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Game 14: BeastModo crushes Caps

by Daniel Fung / Vancouver Canucks
John Tortorella has not been shy about doling out huge amounts of ice-time to his top trio of the Sedin twins and Ryan Kesler. Monday night was a perfect example of why he has been more than happy to do so.

The Canucks' top-line, who have been dubbed 'BeastModo' by numerous Canucks fans as well as members of the local media, generated two goals in just over two minutes early in the third period to lead the Canucks to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Washington Capitals.

The win was Vancouver's fourth in a row and improved their season record to 9-4-1. The Capitals fell to 5-7-0 and have now lost five in a row at Rogers Arena.

After Mikhail Grabovski gave the Caps their first lead of the game less than two minutes into the third period, Kesler put the Canucks on the comeback trail 61 seconds later by blasting a one-timer top shelf on Washington netminder Michal Neuvirth to even the game at 2-2.

Daniel Sedin would complete the comeback 2:08 after that scoring off a slapshot from the top of the slot after an extended sequence by the BeastModo line in the Capitals end.

Zack Kassian and Jason Chimera traded goals in the opening period.

For two periods it looked as if Neuvirth would steal the show for the Caps.

The 25-year-old netminder, making just his second start of the season, gave up just one goal on 27 shots through the first 40 minutes and frustrated the Canucks who out-chanced the Capitals all night and had numerous glorious scoring opportunities. He would finish the night making 38 saves on 41 shots in the loss.

Roberto Luongo had a much quieter evening at the other end making 17 saves on 19 shots in the victory, his best arguably coming off Alex Ovechkin on the penalty shot just over a minute into the game.

The Canucks continue their three-game home stand on Wednesday when they host Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings.

BEST OCTOBER EVER: Canucks' captain Henrik Sedin extended his point streak to nine straight games with his helper on Daniel's game-winning goal and in the process set a new personal-best in the month of October with his 16th point in 14 games. That's still a long ways away from his personal-best month all-time, however. He had 25 points in December 2009 and then repeated that feat again in January 2010.

GUARANTEED ONE FREEBIE: The Capitals would love making more trips to Vancouver if they can count on having at least one penalty shot per visit as it seems to be the case of late. Ovechkin's first period penalty shot marked the third straight game in Vancouver where the Caps have been awarded a penalty shot. In their last visit back on October 29, 2011, Mike Knuble beat Luongo in a 7-4 Vancouver win. Two visits ago on December 18, 2009, Luongo denied Alexander Semin in a 3-2 Vancouver win.

HAPPY RETURNS: The Canucks welcomed Alex Burrows back to their lineup on Monday. Burrows had missed 12 straight games after injuring his foot in the season opener in San Jose. He finished the night with three shots and two hits in 15:57 of ice-time skating primarily on a line with Chris Higgins and Mike Santorelli. The Canucks also welcomed former teammate Aaron Volpatti back to Rogers Arena for the first time since he was claimed off waivers by the Capitals last season back in February. Volpatti had two penalty minutes and two hits in 5:36 of ice-time for Washington.

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