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Canucks chase Lundqvist, double up Rangers

By Larry Fleisher

PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Canucks became the latest

team to jump ahead at Madison Square Garden. As opposed to

previous visitors, they added more goals and held on.

Alex Burrows scored twice and defenseman Mattias Ohlund notched

three assists as the Canucks continued to roll with a 6-3

victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

Kyle Wellwood, Ryan Johnson, Pavol Demitra and Daniel Sedin also

tallied for the Canucks, who improved to 5-0-2 in their last

seven games.

"We came out really strong," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said.

"We were able to capitalize on some of our chances."

Taylor Pyatt and Jannik Hansen each recorded a pair of assists

and captain Roberto Luongo made 39 saves for Vancouver, which

has gone 3-0-1 over its last four road games.

Captain Chris Drury, Aaron Voros and Ryan Callahan scored for

New York, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

"We weren't where we needed to be," Rangers coach Tom Renney

said. "Again, we come out with good intentions and all those

kind of things, but we seem not to quite be there. A couple of

bad breaks and they are up 3-0, and they are on their way."

Henrik Lundqvist allowed five goals on 17 shots before being

replaced by Stephen Valiquette 5 1/2 minutes into the second

period. Valiquette turned aside all 15 shots he faced.

"Sometimes it doesn't have to be that the goalie is playing

bad," Lundqvist said. "Sometimes you need a change, a momentum

change. I think it was a good call."

Burrows recorded his third career two-goal game, scoring on a

shorthanded breakaway midway through the first period and

tallying just 83 seconds into the middle session.

"That's what you want," Burrows said of scoring off turnovers.

"Get on their D and put some pressure on them and create some

turnovers. That's how we're going to create our offense."

The Canucks also improved to 7-0-1 when leading after two

periods while joining the Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins and

Ottawa Senators as the fourth straight visitor to the Garden to

open a lead. The Oilers and Bruins all built two-goal

advantages, while the Senators had a one-goal edge.

The Rangers managed to earn five of a possible six points over

that span. But in this one, New York was unable to overcome a

pair of four-goal deficits.

"We have been going pretty good with all the points," Drury

said. "The record indicates that. Our stats have been poor,

and that really caught up to us tonight."

The Canucks improved to 9-0-0 when scoring at least four goals

and began their early onslaught on Wellwood's eighth goal of the


Ohlund started the play with a long pass to Wellwood, who split

defensemen Michal Rozsival and Dmitri Kalinin before deking

Lundqvist to the ice and sliding it around the goaltender's

right pad just 4:16 into the game.

For its second goal, Vancouver also capitalized on a misplay by

a blue-liner.

Wade Redden attempted to make a cross-ice pass from the left

point, but the puck got caught in his skates. Hansen grabbed it

and dished to Burrows, who easily skated ahead of Redden and

fellow defenseman Dan Girardi and beat Lundqvist low to the

stick side for his fifth tally of the campaign and first in

eight games.

"We scored a lot of goals early, especially against a goalie

like that," Luongo said. "It was some great plays in the first

on both of our goals. It's not going to happen every day, so

we'll take it."

Turnovers continued to aid the Canucks as they needed less than

2 1/2 minutes in the second period to double their advantage.

Burrows tallied 83 seconds into the session after Brandon

Dubinsky coughed up the puck in the left faceoff circle, and

Johnson beat Lundqvist to the stick side from the doorstep at

2:21 after a turnover by rookie Lauri Korpikoski.

"That was our focus at the start of the second," Vancouver

defenseman Willie Mitchell added. "We knew we came out and

accomplished what we wanted in the first, getting up 2-0. We

just said, 'We've been in the position before and getting that

third goal is the driver's-seat goal.' It kind of takes the

wind out of the sails. Two goals (up), they score one, they're

back in it. To get that third one, it gives us real breathing


Drury scored a power-play goal at 3:12 to get the Rangers on

the board, but Demitra chased Lundqvist 2:21 later with a shot

from the top of the left circle that caromed into the net off

the right goalpost during a two-man advantage.

"We had some good chances and we found a way to get (the puck)

behind (Lundqvist)," Burrows said. "That 5-on-3 was a great

play by Pavol, and even Johnnie's (Johnson's) goal was inside

the post. And Wellie's goal was a nice move. He couldn't do a

lot on those plays, and we're happy he wasn't in the net after."

"We talked about it after the first period," Luongo said.

"After that Long Island game (on Monday), we were up 1-0 after

the first and we didn't play very well in the second. So we

wanted to make sure we were ready to play coming out of the

second. We got three quick goals, which is huge."

Voros made it 5-2 at 8:33, when the puck banked in off a

sprawled Luongo after being thrown into the crease, and Callahan

drew the Rangers within two when he tipped a pass from former

Canucks captain Markus Naslund over Luongo's left pad at 7:45 of

the third.

"They are one of the top teams in the league," Vigneault said.

"We battled hard and made it an interesting finish."

Sedin sealed the win with an empty-netter in the game's final




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