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Sedin twins too much for reeling Canadiens

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Montreal Canadiens

struggles persisted when Jaroslav Halak was seeing double.

Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin each scored a goal and set up

another as the Vancouver Canucks posted a 4-2 victory over the

reeling Canadiens on Sunday.

Ryan Kesler and defenseman Alex Edler each tallied and Alexandre

Burrows notched two assists for Vancouver, which has won five of

six following a season-high eight-game losing streak.

"I thought we were real solid tonight at both ends of the rink,"

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "We didn't give up a lot of

chances except maybe in the last seven or eight minutes, where

obviously they picked it up.

"But in the first almost 15 minutes there, they only had the

handful of chances and we really dominated that game in all

areas. It was a good team win."

All-Star Roberto Luongo made 25 saves in his 10th start in 11

contests since returning from a groin injury that kept him out

for nearly seven weeks.

"It feels real good," Luongo said. "We played a solid 60

minutes. That's the type of hockey we want to be playing. We

got two goals right away in the first, set a good tempo for the

rest of the match."

Captain Saku Koivu and Andrei Kostitsyn netted goals for the

Canadiens, who have dropped five of their last six contests.

"It's obviously a lot different to play when you have the lead

than when you're chasing from behind, especially when our

confidence is not where it could be and obviously where it

should be," Koivu said. "Like tonight, Vancouver played a

really smart game. They didn't give us any odd-man rushes.

"They played a patient, defensive-minded game. We made a few

mistakes, gave a couple of too many 2-on-1 and 3-on-2 (rushes)

and that was the difference tonight."

Montreal ended a seven-game losing streak on the road and got

its first win on the current six-game road trip with Saturday's

4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. However, Halak and the

Canadiens fizzled in this one and sparked frustrations once

again.

"We were trying everything," Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau said.

"We're trying to find solutions. Obviously there's nowhere to

hide if your best players are not your best players most of the

nights. We need not just them but we need everybody to push

hard.

"We just can't find that spark that gets us going. Every time

we make a mistake, whether it's a big mistake or small mistake,

the puck ends up in our net."

Starting for the second straight game in place of All-Star Carey

Price, Halak was exposed early in the first, when Daniel Sedin

and Edler tallied in a 48-second span midway through the

session.

But Koivu fired a wrist shot from below the right faceoff circle

to cut the deficit to 2-1 with 1:46 remaining in the session.

"It's definitely not easy when you get behind," Canadiens

All-Star Alexei Kovalev said. "In the past it seems to be we're

actually better when we fall behind, but right now we have such

a hard time getting back into the game when we're one or two

goals down. Again, nothing we can do. We just have to keep

playing and keep working on our game."

Henrik Sedin registered his 11th goal of the season with 49

seconds left in the second, wristing the puck past Halak from

the low slot.

"The way we're playing right now, as fragile as we are, it was a

bad timing for a goal," Carbonneau said.

The Canucks ballooned their advantage to 4-1 at 5:54 of the

third, when Kesler took a pass from Mats Sundin and unleashed a

wrister into the vacant net from the slot.

"That's what we will need down the stretch," Burrows said. "One

of the biggest reasons why is we're skating, we're moving our

feet, we're not reacting off what they're doing. We're getting

in there first and if we do that we'll get the power plays and

that's what we need."

Kostitsyn beat Luongo to notch his 100th career point with 2:27

remaining.

Halak finished with 29 saves but was relieved after playing 50

minutes, 51 seconds for Price, who turned aside one shot.

"I'm really disappointed," Carbonneau said. "We talked about a

lot before the trip that we needed to get away from

distractions. We've been on the road for a week now without

distractions and we're not playing better."

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