Canucks surge to 5th straight win with 5-1 victory

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2013 at 1:27 am •  Published: February 10, 2013
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Jordan Schroeder had a big grin as he posed for photographs in the Vancouver Canucks' dressing room Saturday night, holding both pucks from his first two NHL goals.

As the camera flashed, Schroeder was asked if he'd give one puck to his father and the other his mother.

"No, these will both be for me," the 22-year-old rookie said.

Schroeder gave the Canucks the lead on a second-period power play, then added another goal in the third period and Vancouver defeated the Calgary Flames 5-1.

His first goal came in the second period just 27 seconds after Alex Burrows had tied the game 1-1.

"It's kind of a weight off your shoulders," said Schroeder, the 2009 first-round draft pick who has played nine games with the Canucks. "You're gripping your stick pretty tight.

"There's excitement, relief. You want to get that first one so bad. To be able to get two in one night is always good."

Add in the two assists he has this season and Schroeder has four career points. That leaves him just 751 behind Canucks captain Henrik Sedin.

"It's a start," Schroeder joked.

Sedin, who had two assists in the win, is one point behind former captain Markus Naslund's franchise-leading total of 756 points.

Sedin was more interested in praising Schroeder's accomplishment rather than talking about the milestone he's close to reaching.

"The second (goal) is usually the toughest one to get," said Sedin, who has 171 goals and 584 assists in 12 years with the Canucks. "It's nice to get it out of the way in one game. It's great for him."

Chris Higgins and Kevin Bieksa also scored for the Canucks, who won their fifth consecutive game. Vancouver improved to 7-2-2.

Lee Stempniak scored for the Flames, who had a two-game win streak ended. Calgary dropped to 3-4-2.

"They worked harder than us and we weren't very good, we weren't very sharp," Calgary captain Jarome Iginla said.

"They had too many point-blank chances. It was a game that we obliviously wanted, but not as much as them. They deserved it."



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