National Hockey League
Vancouver 4, Ottawa 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 10, 2011
Where: Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Marcus Vinnerborg, Kevin Pollock
Linesmen: Pierre Champoux, Derek Nansen
Attendance: 19171

Ryan Kesler scored twice and Roberto Luongo turned aside 24 shots as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the host Ottawa Senators for the eighth time in nine meetings, cruising to a 4-1 win Saturday night.

With Vancouver already ahead 2-0, Kesler capped his first multi-goal game of the season on a power play near the midway point of the second period. The veteran power forward converted a Henrik Sedin feed moments after he was hit hard by Ottawa's Nick Foligno, giving him five goals and nine assists over his last 10 games.

Alex Edler and Dale Weise had the other goals for the Canucks, while Colin Greening countered for the Senators.

The Canucks' power play needed just four seconds to strike, opening the scoring 1:10 into the game. After Vancouver won the offensive zone faceoff, Edler's shot from the point eluded Ottawa netminder Craig Anderson over his left shoulder.

Kesler doubled the lead at 8:23, taking Jannik Hansen's pass in front of the goal and directing it past Anderson's left pad for his first goal since Nov. 29.

Cody Hodgson left the game on wobbly legs after he was crunched by Foligno in the first period. Hodgson did not return.

Top Game Performances
Vancouver   Ottawa
Ryan Kesler 3 Points Colin Greening 1
Ryan Kesler 2 Goals Colin Greening 1
Henrik Sedin 2 Assists Brian Lee 1
Ryan Kesler 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Roberto Luongo .960 Save Percentage Craig Anderson .857
Roberto Luongo 24 Saves Craig Anderson 24
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Vancouver 28 4 2-5 5-5 29 28
Ottawa 25 1 0-5 3-5 29 32
Upcoming Games
  • Ottawa will play their next game on the road against Buffalo. The Senators have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .312 after a loss.
  • Vancouver will play their next game on the road against Columbus. The Canucks have a W/L % of .556 after a win and .727 after a loss.