Sedin twins lead Canucks past Senators

OTTAWA (Ticker) — Henrik Sedin had a goal and three assists and
twin brother Daniel Sedin registered a goal and an assist as the
Vancouver Canucks jumped out to an early four-goal lead before
holding off the Ottawa Senators, 4-2, on Thursday.

Alexandre Burrows scored and recorded a pair of assists and
Kevin Bieksa also tallied for the Canucks, who have won seven of
their last eight games.

“It seems like we have a different line stepping up every game.
Tonight, it was our turn and things just clicked for us,” said
Daniel Sedin, who skates alongside his brother and Burrows. “We
had some jump early and scoring that first goal got us and the
whole team going. It was a great start for us.”

Roberto Luongo made 25 saves as Vancouver swept the two-game
season series with Ottawa.

“We knew they were coming off a tough road trip, so we talked
about getting a jump on them and getting off to a good start,”
Luongo said. “That’s exactly what we did, and for the most part
we kept it going all night. They fought hard and tried to come
back, but we had our A-game going tonight. It’s a big win for

Dany Heatley and Mike Fisher scored and Antoine Vermette
assisted on both goals for the Senators, who have lost two
straight following a season-high five-game winning streak.

Vancouver used three first-period tallies to jump in front early
and snap the personal-three game winning streak of rookie
goaltender Brian Elliott.

“Often the first game after a road trip seems to be (a) tough
game for the home team and we were obviously aware of that
tonight,” Fisher said. “But they seemed to have more spark at
the start of the game. We knew we could come back and score a
few goals and get back in it, but they’re a good team with a
great goalie and we just fell short.”

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Burrows scored on an assist from Henrik Sedin 3:14 into the
contest then returned the favor a little over midway through the
first period on Henrik Sedin’s 12th of the season.

“My role on our line is pretty easy. It is to bring energy and
find some loose pucks and get (Henrik and Daniel) the puck as
much as I can,” Burrows said. “Of course, I want to contribute
with some goals of my own too, and I was able to do that

A power-play goal from Bieksa made the lead 3-0 with 4:37 to go
in the opening period and the Canucks cruised from there.

Daniel Sedin increased the bulge to four with his team-leading
25th goal of the season before Ottawa netted a pair of goals to
cut the deficit in half entering the third.

Pavol Demitra concluded the scoring with an empty-net goal with
12 seconds left in the contest, preventing the Senators from
capturing a point for the first time in seven games.

“Even though they got off to such a strong start, we knew we had
it in us to battle back,” Vermette said. “We did it in
Minnesota last week, and we just talked about that game and how
we fought our way back into it. That helped us gain a little
energy but the hole was too deep to dig our way out of tonight.”

Elliott made 19 saves for Ottawa.