NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Ottawa
(Thursday, January 18th)
Final Score: Vancouver 2, Ottawa 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Roberto Luongo stopped 34 shots, and the puck bounced the right way for the Vancouver Canucks, as they beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1, on the power of two deflected scores.
Ottawa outshot Vancouver 35-14, but the Senators were undone by two freak bounces that produced goals for the visitors.
Taylor Pyatt and Rory Fitzpatrick scored for the Canucks, who have won three straight and 10 of 11 overall.
Daniel Alfredsson scored the lone goal for the Senators, who had their five- game winning streak snapped with the loss. Ray Emery stopped 12-of-14 shots in the loss.
A shot that deflected in off of Pyatt's skate drew first blood for the Canucks 5:29 into the second period. A slapshot from the top of the left circle found its way through a host of skaters in front of the net, and redirected off Pyatt's skate and past Emery just five and a half minutes in.
Referees conferred over replays to determine whether the goal was valid, but determined that the deflection was unintentional, and the score was confirmed.
Fitzpatrick scored his first goal of the season put the Canucks ahead 2-0 with seven minutes left in the second. Fitzpatrick skated in past the blue line and flipped the puck in on Emery, but yet again a beneficial bounce of the puck went Vancouver's way, as the puck deflected off an Ottawa defenseman and into the back of the net.
Alfredsson cut the Vancouver lead in half with his 17th goal of the year with 11:47 left in the game. Dany Heatley skated into zone, found the Sens captain skating uncovered towards net, slipped puck to him, and the man nicknamed "Alfie" redirected it past Luongo.
Luongo followed by making several great saves during two-man advantage midway through third period to preserve the win.
Ottawa's Pat Eaves was hit in the side of head with a slapshot late in second period, left the game, and did not return...Vancouver won the only meeting between the teams last year, and have won four of five overall...The Canucks swept the Canadian portion of their four-game road trip (Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa) by a 12-2 count, with one more game in Buffalo on Friday.
01/18 22:32:13 ET