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Canucks end nine-game losing streak

Score three in third period to deny Rangers of sixth straight win

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The Vancouver Canucks ended their nine-game losing streak with a 5-3 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Alexandre Burrows gave Vancouver a 3-2 lead at 9:21 of the third period and Sven Baertschi scored the game-winner at 13:08, enough to make Jacob Markstrom's 23 saves hold up, giving the Canucks their first win since Oct. 20.

It was the first goal of the season for Baertschi and Burrows, who added an empty-net goal. Loui Eriksson got his first goal with Vancouver (5-8-1). Henrik Sedin scored his fifth of the season.

Vancouver had lost nine in a row, including the past eight in regulation, by a combined 31-12.

"We talked that [Tuesday] we were going to find a way to win this, we weren't going to find a way to lose like we've been doing lately," Burrows said. "We're playing five games in seven nights for us, plus travel, against probably one of the best teams in the League right now and we dug deep, we played well."

 

WATCH: All Canucks vs. Rangers highlights 

 

The Rangers (10-4-0) had won five in a row, scoring at least five goals in each game. They took a 1-0 lead on Pavel Buchnevich's goal at 7:20 of the first period, but it lasted less than eight minutes and they never got it back.

Video: VAN@NYR: Nash nets Buchnevich's feed for 400th goal

Rick Nash scored his 400th NHL goal. Buchnevich also had two assists and Mika Zibanejad scored.

"Nobody even had a 'C' game tonight," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.

Rangers goalie Antti Raanta started and finished the game, but he didn't get the loss. Henrik Lundqvist relieved Raanta because of concussion testing protocol with 11:33 remaining in the third period, when it was still tied 2-2.

Raanta was hit by Canucks forward Markus Granlund at 4:27 of the third and had his head snap back. He stayed in for the next four minutes, but was pulled because the League's concussion spotter in the building told the Rangers they had to take him out for testing.

Lundqvist allowed goals to Burrows and Baertschi before Raanta returned with 5:14 remaining and the Canucks holding a 4-2 lead.

Video: VAN@NYR: Baertschi roofs Skille's feed to pad lead

"That's the rule nowadays and you have to respect that," Raanta said. "I fell down and they saw that I hit my head on the ice, so that's one of those things that they're looking for.

"I felt good."

Vigneault didn't blame the loss on losing Raanta.

"Our execution was non-existent," Vigneault said. "We couldn't make a 10-foot pass. When you execute like that and you can't pass, you can't put your speed on display. We didn't deserve to win. It's that simple."

Burrows scored off a scramble in front of Lundqvist. Baertschi got the winner by finishing a 2-on-1 rush by scoring on a one-timer off a pass from Jack Skille.

Sedin gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead at 2:29 of the third period. Nash tied it with a power-play goal at 5:27.

The Rangers took a 1-0 lead on Buchnevich's goal. Eriksson scored at 15:18, just 3:30 after he hit the crossbar.

Video: VAN@NYR: Eriksson roofs backhand shot to tie the game

 

Goal of the game

Burrows cashed in on a scramble in front of the net that started with Vancouver forcing a turnover on Zibanejad in the Rangers' zone. Lundqvist stopped Bo Horvat's shot but couldn't find the rebound. Burrows did and put it in the net.

Video: VAN@NYR: Burrows stuffs home puck for the lead

 

Save of the game

At the time it was questionable if he got a piece of it, but Markstrom was given credit for a blocker save on Derek Stepan at 12:51 of the third period that prevented the Rangers center from scoring into what was an open net. Markstrom reached back with his blocker and got a small piece of Stepan's shot from the left side to keep the game tied at 2-2. Burrows scored 2:12 later.

 

Highlight of the game

Granlund drove into Raanta, knocking him back hard enough that his head appeared to snap back and hit the ice. It was a goalie interference penalty at 4:27 of the third period and Raanta stayed in. He eventually had to be removed for concussion testing. Lundqvist came in cold and allowed two goals that gave the Canucks the win.

 

Unsung moment of the game

Baertschi forced the turnover on Zibanejad that led to Burrows' goal. He went in hard on the forecheck and turned his right skate enough to redirect Zibanejad's pass, sending the puck to Horvat for a shot. Burrows scored on the rebound.

 

They said it

"I thought we played the right way. We did a lot of good things defensively. We pressured a really good team, a fast team. We stayed on the 'D' side and we made some really good plays, good reads. That's how you win in this game, by playing the right way on the road or at home." -- Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows

 

"It's kind of a bittersweet situation for sure. It's been on my mind for a while, trying to hit that number, and it was nice to do it tonight. But I could've saved it for a few more games later if we could've gotten the two points." -- Rangers forward Rick Nash on scoring his 400th NHL goal

 
Need to know

Vancouver scored five goals in a game for the first time since Feb. 25, when it defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-3. … Burrows' two goals matches the amount he scored in his previous 42 games going back to Jan. 23.

 

What's next

Canucks: At the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, SNV, NHL.TV)

Rangers: At the Calgary Flames on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN1, MSG+, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Burrows lights lamp twice to key Canucks' 5-3 victory

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