Canucks 2, Senators 1

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OTTAWA – Roberto Luongo made 34 saves, Rory Fitzpatrick scored his first goal of the season and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1.

Taylor Pyatt had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, which won its third straight to end Ottawa’s season-high five-game winning streak.

Luongo, who stopped 30 shots Tuesday in a 4-0 win in Montreal for his third shutout of the season, had 10 saves in the first period and 11 in the second before Daniel Alfredsson scored 8:13 into the third to pull the Senators within one.

His shutout streak ended at 154 minutes, 42 seconds. Luongo hadn’t allowed a goal since Saturday when Bates Battaglia scored 13:31 into the first period of the Canucks’ 6-1 win in Toronto.

Vancouver failed to get a shot on Ray Emery in the third, and was outshot 35-14 overall.

Ottawa, which had won 10 of its previous 12 games (10-1-1), fell to third in the Northeast Division, one point behind Montreal.

Fitzpatrick, a Rochester, N.Y., native who narrowly missed going to next week’s All-Star game as the beneficiary of a grassroots write-in campaign, scored his first Vancouver goal in his 31st game of the season.

The journeyman who finished third in fan voting for Western Conference defensemen flipped a shot towards the net which Senators goalie Ray Emery misplayed as the puck struck his glove and dropped behind him into the net.

The goal 13:00 into the second put the Canucks up by two after Pyatt got credit for his 12th goal earlier in the period.

Alfredsson made it a one-goal game in the third when he redirected Dany Heatley’s pass inside the right post for his 17th goal.

Ottawa failed to tie the score despite enjoying 1:05 of 5-on-3 play after Vancouver’s Matt Cooke was sent off for crosschecking Alfredsson as the Senators’ captain carried the puck at center ice just past the midway point of the third.

Emery – who stopped 12 shots, all in the first two periods – dove to cover up a loose puck in the crease 8:45 in shortly after Senators defenseman Chris Phillips sprawled to block Jan Bulis’ sharp-angle backhand towards an open right side.

Vancouver opened the scoring on a power play 5:29 into the second when former Senators defenseman Sami Salo’s one-timer from the right point off Markus Naslund’s pass struck Pyatt’s right skate and went past Emery inside the right post.

Ryan Kessler came close to giving the Canucks a two-goal lead on a short-handed 2-on-1 midway through the middle period, but the Vancouver center lost control of the puck while going to his backhand.

Notes: Luongo has never shut out Ottawa. He had a 3.60 goals-against-average and a 3-11-1 overall record against the Senators in 15 previous appearances with Florida and the New York Islanders. … Fitzpatrick, who has played 241 regular season games overall, scored each of his nine previous goals for Buffalo over the last three seasons. He has also played for Nashville, St. Louis and Montreal. … The game drew a sellout crowd of 19,161 fans.

AP-ES-01-18-07 2235EST

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