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Luongo returns, helps Canucks blank Devils

Dec 19, 2007 - 6:52 AM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Rust was certainly not a factor for Roberto Luongo on Tuesday night.

After missing the past four games with a rib contusion, Luongo made 32 saves to register his fifth shutout of the season and lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-0 triumph over the New Jersey Devils.

"We played another great game," Luongo said. "I felt pretty sharp technically. You want to be ready and I tried to do my job and played it from there."

Before sustaining the injury, Luongo was playing as well as any other goaltender in the NHL. The 28-year-old posted a 4-1-1 record with three shutouts over his previous six starts, yielding just five goals over that stretch.

Luongo picked up right where he left off on Tuesday, stopping 11 shots in the first period, 15 in the second and five in the third to record his 37th career shutout.

"I think having Roberto come back and play like this and setting the tone right off the bat by saving the breakaway I think he set the pace," Canucks captain Markus Naslund said.

"It's good for him to get the rest and coming back with a solid effort is huge," Ryan Kesler said. "It was good for him to challenge the team like that."

It was also Luongo's second consecutive shutout versus the Devils after losing 13 of his first 16 career meetings against them. Luongo made 22 saves on January 27, 2006 in a 4-0 victory over New Jersey as a member of the Florida Panthers.

"Luongo made saves tonight, but we also made it easier on him too," Devils head coach Brent Sutter said. "We didn't do enough here tonight to create traffic to make it tough on him to see shots. He's seeing every shot we took on him and he was there to make the saves."

Naslund scored two goals and defenseman Aaron Miller tallied for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign for Vancouver, which went 1-2-1 during Luongo's absence.

After Henrik Sedin won the faceoff cleanly, Miller fired a one-timer past Devils netminder Martin Brodeur to open the scoring with his first goal in over four years with 2:16 left in the opening session. His last tally came on November 27, 2003 as a member of the Los Angeles Kings.

"It was a long time ago. I think it was pre-lockout," Miller said referring to his last NHL goal. "It's good to get one again. It's good to not play in a tight game and relax in the third period. The Canucks played great. Lou's back and played awesome. Good effort, it was a good one for us."

"It kind of hit off my player and hit the ice and went up on me," Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said of Miller's tally. "It's like a deflection type of goal. It's a lucky bounce."

Ryan Kesler and Trevor Linden both scored in the first three minutes of the second period to give the Canucks a 3-0 edge.

Kesler notched his ninth goal of the season just 69 ticks into the session after he blocked Devils blue-liner Andy Greene's shot and raced down the ice uncontested. Brodeur blocked the first attempt, but Kesler managed to reach back with his stick and poke the puck into the net.

"I saw the puck from the corner of my eye and just tried to reach back and wanted to get anything on it," Kesler said.

Naslund gave the Canucks a 4-0 lead at 8:51 of the middle session when he took a pass from Daniel Sedin and buried a shot into the open net.

"It was a beautiful play by the (Sedin) Twins," Naslund said. "You just have to be ready when the puck comes."

The Swedish captain then secured his second multi-goal performance of the season when he tallied at 7:44 of the third period to give Vancouver a 5-0 advantage.

Naslund, who had not scored a goal in his past nine games, registered a hat trick on November 21 against the Minnesota Wild.

Henrik Sedin matched his season high with three assists and his brother Daniel added two more for the Canucks, who are tied with the Wild atop the Northwest Division.

The reigning Vezina Trophy winner, Brodeur, who was 11-1-1 in his previous 13 games, stopped just 19 of the 24 shots he faced for New Jersey.

"You know, we had talked about our start needing a good start against this team," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NEW JERSEY 0 0 0 0
    VANCOUVER 1 3 1 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - AARON MILLER 1 (HENRIK SEDIN) 2:16
    2ND PRD: VAN - RYAN KESLER 9 (UNASSISTED) 1:09
    VAN - TREVOR LINDEN 4 (BYRON RITCHIE, LUKAS KRAJICEK) 2:43
    VAN - MARKUS NASLUND 12 (DANIEL SEDIN, HENRIK SEDIN) 8:51
    3RD PRD: VAN

    Dec 19 12:32 AM


  • NHL
    NEW JERSEY 0
    VANCOUVER 5
    3RD PRD: VAN - MARKUS NASLUND 13 (DANIEL SEDIN, HENRIK SEDIN) 7:44

    Devils vs. CanucksDec 19 12:10 AM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NEW JERSEY 0 0 0
    VANCOUVER 1 3 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - AARON MILLER 1 (HENRIK SEDIN) 2:16
    2ND PRD: VAN - RYAN KESLER 9 (UNASSISTED) 1:09
    VAN - TREVOR LINDEN 4 (BYRON RITCHIE) 2:43
    VAN - MARKUS NASLUND 12 (DANIEL SEDIN, HENRIK SEDIN) 8:51
    SHOTS ON GOAL:

    Dec 18 11:40 PM


  • NHL
    NEW JERSEY 0
    VANCOUVER 4
    2ND PRD: VAN - MARKUS NASLUND 12 (DANIEL SEDIN, HENRIK SEDIN) 8:51

    Devils vs. CanucksDec 18 11:20 PM


  • NHL
    NEW JERSEY 0
    VANCOUVER 3
    2ND PRD: VAN - TREVOR LINDEN 4 (BYRON RITCHIE) 2:43

    Devils vs. CanucksDec 18 11:08 PM


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    NEW JERSEY 0
    VANCOUVER 2
    2ND PRD: VAN - RYAN KESLER 9 (UNASSISTED) 1:09

    Devils vs. CanucksDec 18 11:05 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NEW JERSEY 0 0
    VANCOUVER 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - AARON MILLER 1 (HENRIK SEDIN) 2:16
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NJD 11 11
    VAN 6 6
    GOALIES: NJD - MARTIN BRODEUR
    VAN - ROBERTO LUO

    Dec 18 10:46 PM


  • NHL
    NEW JERSEY 0
    VANCOUVER 1
    1ST PRD: VAN - AARON MILLER 1 (HENRIK SEDIN) 2:16

    Devils vs. CanucksDec 18 10:13 PM
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