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Burrows' goal snaps Vancouver loss streak

ALEX Burrows' short-handed goal earned Vancouver a heart-stopping 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, snapping the Canucks' eight-game losing streak.

After squandering a 2-0 lead, the Canucks had looked headed towards a ninth straight defeat when Mattias Ohlund was penalized for hooking, handing the Hurricanes a man-advantage with less than three minutes to play and the score tied at 3-3.

But with Carolina pressing, Burrows scooped up the puck in the neutral zone, broke in alone on netminder Cam Ward and backhanded a shot off the post for the winner with 1:22 left on the clock.

It was the first home win of 2009 for the Canucks, the victory earning a standing ovation from the capacity crowd that last celebrated success at GM Place on December 28 last year.

"It was a huge goal, not only for me but the team," Burrows told reporters. "People were probably thinking it was another one of those games we wouldn't be able to close.

"But we found a way to get it done. We're going in the right direction now."

Despite their recent slide, which included a club-record nine consecutive home losses, the Canucks are still in the thick of the playoff battle.

The win moved them into seventh place in the Western Conference standings.

Vancouver's All-Star netminder Roberto Luongo also picked up his first victory in six games since returning from a groin injury. "It's a relief, we've got it out of the way now and we can focus on winning some games," said Luongo after collecting his first win since November 19.

"Good teams find ways to win no matter what the circumstances are and tonight we found a way to do that."

Elsewhere in the National Hockey League, it was: Thrashers 2, Rangers 1 (in a shootout); Kings 1, Senators 0; Capitals 5, Devils 2; Canadiens 4, Penguins 2; Islanders 3, Lightning 1; Blues 4, Blue Jackets 2; Stars 3, Flames 1; Blackhawks 3, Oilers 1; Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 3 (in overtime); and Predators 2, Coyotes 1.

In Vancouver, British Columbia, the Canucks looked ready to explode out of their slump after storming to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals from Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kesler.

But the Hurricanes hit back with two in the second, Joe Corvo and Joni Pitkanen scoring 25 seconds apart to level the contest at 2-2.

Mats Sundin quickly restored the Canucks' lead when he swung around behind the Carolina net and jammed the puck past Ward.

Carolina, however, restored parity just 33 seconds into the third period, Eric Staal pounding a rebound into an open net for his 22nd goal of the season.


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