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NHL: Canucks stretch their division lead

Reuters and AP, VANCOUVER

The Vancouver Canucks built on their daunting division lead with a 3-1 home victory over Northwest foes Colorado on Wednesday.

Jannik Hansen scored with under seven minutes left in the third period to break a 1-1 tie, while Alexandre Burrows made sure of the win with an empty-net score in the final couple of minutes.

Vancouver (36-15-6) now have a 16-point advantage in the Northwest, the largest division lead in the NHL, while trailing the Western Conference-leading Detroit Red Wings by just two points.

Roberto Luongo kept his team in control with 29 saves, allowing only a second-period goal to Colorado’s Erik Johnson.

David Booth converted a backhand 13 seconds into the first to get the Canucks off to a fast start.


In Sunrise, Florida, Craig Anderson made 42 saves and six Ottawa players scored as the Senators routed Florida 6-2 to notch their ninth straight NHL win against the Panthers.

Jim O’Brien notched his first career goal, Milan Michalek moved into a tie for the team lead with his 25th of the season, while Kaspars Daugavins, Bobby Butler, Daniel Alfredsson and Filip Kuba also scored for the Senators, who moved within a point of third place in the Eastern Conference.

Ottawa have beaten the Panthers five straight times in Florida and 17 of 20 on the road.

Shawn Matthias and Sean Bergenheim scored for the Panthers.


In Montreal, Tyler Seguin’s shootout goal gave Boston a victory over Montreal, taking the win despite squandering a two-goal lead in the third period.

Andrew Ference, Benoit Pouliot and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston, who began a six-game trip on a winning note.

Max Pacioretty and Erik Cole scored in the third for Montreal. Mathieu Darche had tied it 1-1 with a short-handed goal early in the second.


In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Teemu Selanne scored midway through the third period as Anaheim snapped Pittsburgh’s six-game home winning streak.

Corey Perry added his 28th goal for the Ducks.

Evgeni Malkin, the NHL’s leading scorer, was held pointless for the second time this month.

Jordan Staal scored for Pittsburgh.

Selanne’s 19th goal of the season was the 656th of his career, moving him into a tie with Brendan Shanahan for 12th place on the NHL all-time list.

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