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Vrbata helps Canucks beat Jets 5-2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Radim Vrbata had two goals and an assist, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Henrik Sedin had an empty-net goal and two assists for the Canucks, who have won three in a row. Chris Higgins and Yannick Weber also scored, and Eddie Lack had 26 saves.

Vancouver (43-26-4), which also got two assists from Daniel Sedin, is second in the Pacific Division, four points up on Calgary.

Winnipeg had won five in a row. Jiri Tlusty and Blake Wheeler scored for the Jets, and Michael Hutchinson stopped 25 shots.

The Jets (38-24-12) are in control of the second wild card in the Western Conference. They are three points back of Minnesota and two ahead of Los Angeles, which has a game in hand.

Coming off a weekend road sweep of the Kings and Coyotes, the Canucks trailed 2-0 early in the second after Wheeler got his 23rd goal of the season at 5:07 following a dominant shift.

Vancouver then rallied midway through the period, scoring three times in a span of 8:03 to grab the lead.

Higgins got his 10th goal on a shot that squeezed past Hutchinson at 10:57 before Weber tied it at 16:29 on the power play, converting a one-timer for his eighth of the season.

The Canucks completed the turnaround with a minute left in the period when Henrik Sedin chipped the puck down the side to Vrbata, who beat Hutchinson for his team-leading 28th goal.

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