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Demitra, Luongo help Canucks finish successful homestand

Nov 16, 2008 - 5:32 AM VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Pavol Demitra's return could not have gone better.

Demitra recorded three assists and Robert Luongo stopped 28 shots as the Vancouver Canucks posted a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Kyle Wellwood, Ryan Kesler, defenseman Willie Mitchell and Daniel Sedin all tallied for the Canucks, who finished their season-high six-game homestand at 4-1-1 despite being outshot, 30-15.

They got a big boost from Demitra, who returned after missing 10 games with a rib cartilage injury.

"It's always nice to get a couple of points and win the game and build your confidence right away," Demitra said.



"For a player that had missed 10 games, obviously he really helped us offensively," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said.

Luongo, who had his franchise-record shutout streak snapped at 242 minutes, 36 seconds on Wednesday, looked as though he would record his fourth blanking in five games until he was beaten twice late.

"We've got the best goalie in the league, and that always helps," Demitra said. "I think it's so frustrating for every single team to go against Louie. He's unbelievable, and he gave us a chance to win the game."

Luongo turned the focus toward Demitra, however.

"He is one of the most skilled players I have seen," the captain said. "He sees the ice well and he's got a good shot, and he's got a full package."

Blue-liner Ian White and Matt Stajan scored less than three minutes apart in the latter stages of the third period for Toronto, which has lost five of seven.

"They played really tight," White said. "There wasn't a whole lot of room to maneuver out there. They probably loosened up a bit once they were comfortable with the lead, and that probably helped us, but we were fighting it pretty bad."

Vancouver jumped all over goaltender Vesa Toskala and led, 4-0, after two periods.

Wellwood and Kesler staked the Canucks to a 2-0 lead in the first. Wellwood scored his seventh of the season at 7:13, and Kesler doubled the advantage during a power play with 1:58 remaining.

Mitchell one-timed a pass from Alex Burrows past Toskala at 3:35 of the second to make it 3-0, and Sedin tipped in a feed from defenseman Lawrence Nycholat at 8:31 for a four-goal bulge.

That spelled the end of the night for Toskala, who stopped just five shots. Curtis Joseph came on and turned away all six shots he faced.

"I actually felt really good, that might be what (stinks) most," Toskala said. "I wasn't able to help the team more than that. They got a good scoring chance and they just put the puck in."

The Maple Leafs rallied late, as White beat Luongo between the pads with 5:07 left and Stajan scored a power-play goal 2:37 later.

"Obviously, we know (Luongo's) there, but I think you just focus more on getting more traffic," Stajan said. "But we've been doing that all year, that's why we've been scoring goals - getting traffic, getting rebounds. We know we have to do that. It's too bad we didn't get one earlier there because it could have been a different game."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 0 0 2 2
    VANCOUVER 2 2 0 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - KYLE WELLWOOD 7 (PAVOL DEMITRA, SHANE O'BRIEN) 7:13
    VAN - (PP) RYAN KESLER 5 (MATTIAS OHLUND, PAVOL DEMITRA)
    18:02
    2ND PRD: VAN - WILLIE MITCHELL 1 (ALEXANDRE BURROWS, JANNIK HANSEN)
    3:35
    VAN - DANIEL SEDIN 6

    Nov 15 9:44 PM


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    TORONTO 2
    VANCOUVER 4
    3RD PRD: TOR - (PP) MATT STAJAN 5 (TOMAS KABERLE, ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY)
    17:30

    Maple Leafs 2, Canucks 4  3rd - 2:30Nov 15 9:40 PM


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    TORONTO 1
    VANCOUVER 4
    3RD PRD: TOR - IAN WHITE 3 (JEFF FINGER, ANTON STRALMAN) 14:53

    Maple Leafs 1, Canucks 4  3rd - 5:07Nov 15 9:32 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 0 0 0
    VANCOUVER 2 2 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - KYLE WELLWOOD 7 (PAVOL DEMITRA, SHANE O'BRIEN) 7:13
    VAN - (PP) RYAN KESLER 5 (MATTIAS OHLUND, PAVOL DEMITRA)
    18:02
    2ND PRD: VAN - WILLIE MITCHELL 1 (ALEXANDRE BURROWS, JANNIK HANSEN)
    3:35
    VAN - DA

    Nov 15 8:50 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 0
    VANCOUVER 4
    2ND PRD: VAN - DANIEL SEDIN 6 (LAWRENCE NYCHOLAT, PAVOL DEMITRA) 8:31

    Maple Leafs 0, Canucks 4  2nd - 11:29Nov 15 8:27 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 0
    VANCOUVER 3
    2ND PRD: VAN - WILLIE MITCHELL 1 (ALEXANDRE BURROWS, JANNIK HANSEN)
    3:35

    Maple Leafs 0, Canucks 3  2nd - 16:25Nov 15 8:18 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 0 0
    VANCOUVER 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - KYLE WELLWOOD 7 (PAVOL DEMITRA, SHANE O'BRIEN) 7:13
    VAN - (PP) RYAN KESLER 5 (MATTIAS OHLUND, PAVOL DEMITRA)
    18:02
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TOR 13

    Nov 15 7:56 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 0
    VANCOUVER 2
    1ST PRD: VAN - (PP) RYAN KESLER 5 (MATTIAS OHLUND, PAVOL DEMITRA)
    18:02

    Maple Leafs 0, Canucks 2  1st - 1:58Nov 15 7:54 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 0
    VANCOUVER 1
    1ST PRD: VAN - KYLE WELLWOOD 7 (PAVOL DEMITRA, SHANE O'BRIEN) 7:13

    Maple Leafs 0, Canucks 1  1st - 12:47Nov 15 7:31 PM