All season long, they have made a point of preaching that one game was never more important than the next.

Whether contender or pretender, the Vancouver Canucks approached the opposition with a businesslike manner, but Tuesday was different.

The league's top team needed one point to clinch the club's first Western Conference title and needed a victory to send the Nashville Predators a message prior to the postseason.

With their 3-1 victory, the Canucks won't uncork any champagne. It's not their style. But they can celebrate stretching their franchise records for wins (51), points (111), road wins (26) and consecutive road victories (9) after sweeping a four-game road trip in which they allowed just four goals.

Alex Burrows snapped a 1-1 draw with his second goal of the night in dramatic fashion on a late-game breakaway. After taking a long lead pass from Daniel Sedin, he got behind defenceman Shea Weber and went to the backhand to roof the puck past Pekka Rinne at 17:31.

"I'm not too sure how the turnover happened in the neutral zone, but I saw the twins were going to get it and I had a step on the D-man. He threaded the needle perfectly and I didn't think too much because I only have one move."

Aaron Rome then got his first goal in 110 games — an empty-net gift offering from Henrik Sedin and received a postgame pie in the face. That's as much celebrating as the Canucks did.

For Burrows, the night didn't lack drama. Not only did he score early in the third period to erase a 1-0 deficit, the winger had to go through the NHL's new concussion protocol after colliding with David Legwand in the opening frame.