NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Vancouver
(Tuesday, December 28th)
Final Score: Vancouver 6, Philadelphia 2
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Ryan Kesler extended his point streak to eight games with two goals and an assist, as the Vancouver Canucks dominated the Philadelphia Flyers, 6-2, at Rogers Arena.
Philadelphia was unbeaten (10-0-4) in its last 14 trips to Vancouver. The Canucks changed that on Tuesday night, beating the Flyers at home for the first time since January 17, 1989.
Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, which has won three in a row and seven of eight overall. Manny Malhotra, Jannik Hansen and Jeff Tambellini also lit the lamp.
Roberto Luongo turned aside 35-of-37 shots for the victory.
"We want to measure ourselves against the best and we knew these guys [the Flyers] were at the top," Luongo said. "I think we had a huge first period that really carried us."
Danny Briere had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who were playing their first game in more than a week after losing to Florida last Monday. Jeff Carter also scored for Philadelphia, which started a five-game road trip.
Brian Boucher stopped 24-of-28 shots before he was replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky, who made 19 saves on 21 shots in relief.
Malhotra got the rout started at the 15:46 mark of the first period when he deflected Christian Ehrhoff's shot from the right point.
Just 56 seconds into the second stanza, Kesler fired a shot from the top of the right circle to make it 2-0.
Sedin gave the Canucks a 3-0 lead at the 2:30 mark. Alexandre Burrows controlled the puck at the right circle and slid a pass in front to Sedin, who chipped the disc into the back of the net.
Briere got Philly on the board under a minute later. After Vancouver turned the puck over in its own zone, Briere beat Luongo with a wrister from the slot.
Kesler's power-play goal at the 5:21 mark made it a 4-1 contest. He deflected in a shot from the right circle.
It was 5-1 following Hansen's tip-in just 51 seconds into the third and the Canucks built a five-goal cushion on Tambellini's score at the 7:47 mark.
Carter's power-play score at the 13:14 mark accounted for the final margin.
"From the drop of the puck they were all over us," Flyers defenseman Sean O'Donnell said.
Kesler has seven goals and seven helpers during his point streak...Vancouver improved to 13-3-2 at home this season...Philadelphia went 1-for-5 on the power play.
12/29 03:18:16 ET