Canucks blank Sabres 3-0

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 17, 2013
Roberto Luongo made 25 saves and the Vancouver Canucks shut out the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 on Thursday night. Brad Richardson, Chris Higgins and Ryan Stanton scored for the Canucks (5-3-0), who are off to their best start since opening 2005 at 6-1-1. Luongo was tested with 11 shots in the third period before finishing his first shutout since Feb. 22 at Nashville. The Sabres (1-7-1) remain winless at home this season and were again booed off the ice after the second period in what's become a familiar refrain. Even louder were the ''Fire Darcy'' chants in reference to Sabres general manager Darcy Regier that came after Vancouver's third goal. Buffalo failed to build momentum after getting its first win of the season Tuesday at the New York Islanders. Their offense didn't record their 10th shot until there was 5:35 to go in the second period, as Drew Stafford took a shot from the top of the left circle. The closest the Sabres came to scoring came 53 seconds into the third period when Thomas Vanek beat Luongo over his right shoulder. It was ruled a goal, but overturned when replays showed the puck hitting the crossbar and left post before rolling along the goal line. Luongo won a matchup of goaltenders from the gold-medal game at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Canada's Luongo beat the United States' Miller, who gave up the decisive goal to Sidney Crosby in overtime. Both are candidates to play for their countries at the games in Sochi, Russia, in February. It was Vancouver's first win in four trips to Buffalo since Feb. 7, 2003. Vancouver opened the scoring with 5:07 to play in the first. Cody McCormick gave the puck away in the slot and Higgins scored over Miller's left shoulder. Vancouver's penalty kill improved to 16 for 16 on the road this season, and continued to supply offense. The Canucks doubled their advantage on an unusual short-handed goal. Jason Garrison's shot deflected off Mark Pysyk and Richardson used his backhand to tap the puck out of the air and past Miller. It was the Canucks' league-best third short-handed goal of the season. Miller made 31 saves for the Sabres, who were outshot 34-25. Mike Santorelli assisted on both goals for Vancouver, which is on the second game of a seven-game road trip. It was the second time the Sabres have been shutout this season and the seventh time they scored one goal or fewer. Buffalo rookie Rasmus Ristolainen received an ovation after a second-period hit sent Tom Sestito into the Buffalo bench. NOTES: Sabres RW Patrick Kaleta served the fourth game of a 10-game suspension, which he is appealing. ... Canucks D Alexander Edler served the final game of his three-game suspension for a high hit on San Jose's Tomas Hertl. ... Sabres rookie C Zemgus Girgensons was scratched in the first game since he was struck in the head with a puck at the Islanders on Tuesday night.
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