Senators 3, Canucks 1

The Vancouver Canucks’ NHL-record trip got just a little bit

longer after Jason Spezza, Brian Elliott and the Ottawa Senators

all extended their streaks for the second time in two nights.

Spezza scored his ninth goal in his last eight games and Ottawa

extended its team-record winning streak to 11 with a 3-1 victory

over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

Elliott made 29 saves to break his own team record with his

ninth straight win. He lost a shutout bid when Kyle Wellwood scored

a power-play goal with 1:39 left.

“Ells has been phenomenal,” said Spezza, who extended his

goals streak to six games, tying Dany Heatley’s team record.

“There’s not enough we can say about how well he’s played. He just

keeps it going and it seems like every night he seems better and

better, so it’s going well for us.”

Milan Michalek had a goal and an assist, and Ottawa captain

Daniel Alfredsson had three assists a night after scoring twice in

the final minute to lead the Senators to a 4-2 victory in

Buffalo.

Spezza, who scored twice against the Sabres, has scored in every

game since he returned from a knee injury. He also scored in each

of his two games prior to his injury, though that is not considered

part of his streak.

“I’m not too worried. I’m just trying to keep scoring,” Spezza

said. “I’m feeling good about my game right now and just trying to

get pucks on net. I can’t really worry about what they consider a

streak and what they don’t – I consider it a streak, in my

mind.”

Chris Kelly scored into an empty net with 40.5 seconds

remaining.

Vancouver, playing the third game of its 14-game trip, lost its

second in a row following a seven-game winning streak.

Andrew Raycroft, who recorded his 100th career loss, made 18

saves in his first start in two months. Raycroft had made two

relief appearances – including his 99th career win in the Canucks’

5-3 come-from-behind win in Toronto on Saturday night – since

allowing four goals in a 5-3 loss at Carolina on Dec. 5.

The Canucks fell to 1-2 on the eight-game first leg of their

record road trip while GM Place is being prepared for the Winter

Olympics. Vancouver, which plays six straight on the road following

the games, does not play at home again until they host the Senators

on Mar. 13.

“We had been good on the road prior to these last two games and

our game in Montreal, but that being said, we’ve got a lot of guys

whose personal stats on the road are definitely as good as they are

at home,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said.

Michalek opened the scoring with a power-play goal 1:34 in.

Alfredsson faked a shot before dishing off to Alex Kovalev, who

held the puck before feeding a pass to the slot which Michalek

redirected past Raycroft for his 19th of the season.

Ottawa had several more scoring chances throughout the first

before Spezza made it a two-goal lead late in the opening

period.

Linemates Alfredsson and Michalek drew assists as Spezza drove

to the net and slid a shot past Raycroft for his 12th goal.

“We missed two open nets off rebounds,” Alfredsson said. “You

can’t worry about it but sometimes it does come back and haunt you

later in games but Spezza’s goal was really big to give us that

two-goal cushion and it allowed us to play a little bit more – I

won’t say defensive, but smarter. We didn’t have to force as much

or take charge. We let them come and created our chances from

turnovers.”

Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson left the game late in the

second period. He suffered an upper-body injury and did not

return.

NOTES: Raycroft, who won the Calder Trophy with Boston in

2003-04, is 99-100-26 overall with the Bruins, Toronto, Colorado

and Vancouver. … Luongo had made 26 straight starts. He went

17-6-2 over that span. … Elliott won eight in a row last season.

… Heatley had three six-game goal streaks with Ottawa.