What promised to be a scoring duel between the league's two hottest teams became a battle of goaltenders last night in Ottawa.
The Vancouver Canucks squeezed out a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators yesterday in a fast but defensive game in the nation's capital.
Taylor Pyatt returned to the Canucks lineup with a broken thumb to score the opening goal and pick up an assist.
Daniel Alfredsson's goal at 8:13 of the third ended Roberto Luongo's shutout streak, stretching back to last week's victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, at 154 minutes and 42 seconds.
Vancouver has now won 10 of its last 11 games.
The win moves the Canucks three points ahead of the Calgary Flames in the race for first in the Northwest division.
The Canucks head to Buffalo tonight for their final game before the all-star break. The game is on pay-per-view and Team 1040.