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Burrows scores two more, but Preds edge Canucks

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Alex Burrows continues to roll for the Vancouver Canucks as he nearly notched his third hat trick in four games on Monday night.

But Shea Weber's power-play tally broke a 2-2 tie with 4:03 left in regulation as the Nashville Predators earned a 3-2 victory against the Canucks at GM Place.

Weber's goal came during a 4-on-3 situation. After Burrows and Henrik Sedin were whistled for penalties 18 seconds apart, Weber took a pass from Ryan Suter and blasted a slap shot past Roberto Luongo for his eighth goal of the season.

Ryan Jones also scored on a power play, Joel Ward added a shorthanded goal, and Dan Ellis made 30 saves for the Predators, who moved ahead of the Canucks and into a fifth-place tie with Phoenix in the Western Conference. Nashville has lost only three of its last 12 road games.

Daniel Sedin had two assists to reach 500 career points, while Luongo made 22 saves for the Canucks, who lost in regulation for the first time in 10 games (7-1-2). Burrows was given a game misconduct in the final seconds after complaining to the officials.

"I'm not the type of guy to make excuses, that's not who I am, but I have never seen anything like it in my whole career," Luongo said. "It's the first time I've seen calls like that, especially when the game is on the line."

Ward gave the Preds a 1-0 lead just 2:02 into the game. After teammate David Legwand was whistled for hooking in the opening minute, Ward gained control of Kyle Wellwood's attempted feed to Alexander Edler and ripped a shot that beat Luongo between the legs. It was Ward's eighth goal of the season.

Burrows continued his torrid scoring pace at 16:42 of the first, when he took a pass from Daniel Sedin and beat Ellis for his 18th goal of the season. Henrik Sedin picked up an assist on the tally and extended his points streak to 10 games. He leads the League with 63 points.

But the Predators would restore the lead before the end of the period as Jones redirected Legwand's feed past Luongo during a power play at 19:32. It was his fifth goal of the season.

The second period was only 90 seconds old when Burrows scored his second goal of the night and ninth in five games. After Ellis was served with a rare roughing penalty, Burrows redirected a shot from the point by Edler to make it 2-2.

"That top line of the Sedins and Burrows … they've been working really well together," Preds defenseman Dan Hamhuis said. "The key to the game was to shut them down. They got one early on us, but after that I thought we did a good job. We played a lot better tonight that we had in the last couple of games. We had a better mental approach."

Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.


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