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Canucks keep on chugging with win over Senators

Mikael Samuelsson is making up for a recent scoring slump.

Mikael Samuelsson is making up for a recent scoring slump.

The winger scored two goals, including the winner, and added an assist last night as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2 for their sixth straight victory.

Samuelsson’s goal at 2:12 of the second period gave Vancouver a 3-0 lead. He then added a second goal with Senators goalie Brian Elliott lifted for a sixth attacker as Ottawa pressed for the tying goal.

Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler also scored for Vancouver in the first.

Nick Foligno and Jason Spezza drew the Senators to within a goal in the second period.

Despite the loss, the struggling Senators showed some fight against the NHL’s top team. They outshot the Canucks 12-5 in the first period, but lost their tenth straight and fell to 17-29-8.

Burrows and Kesler scored one minute 10 seconds apart in an opening period dominated by the Senators.

Burrows took Henrik Sedin’s pass in traffic and reached across Elliott’s crease to push the puck past the netminder’s stick.

Kesler scored his team-leading 31st goal on Vancouver’s fifth and last shot of the period. He came down the right wing and blasted a puck off the post, then scored on a shot off the left wing that deflected past Elliott off a defender.

Kesler played architect for Samuelsson’s goal that gave Vancouver a 3-0 lead.

He broke his stick on a clearing attempt, kicked the puck to Mason Raymond, got a stick from the bench, took Raymond’s return pass and fed Samuelsson for a tap-in.

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