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Canucks keep surging with shootout win

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UNIONDALE, NY (AP)

The Vancouver Canucks left Long Island with two more points and an appreciation for the way the Islanders play.

Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler scored in a shootout, and the surging Canucks beat the New York Islanders 4-3 on Tuesday night.

The Canucks were happy to get the two points, but they weren't so happy about the way they played.

''We had a tough time the whole game,'' Daniel Sedin said. ''They had a lot of energy.''

Alex Burrows, Kesler and Kevin Bieksa scored for the Canucks in regulation. Roberto Luongo made 38 saves, helping Vancouver improve to 14-0-3 in its past 17 games.

''They played well,'' Luongo said. ''It was a tougher game than it looked to be.''

The Canucks (28-8-6) lead the NHL with 62 points.

Jack Hillen, John Tavares and Blake Comeau had goals for the Islanders. Kevin Poulin turned aside 48 shots.

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''Kevin was excellent,'' Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. ''He faced a good team, and turned in a very good performance.''

Raymond scored in the shootout on a spin-o-rama move.

''I tried it a few times in practice,'' Raymond said. ''The two points we got may make a big difference.''

Kesler's was the last shot taken.

''It was a nice ending,'' Kesler said. ''But I'll tell you, they work really hard.''

Burrows started the scoring at 4:58. He was in front of the net and had a centering pass from Sedin deflect in off his body.

The Islanders were outshot 20-9 in the first period but had one great opportunity. About 3 minutes in, Michael Grabner came in on a breakaway, but Luongo made a right pad save.

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Blake Comeau had a chance to tie it 9 minutes into the second period, but his hard wrister rang off the left post.

New York finally tied the game at 15:13, just a second after its first power play ended. Hillen, from the point, ripped a slap shot past Luongo.

The tie lasted until there were 15.4 seconds left in the period, when Kesler beat Poulin with a shot from the high slot to put the Canucks back ahead.

New York tied it again at 3:14 of the final period when Tavares somehow beat Luongo with a wrist shot from a hard angle during a power play.

The Islanders took a 3-2 lead with 5:36 left when Comeau put a slap shot from the left point past Luongo.

The lead lasted 24 seconds before Bieksa tied the game when his shot deflected in off an Islander.

NOTES: The Islanders called up RW Rhett Rakhshani from Bridgeport.

Tagged: Islanders, Canucks, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa, Mason Raymond, Jack Hillen, Roberto Luongo, Blake Comeau, Kevin Poulin

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