NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Vancouver
(Saturday, January 16th)
Final Score: Vancouver 6, Pittsburgh 2
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Alexandre Burrows kept his torrid goal- scoring pace going with another tally, and Vancouver took advantage of Pittsburgh's backup netminders in a 6-2 victory at GM Place.
Burrows has been the league's hottest scorer of late, as he now has 11 goals over his last seven games for the Canucks, who snapped a three-game losing streak with Saturday's win. Henrik Sedin added a goal and two assists to increase his league-leading point total to 67; Sedin has also been on a torrid pace in the last couple months, as he has recorded two or more points in 16 of the team's last 25 games.
"It took us a little bit of time to find our legs there, but in general I'm really proud of the way our guys competed tonight," said Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault. "(Pittsburgh's) a very strong team with a lot of skill."
Jannik Hansen and Mikael Samuelsson added a goal and an assist each, while Ryan Kesler and Willie Mitchell also scored. Roberto Luongo made 22 saves in the victory.
Matt Cooke and Evgeni Malkin scored for Pittsburgh, which finished a five-game Canada road trip with a 3-2-0 record. The Penguins were playing without Marc- Andre Fleury (finger) and backup Brent Johnson, who is on IR, so they were forced to go to John Curry, who allowed five goals on 14 shots in his third career start.
Curry was pulled in the second period in favor of Alexander Pechurski, who made 12 saves in is first NHL action.
The Penguins actually held a 1-0 lead after Malkin's goal 7:32 into the game, but the Canucks scored the next five to all but seal the victory.
Sedin notched his 21st goal of the year with 5:18 remaining in the opening period to tie the game, and Burrows kept his ridiculous goal-scoring pace going with a shorthanded tally at the 18:37 mark for a 2-1 lead after one period.
The Canucks then dominated the opening portion of the second, knocking Curry out of the game.
Samuelsson extended Vancouver's lead to 3-1 with his 16th goal 1:22 into the frame, and Hansen made it a three-goal game just 1:42 later. Mitchell continued the flurry with another goal 52 seconds after that one, prompting Pittsburgh to make the change.
Cooke stopped the surge when he got the Pens back to within 5-2 at the 11:54 mark. Tyler Kennedy streaked down the right side of the ice until he saw Cooke in the slot; he deftly passed the puck to him in front of the net, where Cooke shot the puck past the screening Jordan Staal and Luongo for his 10th goal.
But Kesler quickly restored Vancouver's four-goal margin on the power play. Samuelsson rocketed a slapshot from the top of the slot, and Kesler knocked it down mid-flight past Pechurski and into the net with 6:52 left.
Neither team scored in the third period that was largely used to garner penalty minutes, as a total of 26 minutes were assessed on both clubs combined in the final stanza.
Sedin has 43 points in his last 25 games...Vancouver has won seven of its last eight games against Pittsburgh...Daniel Sedin and Mason Raymond had two assists apiece for the Canucks.
01/17 01:41:44 ET