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Burrows scores 2 to lead Canucks over Flyers

Vancouver Canucks' Alex Burrows (14) celebrates his goal with Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin as Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) looks on during the third period of NHL action in Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday, March. 17, 2015.
Vancouver Canucks' Alex Burrows (14) celebrates his goal with Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin as Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) looks on during the third period of NHL action in Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday, March. 17, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

VANCOUVER – Alexandre Burrows scored goals 17 seconds apart in the third period Tuesday as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1.

Back in the lineup after missing Saturday’s win over the Toronto Maple Leafs with a groin injury, Burrows snapped a 1-1 tie at 6:44, ripping a shot five-hole on Steve Mason after taking a feed from Daniel Sedin off the rush.

Fans at Rogers Arena barely had a chance to sit down when Burrows buried his second of the night and 14th of the season on a Sedin rebound at 7:01.

Alexander Edler added a goal and an assist, while Radim Vrbata scored into an empty net late, for Vancouver (40-25-4) as the Canucks moved three points up on the Calgary Flames for second in the Pacific Division.

Eddie Lack made 27 stops to get the win.

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Michael Raffl replied for Philadelphia (29-28-15), which got 31 saves from Mason.

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The goals were the first for Burrows in 11 games, but he also missed seven other contests with the groin ailment, meaning that he hadn’t scored since Feb. 7.

Vrbata’s empty-net goal was his team-leading 26th.

After a scoreless first period, the Flyers grabbed a 1-0 lead at 10:42 of the second when Raffl deflected home a nice feed from Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux past Lack for his 17th of the season.

Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen rang a shot off the crossbar-post seam on a one timer earlier in the period, but the Canucks finally got on the board with 5:32 left. Seconds after Lack made a big glove save on Nick Cousins at the other end, Derek Dorsett threw a puck in front of Mason that linemate Brad Richardson deftly directed with his skate to a pinching Edler, who buried his sixth of the season from the side of the net.

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With the game being played on St. Patrick’s Day, the Canucks honoured former player, head coach, general manager and team president Pat Quinn prior to the opening faceoff in an on-ice ceremony

Quinn, who also coached the Flyers, died in November at age 71.

The start of the game was delayed by about 15 minutes, but when it got going the teams traded chances, with the Flyers coming closest to scoring in the opening period.

Philadelphia defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo hit the crossbar from the slot about six minutes in, and had another great chance from just about the same spot a bit later that Lack took off the chest protector.

Notes: The City of Vancouver unveiled Pat Quinn Way — a renamed portion of a street that runs adjacent to Rogers Arena — about an hour before the game. … Canucks forward Zack Kassian sat out with an undisclosed injury.

 

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