Kesler scores 2 in Canucks’ 6-2 rout of Flyers

The Pak Banker - - I Nternational -

VAN­COU­VER, BRI­TISH COLUMBIA: Ryan Kesler scored twice early in the sec­ond pe­riod and added an as­sist in the third as the Van­cou­ver Canucks beat the Philadel­phia Flyers 6-2 on Tues­day night.

Kesler fired in a wrist shot from the top of the cir­cle 56 sec­onds into the mid­dle pe­riod, and added his sec­ond goal on a nifty power play de­flec­tion less than five min­utes later to chase goalie Brian Boucher. He came inches from his sec­ond hat trick in two weeks when he hit the cross­bar on a break­away 7:47 into the third, but line­mate Jeff Tam­bellini tapped in the re­bound.

Manny Mal­ho­tra scored late in the first pe­riod, Daniel Sedin added a goal in be­tween Kesler's two, and Jan­nik Hansen scored early in the third as Van­cou­ver beat the Flyers at home for the first time since 1989. Danny Briere and Jeff Carter, on a late power play, scored for Philadel­phia, which was 10-0-4 in Van­cou­ver since that loss.

Hen­rik Sedin had three as­sists, and Roberto Luongo fin­ished with 35 saves for the Canucks, who are 12-1-2 in their last 15. They moved to one point be­hind Detroit for first place in the Western Con­fer­ence. The Flyers, play­ing their first game since a 5-0 loss to Florida eight days ear­lier, had a five-game win­ning streak snapped. They were out­shot 22-8 in first pe­riod. -Ap

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