UNIONDALE, NY (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks left Long Island with two more points and an appreciation for the way the Islanders play.
Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler scored in a shootout, and the surging Canucks beat the New York Islanders 4-3 on Tuesday night.
The Canucks were happy to get the two points, but they weren't so happy about the way they played.
``We had a tough time the whole game,' Daniel Sedin said. ``They had a lot of energy.'
Alex Burrows, Kesler and Kevin Bieksa scored for the Canucks in regulation. Roberto Luongo made 38 saves, helping Vancouver improve to 14-0-3 in its last 17 games.
``They played well,' Luongo said. ``It was a tougher game than it looked to be.'
The Canucks (28-8-6) lead the NHL with 62 points.
Jack Hillen, John Tavares and Blake Comeau had goals for the Islanders. Kevin Poulin turned aside 48 shots.
``Kevin was excellent,' Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. ``He faced a good team, and turned in a very good performance.'
Raymond scored in the shootout on a spin-o-rama move.
``I tried it a few times in practice,' Raymond said. ``The two points we got may make a big difference.'
Kesler's was the last shot taken.
``It was a nice ending,' Kesler said. ``But I'll tell you, they work really hard.'
Burrows started the scoring at 4:58. He was in front of the net and had a centering pass from Sedin deflect in off his body.
The Islanders were outshot 20-9 in the first period but had one great opportunity. About 3 minutes in, Michael Grabner came in on a breakaway, but Luongo made a right pad save.
Blake Comeau had a chance to tie it 9 minutes into the second period, but his hard wrister rang off the left post.
New York finally tied the game at 15:13, just a second after its first power play ended. Hillen, from the point, ripped a slap shot past Luongo.
The tie lasted until there were 15.4 seconds left in the period, when Kesler beat Poulin with a shot from the high slot to put the Canucks back ahead.
New York tied it again at 3:14 of the final period when Tavares somehow beat Luongo with a wrist shot from a hard angle during a power play.
The Islanders took a 3-2 lead with 5:36 left when Comeau put a slap shot from the left point past Luongo.
The lead lasted 24 seconds before Bieksa tied the game when his shot deflected in off an Islander.
NOTES: The Islanders called up RW Rhett Rakhshani from Bridgeport.
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