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Burrows' breakaway goal ends Canucks' slide

Feb 4, 2009 - 7:05 AM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Alex Burrows did not miss his chance to end a pair of losing streaks for the Vancouver Canucks.

Burrows scored on a breakaway with 82 seconds remaining in the third period as the Canucks snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

With defenseman Mattias Ohlund in the penalty box for hooking, Burrows picked up a loose puck at the red line and skated into the offensive zone. He pulled the puck to his backhand side, beating goaltender Cam Ward glove side for his 12th goal of the season.

"First of all, I went out there to kill (the penalty) and that was the main goal: to kill the penalty because we had given up two goals (on power plays)," Burrows said.

"I saw (Ryan) Kesler in a 1-on-1 race and I knew if he was going to be able to get (to the loose puck) first, I would have a breakaway. He did a really good job moving it forward and he got the puck out for me and I was able to go to my go-to move, so it's pretty neat."

The tally sealed the win, ending an 0-5-3 slide for the Canucks. They had also lost each of their last nine games at General Motors Place.

"It's not a matter of being relieved, it's a matter of working to win games and get rewarded for the effort that's being put out," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "That streak was on everybody's minds though and it was taking a life of its own there, so it made it a little bit more challenging.

"But our guys battled and battled hard and (Burrow's) goal at the end there - there's a guy that throughout all this has played consistent. He made some mistakes but he fought through them and showed poise and he did show poise on that goal."

Mats Sundin, defenseman Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kesler also scored for Vancouver and All-Star Roberto Luongo turned aside 24 shots to earn his first win in six starts since returning from a groin injury on January 15.

"We needed that big time," Luongo said of the win. "Guys I figure are just relieved that we got it out of the way now and we can start really focusing on winning some games.

"That's what it's all about - finding ways to win. We were down a man with three minutes left in the game and we scored one. Good teams do that. They find ways to win no matter what the circumstances are and tonight we did that."

Eric Staal and blue-liners Joe Corvo and Joni Pitkanen tallied while Ward finished with 20 saves for the Hurricanes, who dropped to 4-2-0 in their last six games.

"You give up a shorthanded goal in whatever it was, 1:20 left, that never feels nice," Staal said. "That can't happen. We can't make that mistake. It's unfortunate. It doesn't feel good now, but there's not much you can do about it."

"If we don't make the playoffs, these are the games we're going to look back on," Corvo said. "We're on the power play with a minute or something left, we've at least got to get a point out of this."

Determined to end their long drought, it looked as though the Canucks would wrap up the game early after opening the scoring 2:21 into the first period - 13 seconds after captain Rod Brind'Amour was sent to the penalty box for tripping.

Bieksa's shot from the right point managed to squeeze under Ward's arm for the defenseman's seventh goal of the season.

Vancouver doubled its lead 10:20 later when Kesler's one-timer from the right faceoff circle beat Ward on the glove side.

But Carolina evened the score with a pair of goals 25 seconds apart in the second period.

"Obviously we came out flat and that's understandable, it was a long flight," Corvo said. "We can make excuses, but we got that out of us and I thought in the second period we came out like we wanted to get back in the game and that's what we did.

"We made it a game and I thought from the beginning of the second throughout the rest of the game, our bench was great and we were doing all the right things."

Corvo halved the deficit on the power play with 8:46 left in the second session before Pitkanen's slap shot from the left faceoff circle went between Luongo's pads.

Sundin put the Canucks back on top with 4:50 remaining in the second, stuffing the puck past Ward after circling in front from behind the net.

"A big part of my game is to be productive and produce scoring chances and create scoring chances," said Sundin, who also had an assist to record his first multi-point game since returning to the ice January 7.

"It's always nice when you get to score a goal but saying that, obviously the win was the great thing."

Ohlund was whistled for slashing with 77 seconds left in the second and the Hurricanes capitalized on the penalty 33 seconds into the third period when Staal snapped a one-timer past Luongo from the right faceoff circle after receiving a cross-ice pass from Ray Whitney.








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    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - (PP) KEVIN BIEKSA 7 (HENRIK SEDIN, DANIEL SEDIN) 2:21
    VAN - RYAN KESLER 12 (PAVOL DEMITRA, MATS SUNDIN) 12:41
    2ND PRD: CAR - (PP) JOE CORVO 9 (ERIC STAAL, BRYAN RODNEY) 11:14
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    CAROLINA 3
    VANCOUVER 4
    3RD PRD: VAN - (SH) ALEXANDRE BURROWS 12 (RYAN KESLER) 18:38

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    VANCOUVER 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
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    1ST PRD: VAN - (PP) KEVIN BIEKSA 7 (HENRIK SEDIN, DANIEL SEDIN) 2:21
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