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NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Washington



(Saturday, January 31st)

Final Score: Vancouver 6, Washington 1

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Markus Naslund, Trevor Linden and Sami Salo each tallied a goal and an assist, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 6-1 pounding of Washington at the MCI Center.

Brad May, Wade Brookbank and Jarkko Ruutu also lit the lamp for Vancouver, which has won five straight by a combined score of 22-10. Dan Cloutier made 15 saves in the win.

Robert Lang scored the lone Washington goal, as the Capitals had a two-game winning streak snapped. Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig was peppered with 40 shots, and saved just 34.

The Capitals are 0-3 in their last three matchups with the Canucks and have been outscored 17-2 in those games.

This one started out much the same, as Vancouver needed just 26 seconds for its first goal. May scored his third on a rebound for the early 1-0 lead.

Washington came right back to tie it on Lang's 25th of the season just 50 seconds later, but the Canucks scored five unanswered goals to end the game.

Brookbank's first NHL goal, a rebound in the slot, gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead at 7:54 of the second period. The Canucks then scored four straight power-play goals.

Naslund's wrister from the right circle made it 3-1 at 13:32 of the second period, and Linden's 5-on-3 tally at 19:19 gave Vancouver a 4-1 advantage.

"It helped to have our power play working and we really capitalized on the 5- on-3," said Naslund. "When we take advantage of the power play, it is tough to stop us."

Ruutu tallied just 38 seconds later to make it a 5-1 game with just three seconds remaining in the period, and Salo wrapped up the scoring with a slap shot from the right circle just 1:24 into the third period.

"The two 5-on-3s made a huge difference, but I was more impressed with how we played 5-on-4," said Vancouver coach Marc Crawford. We were very determined with the puck."

Vancouver now has a league-leading 16 wins on the road.

Game Notes

Magnus Arvedson, who had two goals in each of Vancouver's last two games, left the game in the first period with a right knee injury...The Canucks have won three straight, and six of the last eight meetings with Washington...Naslund and Lang entered the game tied for the NHL lead with 61 points, but Naslund's two-point performance has given him a one- point lead over Lang.

02/01 01:32:11 ET


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