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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Home never felt so good for the Canucks.
Mikael Samuelsson scored twice and added an assist, and the Vancouver Canucks returned home to GM Place after playing an NHL-record 14 straight on the road to beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Saturday night.
"We were just excited to get back," Roberto Luongo said after making 13 saves. "It's been such a long time that we haven't played here and guys were just excited to play in front of the home fans."
Samuelsson picked up where he left off at the end of a six-week road trip made necessary because Vancouver hosted the 2010 Olympics. He extended his scoring streak to six games with a power play goal late in the first period, and added his ninth goal of the run - and 30th of the season - on a partial breakaway midway through the second to make it 3-1.
"When you score some goals, you see a lot of net and I do right now," Samuelsson said. "I've scored five in a row (before), but nothing like this."
Samuelsson, who was left off Sweden's Olympic team despite playing well with Daniel and Henrik Sedin en route to the 2006 gold medal, now has seven goals in 10 periods since being moved onto the Canucks' top line with the identical twins.
"No secret those two guys are really good, they find each other really good and right now I try to stay open and get the puck once in a while," Samuelsson said of playing with the Sedins. "We think the game in the same way."
Alex Burrows broke a 1-1 tie on a short-handed breakaway 9:12 into the second period, and Daniel Sedin made it 4-1 on a power play with 3:53 left.
Sami Salo rounded out the scoring on a delayed penalty in the third and Vancouver improved to 5-1-1 in its last seven games and 24-7-1 at home.
"Probably one of our best games of the year tonight," Luongo said.
Jason Spezza scored, and Pascal Leclaire made 30 saves for Ottawa, which has lost five of six since the Olympic break after winning 14 of 16 going into it.
"I don't know what to say about that effort," coach Cory Clouston said. "They played like it was a playoff game and we weren't ready to step our game up."
Playing at home for the first time since Jan. 27, the Canucks didn't look at all road weary, outshooting the Senators 17-2 in the opening period and taking the lead on Samuelsson's power play goal with 2:14 left.
It could have been a lot worse if not for Leclaire.
He made several great saves, including a stellar sliding right pad stop on Ryan Kesler's one-timer after a 2-on-1 feed with 6:21 left in the period.
"We knew they were going to come out hard," Leclaire said. "They've been away from home for such a long time with all the Olympic stuff and they are a pretty good team when they get going."
Samuelsson finally beat Leclaire with a wrist shot over the glove from the slot, but Leclaire robbed Daniel Sedin from the same spot on another power play in the final minute and somehow gloved Henrik Sedin's screen shot at the buzzer.
It seemed to give the Senators life early in the second period.
Ottawa had the first eight shots, and Spezza walked around defenseman Andrew Alberts off the rush and snapped a quick shot past Luongo to tie it 3 minutes in.
The Senators, whose only two shots of the first period were on a power play, had a chance to go ahead on their first advantage of the second. Instead Burrows scored his fifth short-handed goal of the season - tying him for the NHL lead - on the Canucks' first shot of the period.
"After that, we're not even in the game," Spezza said.
Samuelsson's second goal came 2 minutes later, and he had a chance for his second hat trick in three games, but was turned away on a 3-on-2 before setting up Salo's goal on the rebound.
"He's scoring in bunches right now," Henrik Sedin said about Samuelsson. "We knew each other from before and he's not a tough guy to play with."
NOTES: Kesler extended his points streak to 12 games (5 goals, 9 assists) by setting up Burrows' breakaway. Daniel Sedin has two goals and 12 assists in a nine-game streak. ... Spezza's goal was his first in six games since the Olympics after going into the break with 10 in 11 games. ... Canucks D Kevin Bieksa returned after missing 25 games with lacerated ankle tendons that required surgery.
|PPG - Mikael Samuelsson (29) Wrist shot - ASST: Pavol Demitra (8), Sami Salo (16)|
1 - 0 VAN
|Jason Spezza (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Anton Volchenkov (10), Milan Michalek (11)|
1 - 1 Tie
|SHG - Alexandre Burrows (31) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Kesler (44)|
2 - 1 VAN
|Mikael Samuelsson (30) Backhand shot - ASST: Daniel Sedin (48)|
3 - 1 VAN
|PPG - Daniel Sedin (18) Tip-in - ASST: Henrik Sedin (64)|
4 - 1 VAN
|Sami Salo (8) Snap shot - ASST: Alexander Edler (28), Mikael Samuelsson (22)|
5 - 1 VAN
|Daniel Sedin Tripping against Chris Phillips|
|Matt Carkner Interference against Rick Rypien|
|Ryan Shannon Hooking against Jannik Hansen|
|Brian Lee Hooking against Ryan Kesler|
|Ryan Johnson Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Alex Kovalev Roughing against Mason Raymond|
|Rick Rypien Fighting (maj) against Chris Neil|
|Chris Neil Fighting (maj) against Rick Rypien|
|Alex Kovalev Roughing against Christian Ehrhoff|
|Mason Raymond Hi-sticking against Matt Carkner|
|Matt Carkner Roughing against Mason Raymond|
|Chris Neil Interference against Henrik Sedin|
|SA: 35||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 30||EV: 17 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 13 - 15|
|SV%: .857||SH: 0 - 1|
|SA: 14||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 13||EV: 10 - 11|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: .929||SH: 1 - 1|