Canucks captain Markus Naslund over Luongo's left pad at 7:45 of the third.

"They are one of the top teams in the league," Vigneault said. "We battled hard and made it an interesting finish."

Sedin sealed the win with an empty-netter in the game's final seconds.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    VANCOUVER 2 3 1 6
    NY RANGERS 0 2 1 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - KYLE WELLWOOD 8 (MATTIAS OHLUND, TAYLOR PYATT) 4:16
    VAN - (SH) ALEXANDRE BURROWS 5 (JANNIK HANSEN) 9:38
    2ND PRD: VAN - ALEXANDRE BURROWS 6 (JANNIK HANSEN) 1:23
    VAN - RYAN JOHNSON 1 (TAYLOR PYATT, MATTIAS OHLUND)

    Nov 19 10:11 PM


  • NHL
    VANCOUVER 6
    NY RANGERS 3
    3RD PRD: VAN - (EN) DANIEL SEDIN 7 (MATTIAS OHLUND, RYAN KESLER) 19:57

    Canucks 6, Rangers 3  3rd - 0:03Nov 19 10:10 PM


  • NHL
    VANCOUVER 5
    NY RANGERS 3
    3RD PRD: NYR - (PP) RYAN CALLAHAN 6 (MARKUS NASLUND, CHRIS DRURY) 7:45

    Canucks 5, Rangers 3  3rd - 12:15Nov 19 9:47 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    VANCOUVER 2 3 5
    NY RANGERS 0 2 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - KYLE WELLWOOD 8 (MATTIAS OHLUND, TAYLOR PYATT) 4:16
    VAN - (SH) ALEXANDRE BURROWS 5 (JANNIK HANSEN) 9:38
    2ND PRD: VAN - ALEXANDRE BURROWS 6 (JANNIK HANSEN) 1:23
    VAN - RYAN JOHNSON 1 (TAYLOR PYATT, MA

    Nov 19 9:16 PM


  • NHL
    VANCOUVER 5
    NY RANGERS 2
    2ND PRD: NYR - AARON VOROS 7 (NIGEL DAWES, DMITRI KALININ) 8:33

    Canucks 5, Rangers 2  2nd - 11:27Nov 19 8:54 PM


  • NHL
    VANCOUVER 5
    NY RANGERS 1
    2ND PRD: VAN - (PP) PAVOL DEMITRA 4 (HENRIK SEDIN, SAMI SALO) 5:33
    (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Canucks 5, Rangers 1  2nd - 14:27Nov 19 8:49 PM


  • NHL
    VANCOUVER 4
    NY RANGERS 1
    2ND PRD: NYR - (PP) CHRIS DRURY 8 (WADE REDDEN, HENRIK LUNDQVIST) 3:12

    Canucks 4, Rangers 1  2nd - 16:48Nov 19 8:39 PM


  • NHL
    VANCOUVER 4
    NY RANGERS 0
    2ND PRD: VAN - RYAN JOHNSON 1 (TAYLOR PYATT, MATTIAS OHLUND) 2:21

    Canucks 4, Rangers 0  2nd - 17:39Nov 19 8:36 PM


  • NHL
    VANCOUVER 3
    NY RANGERS 0
    2ND PRD: VAN - ALEXANDRE BURROWS 6 (JANNIK HANSEN) 1:23

    Canucks 3, Rangers 0  2nd - 18:37Nov 19 8:34 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    VANCOUVER 2 2
    NY RANGERS 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - KYLE WELLWOOD 8 (MATTIAS OHLUND, TAYLOR PYATT) 4:16
    VAN - (SH) ALEXANDRE BURROWS 5 (JANNIK HANSEN) 9:38
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    VAN 11 11
    NYR

    Nov 19 8:13 PM


  • NHL
    VANCOUVER 2
    NY RANGERS 0
    1ST PRD: VAN - (SH) ALEXANDRE BURROWS 5 (JANNIK HANSEN) 9:38

    Canucks 2, Rangers 0  1st - 10:22Nov 19 7:56 PM


  • NHL
    VANCOUVER 1
    NY RANGERS 0
    1ST PRD: VAN - KYLE WELLWOOD 8 (UNASSISTED) 4:16

    Canucks 1, Rangers 0  1st - 15:44Nov 19 7:46 PM