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Burrows scores twice as Canucks keep rolling

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Alexandre Burrows has

plenty of reasons to celebrate.

Hours after agreeing to terms on a new contract extension,

Burrows netted a pair of goals to lead the Vancouver Canucks to

their third straight win, a 3-2 victory over the slumping

Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

"Starting with the contract, I think we're very happy that it

got done," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "I know that

Alex wanted to continue his career here in Vancouver and both

parties made some concessions and they found a way to come to an

agreement. I think, for our team, that's excellent. He came

over tonight and he played a real solid game."

Pavol Demitra and Steve Bernier scored 28 seconds apart in the

second period and captain Roberto Luongo made 17 saves for the

Canucks, who overcame an early two-goal deficit en route to

their 11th win in 13 contests.

Dan Fritsche and defenseman Marek Zidlicky both scored in the

opening session and All-Star Niklas Backstrom stopped 28 shots

for the Wild, who have lost four consecutive games.

"I think we have to look at the tape of what we're doing wrong

because we played a good first and third (period), and we need

to play all three periods like that," said Backstrom, who signed

a four-year, $24-million contract earlier in the day.

Burrows, who agreed to a four-year extension before the game,

started the comeback at 9:57 of the first period just three

seconds after Vancouver's power play had expired. The

27-year-old deflected Willie Mitchell's shot from the right

point past Backstrom.

"I'm playing on a good team that has a chance to win a Stanley

Cup and that's what you want as a young boy and as a hockey

player," Burrows said. "That's my second dream after being in

the NHL. Now it's win a Stanley Cup. That's what I'm going to

work on."

"I think it was a great move for the team to retain a guy like

that," Luongo said of Burrows' extension. "He's a big part of

our team."

Demitra leveled the contest at 2-2 with 2:04 remaining in the

middle session, and Bernier forced a turnover in front of the

net and scored to give the Canucks the lead just 28 seconds


"We played good," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "Take out

five, six minutes of it and it's fine. You look at the third.

We got caught once and they scored."

Burrows provided some breathing room with 6:57 left in the third

period, tucking a backhander between the pads of Backstrom to

make it 4-2. It was Burrows' 18th goal of the season.

"What a great play by the twins," Burrows said of his second

goal, which was assisted by the Sedin brothers. "It started

deep in our end and just followed up and (Daniel) made a great

play to (Henrik) and he was so patient.

"I don't know how he saw me coming from behind him, but he did

and perfect saucer right on my tape and I was in full stride.

So he put it right there and I just had to put it in."

Henrik Sedin collected two assists for Vancouver, which has won

six home games in a row.


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