WINNIPEG, MB (NEWS1130) – The Canucks got a pair goals from struggling forward Alex Burrows, his first two tallies of the season, and Chris Higgins scored in the shootout as Vancouver beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2.
Burrows, who has battled injuries, finally got on the board in his 36th game of the season. He hadn’t scored in 40 consecutive regular season games. Burrows scored twice in Vancouver’s four-game playoff loss to San Jose last year, but last scored a regular season goal on Apr. 15, 2013 against the Nashville Predators.
The Canucks had to finish the game without centre Ryan Kesler after he was injured late in the second period. Kesler was hurt in a knee-on-knee collision with Jim Slater and he will return to Vancouver and miss the final three games of the team’s road trip.
After a goalless first period, Andrew Ladd opened the scoring for the Jets less than four minutes into the second. The Canucks tied it up in the later stages of the second, as Burrows buried his first of the season on a nice pass from Jason Garrison.
Winnipeg went back in front when Michael Frolik directed home an Olli Jokinen centering pass early in the third period, but Burrows batted a puck out of mid-air and in with 8:43 remaining in regulation.
The teams played an exciting overtime with end-to-end action and zero whistles, but neither side scored the winner.
In the shootout, Eddie Lack stopped all three Jets’ shooters, and Higgins scored after Burrows and Nicklas Jensen has been stopped.
Lack made 32 saves on 34 shots through 65 minutes of regulation and overtime. Ondrej Pavelec made 31 saves in the Jets’ crease.
The win snapped a seven-game road losing streak for the Canucks. They continue their trip on Friday against the Washington Capitals.