Ottawa
Senators
44-32-6
Vancouver
Canucks
49-28-5

14 SOG
35 SOG
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OTT
VAN
game recap

Canucks 5, Senators 1

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 10:41 PM

Associated Press

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.

Three Stars
MIKAEL SAMUELSSON

Mikael Samuelsson once again proved he belongs on the top line. Scored two goals and one assist tonight. He has scored 12 points in the last six games.
2 goals, 1 assist, +2 rating , 19:01 TOI

SAMI SALO

The Fin scored another classic from the slot, ripping his 8th of the year over Leclaire's shoulder in the third period. Sami is heating up down the stretch.
1 goal, 1 assist, +1 rating, 19:58 TOI

DANIEL SEDIN

A  force on the Canucks' top line all night, he put up a pair of points against the Senators. He's currently on a nine game point streak (2 - 12 - 14).
1 goal, 1 assist, +2 rating, 17:46 TOI

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.


PIC OF THE GAME
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scoring summary
1st Period
17:46
VAN
PPG - Mikael Samuelsson (29) Wrist shot - ASST: Pavol Demitra (8), Sami Salo (16)
1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
03:00
OTT
Jason Spezza (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Anton Volchenkov (10), Milan Michalek (11)
1 - 1 Tie
09:12
VAN
SHG - Alexandre Burrows (31) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Kesler (44)
2 - 1 VAN
11:30
VAN
Mikael Samuelsson (30) Backhand shot - ASST: Daniel Sedin (48)
3 - 1 VAN
16:07
VAN
PPG - Daniel Sedin (18) Tip-in - ASST: Henrik Sedin (64)
4 - 1 VAN
3rd Period
11:21
VAN
Sami Salo (8) Snap shot - ASST: Alexander Edler (28), Mikael Samuelsson (22)
5 - 1 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
07:17
VAN
Daniel Sedin  Tripping against  Chris Phillips
10:38
OTT
Matt Carkner  Interference against  Rick Rypien
16:56
OTT
Ryan Shannon  Hooking against  Jannik Hansen
19:15
OTT
Brian Lee  Hooking against  Ryan Kesler
2nd Period
07:37
VAN
Ryan Johnson  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:54
OTT
Alex Kovalev  Roughing against  Mason Raymond
14:51
VAN
Rick Rypien  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
14:51
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Rick Rypien
15:16
OTT
Alex Kovalev  Roughing against  Christian Ehrhoff
3rd Period
06:24
VAN
Mason Raymond  Hi-sticking against  Matt Carkner
06:24
OTT
Matt Carkner  Roughing against  Mason Raymond
15:39
OTT
Chris Neil  Interference against  Henrik Sedin
goalie stats
Pascal Leclaire
Pascal Leclaire
11-12-2
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 15
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 1
Roberto Luongo
SA: 14TOI: 60:00
Saves: 13EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .929SH: 1 - 1