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Sanford, Canucks blank struggling Senators

Dec 29, 2008 - 6:55 AM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Canucks didn't miss captain Roberto Luongo in this one.

Curtis Sanford made 18 saves to record his first shutout of the season, leading the Canucks to a 3-0 victory over the slumping Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

Henrik Sedin and Pavol Demitra each scored a goal and set up another for Vancouver, which avoided a third straight loss.

"We were ready from the first drop (of the puck)," Demitra said. "Obviously, our biggest issue in our game is taking too many penalties and we did a great job today and that's how we're going to win games."

Defenseman Alexander Edler also tallied and Daniel Sedin had a pair of assists for the Canucks, who have been without Luongo since November 19. The superstar goaltender has been sidelined with a groin injury.

"Sandman's been a professional the whole time here," defenseman Shane O'Brien said of Sanford. "He got put in a tough spot with Luongo going down. They're tough shoes to fill but he's a pro and he's a good guy and we play hard in front of him because we know he's playing his guts out in net for us."

The Senators have lost their first three contests on their current eight-game road trip. Ottawa has been outscored by a 15-7 margin over that stretch.

"Obviously, not a great effort from us," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "We had a couple of chances early on and we don't score and give up a breakaway for them to get the lead."

"Mistakes obviously cost us goals," Ottawa coach Craig Hartsburg added. "We struggled obviously to finish. Third period, I thought at least we showed some spark - maybe that's a good step. It's obviously a very frustrating time, a tough time for this team."

Sanford turned aside five shots in the first period, six more in the next and seven in the third to complete his first shutout since January 23, 2006. It was his fifth career blanking.

"It's been a long time since my last one, so it's definitely a good feeling," Sanford said. "Can't say enough about how the guys played in front of me tonight, giving them only 18 shots - pretty good offensive team over there."

Henrik Sedin opened the scoring at 8:17 of the first session after Demitra forced a turnover in the Senators' zone and found Sedin open in front of the goal. Sedin's first attempt was stopped by Ottawa netminder Martin Gerber, but he converted the rebound.

Demitra was set up for a breakaway by Daniel Sedin and fired a snap shot past Gerber on the blocker side to give the Canucks a 2-0 edge with 9:44 left in the middle period.

"Those guys got so much skill and obviously we are similar players," Demitra said of the Sedin twins. "They played together for many years and I just tried to fit in. They've got great patience with the puck, so it's an easy game for me."

Edler provided the final margin, blasting a slap shot past Gerber with 2:50 left in the second.

Gerber finished with 29 saves.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    OTTAWA 0 0 0 0
    VANCOUVER 1 2 0 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - HENRIK SEDIN 5 (PAVOL DEMITRA) 8:17
    2ND PRD: VAN - PAVOL DEMITRA 11 (DANIEL SEDIN, HENRIK SEDIN) 10:16
    VAN - ALEXANDER EDLER 3 (DANIEL SEDIN) 17:10
    3RD PRD: NONE
    POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: OTT - 0 OF 5, VAN - 0 OF

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 0 0 0
    VANCOUVER 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - HENRIK SEDIN 5 (PAVOL DEMITRA) 8:17
    2ND PRD: VAN - PAVOL DEMITRA 11 (DANIEL SEDIN, HENRIK SEDIN) 10:16
    VAN - ALEXANDER EDLER 3 (UNASSISTED) 17:10
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- ---

    Dec 28 11:34 PM


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    OTTAWA 0
    VANCOUVER 3
    2ND PRD: VAN - ALEXANDER EDLER 3 (UNASSISTED) 17:10

    Senators 0, Canucks 3  2nd - 2:50Dec 28 11:30 PM


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    OTTAWA 0
    VANCOUVER 2
    2ND PRD: VAN - PAVOL DEMITRA 11 (DANIEL SEDIN, HENRIK SEDIN) 10:16

    Senators 0, Canucks 2  2nd - 9:44Dec 28 11:18 PM
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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 0 0
    VANCOUVER 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - HENRIK SEDIN 5 (PAVOL DEMITRA) 8:17
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTT 5 5
    VAN 17 17
    GOALIES: OTT - MARTIN GERBER
    VAN - CURTIS SANF

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    OTTAWA 0
    VANCOUVER 1
    1ST PRD: VAN - HENRIK SEDIN 5 (PAVOL DEMITRA) 8:17

    Senators 0, Canucks 1  1st - 11:43Dec 28 10:23 PM
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