Luongo leads streaking Canucks past Oilers, 4-0
VANCOUVER 4, EDMONTON 0
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks
celebrated their sixth consecutive win for a short while, and
then quickly turned their attention to the Boston Bruins.
Roberto Luongo made 19 saves for his 65th career shutout,
helping Vancouver beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 on Friday night.
But with the Bruins set to visit Rogers Arena on Saturday night
for the first time since their victory in Game 7 of the 2011
Stanley Cup finals, the questions quickly shifted away from
Vancouver's fourth consecutive win on home ice.
"Didn't that happen about 20 years ago?" Canucks coach John
Tortorella said. "We'll play the game hard, they'll play the
game hard and we'll see what's left after 60 minutes."
The Canucks and Bruins met in Boston during the 2011-12 season
for their only other meeting since the Cup final, but Luongo
watched as Cory Schneider got the start.
"I think it's just a fun game to play," Luongo said. "It's been
a few years now and I think we have all moved on, but that being
said, I think there is a history there and those are the type of
games you want to play in.
"There's not much we can do about two years ago. (Saturday)
night is all about the two points."
After losing a shutout bid in the final seconds Sunday in a
victory over Colorado, Luongo moved within one of Hall of Famer
Patrick Roy for 14th place on the career list. Luongo has three
shutouts this season.
"I felt pretty good," Luongo said. "I wasn't getting much action
and that's not the type of game I love to play, but I was seeing
the puck well in warm-up so sometimes you just have that feeling
and I had that tonight. Obviously the guys did a great job in
front of me not giving them much."
The Canucks, who now have back-to-back shutouts after No. 2
goalie Eddie Lack blanked Carolina 2-0 on Monday, have given up
just six goals during their six-game winning streak.
Daniel Sedin, Zack Kassian, Chris Higgins and Dale Weise scored
to help Vancouver improve to 19-10-5. Jason Garrison added three
assists, and Ryan Kesler had two.
Devan Dubnyk made 36 saves for Edmonton (11-20-3).
"We just couldn't ever get going," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins
said. "It seemed like every time we got the puck, they had
already closed on us. We couldn't even get out of our zone for
most of the night."
Sedin opened the scoring in the second period, snapping a
five-game goal drought with his 11th of the season when his shot
from the point went in off Oilers defenseman Nick Schultz.
Vancouver made it 2-0 at 2:26 of the third when Kassian
deflected a shot from David Booth past Dubnyk for his sixth of
the season and first point in nine games.
Higgins scored at 6:07, taking a feed from Kesler and beating
Dubnyk with a quick release for his ninth goal. Higgins has two
goals and five assists in a four-game points streak.
Luongo made a big glove stop on defenseman Justin Schultz midway
through the period, and shot out his left pad on Ryan Jones to
preserve the shutout a few minutes later.
Weise scored on a power play with 34.8 seconds left.
"We just need to play the way we are capable of playing," Dubnyk
said. "That's been the most frustrating part of the whole year.
We've shown that we're capable and we know what to do."
NOTES: Higgins has two goals and five assists during his
four-game point streak. ... Friday's matchup was Kassian's first
against the Oilers since his eight-game suspension for hitting
Sam Gagner in the head with his stick during the preseason. The
Edmonton forward missed 13 games with a broken jaw. ... Oilers
forward Boyd Gordon returned to the lineup after missing six
games with a shoulder injury. ... Edmonton's four-game road trip
continues Sunday against Anaheim. ... After Saturday's meeting
with the Bruins, the Canucks open a three-game road trip against
Minnesota on Tuesday.
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