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Game 68: Monkey off the Burr

by Daniel Fung / Vancouver Canucks
Wednesday may have started off as Henrik Sedin's day but by the end it became Alex Burrows' night.

The goal-starved 32-year-old forward, who entered the contest without a goal in 40 consecutive games, found the back of the net twice to help lift the Canucks to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre.

Chris Higgins notched the lone goal of the shootout for Vancouver, who picked up their second victory in their last three outings while also snapping a seven-game road losing streak which coincidentally started on January 31 in Winnipeg.

Andrew Ladd and Michael Frolik had the goals for the Jets, who saw their winless skid extend to a season-high five games.

The Canucks were honouring Sedin's milestone 1,000th career NHL game on Wednesday but, for a while, didn't look like they’d be doing much celebrating in this contest.

After Ladd opened the scoring at 3:48 of the second period, the Jets had a glorious opportunity to go up 2-0 when Evander Kane was awarded a penalty shot but he fired high and wide on his attempt.

That gave the Canucks an opening and Burrows stepped up with the opportunity to play hero. He picked up his first of the night at 15:38 of the second period after corralling a Jason Garrison point shot that hit him in the leg and sliding the loose puck past Jets' netminder Ondrej Pavelec.

Winnipeg would reclaim the lead on a Frolik marker at 2:18 of the third period but Burrows would once again draw Vancouver even at 11:17 of the period displaying tremendous hand-eye coordination by batting a puck out of mid-air over the left shoulder of Pavelec to set the stage for his team's shootout heroics.

Eddie Lack, looking to make amends after allowing six goals in the third period of Vancouver's 7-4 loss to the Islanders on Monday, bounced back just the way he wanted. He stopped 32 of 34 shots through regulation and overtime, plus all three Winnipeg shootout attempts, in the victory.

Pavelec turned aside 31 of 33 shots in 65 minutes of play in the loss.

The Canucks continue their four-game road trip on Friday when they face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

The Canucks won the season series against the Jets finishing with a record of 2-1-0... Ryan Stanton returned to the lineup after missing the last three games with an undisclosed injury. The Canucks dressed seven defencemen as a result of his return with Zac Dalpe sitting out as a healthy scratch... In addition to his two goals, Alex Burrows also led the team in shots (6) and hits (5)... The news was not all good on this night for the Canucks as Ryan Kesler left late in the second period after taking a knee-to-knee hit from Winnipeg's Jim Slater. He did not return... The Jets out-hit the Canucks 41-25 according to statisticians at the MTS Centre.

ALL ABOUT HENRIK: Henrik Sedin, as has been well-documented, appeared in his 1,000th career NHL on Wednesday. He's just the second Canuck to appear in 1,000 games with the franchise and the first to reach the milestone all while wearing a Canucks uniform. He became the 287th in league history to reach the milestone, but only the 10th Swede to do so joining Nicklas Lidstrom, Mats Sundin, Daniel Alfredsson, Borje Salming, Markus Naslund, Calle Johansson, Ulf Samuelsson, Tomas Holmstrom and Fredrik Olausson.

ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR FIRST: Evander Kane's penalty shot attempt on Wednesday was also the first faced by Eddie Lack in his NHL career. It was also the first penalty shot attempt for the Jets/Thrashers franchise against the Canucks in all-time head-to-head meetings. The only other previous Winnipeg (old Jets) penalty shot attempt against the Canucks came back on December 11, 1988. Brent Ashton scored on Kirk McLean at the Pacific Coliseum that night but the Canucks managed to still prevail in that game by a final score of 8-6. The Canucks have not allowed a penalty shot goal on six opposition attempts this season.

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