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Game 30: Twice as nice

by Daniel Fung / Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks seem to be at their best whenever Ryan Kesler is on top of his game. On Tuesday in Nashville, Kesler played the role of superhero once again.

Fresh off a two-goal performance in Carolina on Sunday, Kesler repeated his feat from two nights ago scoring twice in the third period against the Predators to lift his team to a 3-1 win to close out their four-game road trip.

The victory gave the Canucks their first win streak in over a month and concluded their four-game road trip with an impressive 3-1-0 record.

After Brad Richardson and Colin Wilson traded goals in the second period, Kesler potted his first of the evening 7:37 into the third period chipping a rebound off a Jason Garrison point shot past Preds' netminder Marek Mazanec to snap the 1-1 deadlock.

He'd add his second of the night less than seven minutes later on a Vancouver power play by poking a rebound past Mazanec once again off a play set up by a Garrison shot.

Roberto Luongo was sharp when he needed to be in the crease for the Canucks turning aside 30 of 31 shots, including all nine he faced in the third period, for the victory.

Mazanec stopped 30 of 33 shots in the defeat.

The news wasn't all good on this night for the Canucks, however, who lost blue-liner Alex Edler to a lower-body injury. The Canucks were already playing without Alex Burrows who is out indefinitely after breaking his jaw in Sunday's win in Carolina.

The Canucks open a five-game home stand on Friday when they host the Phoenix Coyotes.

BIG MINUTES FOR THE BACK END: It was a busy night for the remaining Canuck blue-liners with the injury to Alex Edler. Four Canucks defencemen eclipsed the 20-minute mark in time-on-ice and two – Dan Hamhuis (27:43) and Christopher Tanev (24:10) – saw season-high ice times. Ryan Stanton was the lone Canuck defenceman, besides Edler who only lasted 7:28 before leaving, to not crack the 20-minute mark.

CAREER YEAR: Dale Weise has only played 20 games this season – he missed 10 games earlier this season with a leg injury – but he's already matched a career-high in points. His assist on Richardson's opening goal was his eighth point of the season equaling the mark he set back in 2011.12 during his first season with the Canucks.

NOTES AND NUMBERS: Tuesday marked the 13th game (and counting) that Alex Burrows has missed this season due to injury. Surprisingly, the Canucks are 9-3-1 this season without Burrows in their lineup... The Canucks improved to 23-0-0-1 in all-time games where Ryan Kesler scores two-or-more times... This is the Canucks' first win streak since October 22 to 28 when they won four in a row... The Sedin twins began the night with Mike Santorelli on their wing in place of the injured Burrows but finished the night with David Booth in that spot... Nashville played Tuesday without injured team captain Shea Weber.

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