Canucks 4, Maple Leafs 1

In a game that started slow and sloppy, the Vancouver Canucks

saved their best for late and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs


Alex Burrows scored with 1:07 left in the first period, Jannik

Hansen scored with 2:06 remaining in the second, and Christian

Ehrhoff and Henrik Sedin scored in the final five minutes as

Vancouver beat the Maple Leafs 4-1 on Saturday.

”Obviously, it was a little sloppy at the beginning but it

really doesn’t matter at the end when we get the two points,” said

Ehrhoff, whose goal with 5:03 left restored Vancouver’s two-goal

cushion. ”It kind of put the game away.”

Mikhail Grabovski made it 2-1 8:14 into the third when Roberto

Luongo whiffed on his 30-foot shot with his glove.

”It was a close game score-wise most of it, but I thought we

had control of the game,” Sedin said. ”I thought we had the play

most of he time.”

Luongo finished with 27 saves, including a stop on an early

breakaway by Phil Kessel, as the Canucks improved to 8-1-1 in their

last 10 games.

A rare afternoon start in Vancouver was filled with sloppy play

and early penalties. Toronto failed to convert a 5-on-3 power play

that lasted 49 seconds midway through the first period. Luongo

threw out his right pad to rob Kris Versteeg on a tap-in on the

Maple Leafs’ best chance.

”The save he made on the 5-on-3, it’s one of those plays where

the other team’s top guys get confidence if they score there and he

stopped it and it’s still a tied game,” Sedin said.

Luongo said he saw Grabovski’s shot but wasn’t sure if it

deflected off the stick of Canucks defenseman Alex Edler. Replays

showed it didn’t.

”If it didn’t, I just probably blacked out for a second

there,” Luongo said with a laugh.

Jonas Gustavsson started in place of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who

aggravated a groin injury Thursday in Calgary. Gustavsson finished

with 25 saves for Toronto, which has lost eight straight to the

Canucks since 2003.

”The bounces weren’t with us,” Gustavsson said. ”A couple of

unlucky bounces. Those bounces are maybe sometimes the bounces you

need when you play away, especially against a good team like


Vancouver opened the scoring after Kevin Bieksa’s point shot hit

a defenseman in front. Burrows, parked in front, spun around and

swiped the bouncing puck in before Gustavsson could dive


Daniel Sedin assisted on the play to extend his point streak to

10 games. He has four goals and 10 assists in the NHL’s

second-longest active run.

The Canucks’ No. 1-ranked power play failed to capitalize on a

four-minute advantage midway through the second period. Gustavsson

made three big saves behind the NHL’s second-worst penalty-killing

unit during that chance. He didn’t have any chance when a pretty

passing play by Jeff Tambellini and Ryan Kesler off a 3-on-2 rush

left Hansen with an empty net late in the period.

”I was a couple of inches from stopping that, too,” Gustavsson


Henrik Sedin hit the post six minutes into the third after a

similar play, and Grabovski closed the gap off a harmless-looking

rush 2 1/2 minutes later with a long shot that tipped in off

Luongo’s glove.

Ehrhoff returned to the lineup after he missed three games

because of vertigo that resulted when a puck hit him in the ear. He

scored with a point shot that deflected in under Gustavsson.

”At the end of the day only one line scored again, Toronto

coach Ron Wilson said. ”Other guys have got to do what they re

paid to do which is score.”

NOTES: Toronto C Nazim Kadri, the No. 7 pick in the 2009 draft,

was a healthy scratch. He played 16 games after being called up

from the AHL. … Toronto D Mike Komisarek returned after missing

four games with a hand injury. D Keith Aulie was sent back to the

AHL. … Ehrhoff’s injury was first diagnosed as a concussion. …

Canucks RW Aaron Volpatti, who played at Brown University, made his

NHL debut opposite fellow Ivy Leaguer LW Tanner Glass, who went to

Dartmouth College.