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Kesler lifts Canucks past Blue Jackets

Mar 2, 2009 - 4:39 AM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Ryan Kesler scored early into the second period as the Vancouver Canucks recorded a 3-1 triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.

Defenseman Sami Salo and Alex Burrows also scored, Mats Sundin notched two assists and All-Star Roberto Luongo finished with 19 saves for Vancouver, which improved to 6-1-0 in its last seven games.

"We're tight defensively and that's good to see," Kesler said. "We were good through the neutral zone and I think it really helps (Luongo) when we're playing like that in front of him."

"I saw a few pucks in the third, but first two periods - not much action," Luongo admitted.

Captain Rick Nash scored and rookie Steve Mason turned aside 27 shots for Columbus, which saw its five-game winning streak against the Canucks come to an end.

"It's been our story all year. Same old thing," Nash said. "(Our) power play doesn't get us any goals. In the new NHL, special teams is a huge deal.

"I keep saying it, but it's true. We've just got to keep working on it, keep it simple. Hopefully this last stretch of games at the end of the season, it will come through for us."

Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock was not thrilled with his team's lack of offense.

"I really think our goaltender and our defense really played well," Hitchcock said. "We've got to get a lot more from some people up front. ... We're not getting a lot of production. I think any time you score two goals on a road trip in three games, you're not getting production.

Salo opened the scoring with five seconds remaining in the first period.

With his team on a 5-on-3 power play, Salo wristed a shot which beat Mason for his fifth goal of the season.

"I don't think Sami scores if Daniel (Sedin) is not in front," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "Mason didn't see anything. As hard as a shot I think he has, part of beating these great quality goaltenders on the first shot is you've got to have traffic in front. Danny did a great job on that play."

Kesler doubled the advantage 1:42 into the second period after deflecting Sundin's blast from the left faceoff circle past Mason for his 19th tally of the campaign.

Nash cut the deficit in half 6:18 into the third period after following up his own rebound and backhanding the puck past Luongo. For Nash, it was his 27th goal of the season, and ninth point - four goals, five assists - in five career games against the Canucks.

Burrows regained the two-goal advantage 5 1/2 minutes later after finishing off a 3-on-1 advantage by blasting a shot from the slot past Mason.

"It's nice that's for sure," Burrows said of the goal. "Like I said the other day, I put some pressure on myself every game, but playing with the (Sedin) twins, I need to put up some points. That's how they're going to be judged and that's how they're going to be successful."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    COLUMBUS 0 0 1 1
    VANCOUVER 1 1 1 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - (PP) SAMI SALO 5 (HENRIK SEDIN, DANIEL SEDIN) 19:55
    2ND PRD: VAN - RYAN KESLER 19 (MATS SUNDIN, MATTIAS OHLUND) 1:42
    3RD PRD: COB - RICK NASH 27 (MANNY MALHOTRA, MARC METHOT) 6:18
    VAN - ALEXANDRE BURROWS 16 (DAN

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    COLUMBUS 1
    VANCOUVER 3
    3RD PRD: VAN - ALEXANDRE BURROWS 16 (DANIEL SEDIN) 11:51

    Blue Jackets 1, Canucks 3  3rd - 8:09Mar 1 10:14 PM
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    COLUMBUS 1
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    3RD PRD: COB - RICK NASH 27 (MANNY MALHOTRA, MARC METHOT) 6:18

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    COLUMBUS 0 0 0
    VANCOUVER 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - (PP) SAMI SALO 5 (HENRIK SEDIN, DANIEL SEDIN) 19:55
    2ND PRD: VAN - RYAN KESLER 19 (MATS SUNDIN, MATTIAS OHLUND) 1:42
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    COB 5 4

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    COLUMBUS 0
    VANCOUVER 2
    2ND PRD: VAN - RYAN KESLER 19 (MATS SUNDIN, MATTIAS OHLUND) 1:42

    Blue Jackets 0, Canucks 2  2nd - 18:18Mar 1 9:04 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    COLUMBUS 0 0
    VANCOUVER 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - (PP) SAMI SALO 5 (HENRIK SEDIN, DANIEL SEDIN) 19:55
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    COB 5 5
    VAN 14 14
    GOALIES: COB - STEVE MASON
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    1ST PRD: VAN - (PP) SAMI SALO 5 (HENRIK SEDIN, DANIEL SEDIN) 19:55
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