CHICAGO IL - JANUARY 09: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks passes the puck between Dylan Reese #42 and Rob Schremp #44 of the New York Islanders at the United Center on January 9 2011 in Chicago Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Islanders 5-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Canucks 4, Islanders 3 (SO)

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) – Ryan Kesler scored on the final shot of the shootout as the Vancouver Canucks continued to roll with a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders.

After Roberto Luongo stopped John Tavares, Kesler skated in on net, slowed down and flicked a snap shot into the right corner of the net for a win.

Kesler scored in regulation as did Kevin Bieksa and Alexandre Burrows for the Canucks, who have now gone 17 straight games (14-0-3) without a loss in regulation. Roberto Luongo stopped 38 shots in the win.

The surge has moved Vancouver to the top spot overall in the NHL with 62 points. The last loss in regulation for the team came on December 5 against St. Louis.

Blake Comeau had a goal and an assist while Jack Hillen and Tavares each lit the lamp for the Islanders, who came into the game having won four of their last five. Kevin Poulin stopped 48 shots in a losing effort.

The only goal of the first period was Vancouver’s as Daniel Sedin threw a shot on net from the right side that caromed off Burrows and snuck past Poulin at the 4:58 mark.

The Islanders got on the board at the 15:13 mark of the second when Hillen lit the lamp for his first goal of the season.

However, it was the Canucks that took the lead into the locker room as Mikael Samuelsson sent a backhand pass from the left side to the slot where Kesler fired a wrister for his 24th goal of the season at 19:44.

The Islanders tied the game on the power play 3:14 into the third as a saucer pass by Rob Schremp at the left point went to the outside right circle where Tavares one-timed the bouncing puck home.

At the 14:24 mark, New York took its first lead of the game when Comeau’s slap shot from the left point went through a screen and into the left corner.

However, the Canucks tied the game 34 seconds later when Bieksa threw the puck to the front from a sharp angle at the right side and it hit off and Islander then went past Poulin.

Vancouver continues its five-game road trip against the Rangers on Thursday…The Islanders host Ottawa on Thursday…New York had won the previous two matchups…The Islanders were 1-for-2 on the power play while the Canucks failed on both of their chances.


Vancouver Canucks At New York Islanders: Islanders Take On NHL's Best Tonight

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks may have suffered a tough loss against a high-profile opponent in their last trip to the ice, but Alain Vigneault's team still carries a sizeable point streak into tonight's game with the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

The Canucks were dealt a shootout loss on Saturday by the visiting Detroit Red Wings in a battle between the top two teams in the NHL this year. Vancouver has 60 points so far this season and the Red Wings are just one point back.

Saturday's setback halted an eight-game winning streak for Vancouver, which has still gone 16 straight games (13-0-3) without a regulation loss.

Jiri Hudler scored the lone goal of the shootout to help lift the Red Wings to the 2-1 victory over the Canucks at Rogers Arena. After Jeff Tambellini was stopped, Hudler blew a shot past Roberto Luongo. Jimmy Howard then made stops on Ryan Kesler and Daniel Sedin to preserve the win.

Sedin, who was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending Jan. 9, notched the only goal and Luongo stopped 32 shots.

"We definitely deserved two points tonight," Kesler said. "We have to stay positive in here and keep playing the way we're playing."

Tonight's tilt marks the start of a five-game road trip for the Canucks, who have won four straight and eight of their last nine tilts away from B.C. Vancouver is 12-5-3 overall as the guest this season.

The Islanders, meanwhile, will try to rebound from a lopsided loss when they kick off a four-game homestand tonight.

New York had won seven out of nine heading into Sunday's test in Chicago, but the Blackhawks delivered a 5-0 rout at the United Center. Marian Hossa was one of four different scorers for Chicago during a four-goal second period.

Nathan Lawson made 40 saves for the Islanders, who finished their five-game road trip with a 3-2-0 mark.

"We talked about trying to play a simple road game, eliminate our turnovers, get pucks deep, establish our forecheck, but we did none of that," said New York head coach Jack Capuano.

With Rick DiPietro sidelined with a lower-body injury, either Lawson or his fellow rookie Kevin Poulin will get the start in net tonight.

Isles forward Frans Nielsen is questionable for tonight with a strained groin that has kept him out of the last three games.

New York has won its last three home games and is 7-7-3 on Long Island this season.

The Islanders posted a 5-2 win over the Canucks last year in Vancouver. John Tavares recorded a five-point night with two goals and three assists in that win for New York.

New York has taken two straight and five out of eight in the series and the Canucks are just 1-3-1 with a pair of ties in their last seven trips to the Coliseum.

Luongo, a former Islander first-round draft pick, is just 5-10-2 with a tie and a 2.73 goals-against average in 21 games against his former club. Vancouver backup netminder Cory Schneider has never faced the Isles.

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