The Vancouver Canucks kept their command of the Western Conference with a 4-2 triumph over the Ottawa Senators on Monday, their sixth straight win.
The Canucks took a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Alexandre Burrows, Ryan Kesler and Mikael Samuelsson then held on to keep their nine-point lead at the top of the West.
After Nick Foligno and Jason Spezza scored in the second period to pull Ottawa within one, Samuelsson added his second goal of the night for Vancouver into an empty net with 32 seconds left to clinch the win.
Samuelsson also added an assist to help send the struggling Senators (17-29-8) to their 10th straight loss.
You've got to stick with it, Samuelsson, who has 11 points in the last six games following a 14-game goal drought, told reporters.
It's not going to go your way all the time. You stay humble and you really have to bear down and remind yourself what (worked) in the past.
Goaltender Roberto Luongo made 31 saves and Mason Raymond added three assists in the victory for the Canucks (35-10-9).
Ottawa, in last-place in the Northeast Division, lost for the 16th time in 17 games while reaching its longest losing streak since the 1995-96 season when the team dropped 11 straight.
We've just got to figure out what we did well in the second half of the game and bring that to our next game, said Spezza.
We're not getting the wins. We've just got to find a way to start getting them.
Senators goaltender Brian Elliott made 26 saves but was lifted late in the third for a sixth attacker as Ottawa pressed for a tying goal.
Vancouver defenseman Keith Ballard suffered a leg injury and was taken off the ice during the game after he got tangled with Senators forward Milan Michalek.