Burrows’ breakaway goal ends Canucks’ slide

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

“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.

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“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.