Luongo, Canucks blank Leafs

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 02, 2013
Roberto Luongo made 21 saves for his second shutout of the season, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Daniel Sedin, Zack Kassian, Chris Higgins and Dan Hamhuis scored for the Canucks, who rebounded from a disappointing loss to Detroit on Wednesday with one of their best efforts of the season. Henrik Sedin, who along with his brother signed a four-year contract extension on Friday, picked up an assist on Daniel's first-period goal to extend his point streak to 11 games (three goals, 10 assists). Before the game, Vancouver retired former star winger Pavel Bure's No. 10 in a ceremony that lasted 20 minutes and included a number of standing ovations. Dubbed the ''Russian Rocket'' for his blazing speed, Bure had 254 goals and 224 assists in 428 games with Vancouver over seven seasons. James Reimer kept the Maple Leafs in it most of the night, making 43 saves as Toronto was outshot for the 13th time in 15 games this season. The Maple Leafs also snapped their three-game winning streak. The Canucks came out with speed and passion that would have made Bure proud in the first period, taking a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard and an 11-0 edge on shots before the game was 10 minutes old. Reimer was strong early with four big stops during a frenetic sequence just over four minutes in, including one on Mike Santorelli on a 2-on-1 break and a desperation pad save on Alexandre Burrows. Vancouver finally got one past the Toronto goalie at 5:55 on the power play. The Canucks came into the game ranked tied for 28th in the NHL with the man advantage but connected with Nazem Kadri off for hooking when Ryan Kesler's touch pass found Henrik Sedin in front. The Canucks captain rifled a shot that went off Daniel Sedin for a goal that was just Vancouver's fifth on power play all season. Toronto got its first shot of the night at 8:17, but Phil Kessel's shot from the slot was gobbled up by Luongo. Vancouver made it 3-0 with goals in quick succession early in the second. Kassian made it 2-0 by firing a shot past Reimer that deflected in off Toronto defenseman Cody Franson at 2:07 on a play that might have cost the Maple Leafs more than a goal. Gritty forward Dave Bolland suffered a cut on his left leg on a hit by Kassian moments before the goal and had to be helped to the locker room. He did not return. Higgins then ripped a shot past Reimer on a 2-on-1 rush to make it 3-0 at 5:05 after rookie Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly misplayed the puck at the Vancouver blue line. After Toronto killed off a 2-minute two-man advantage, Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk was stoned by Luongo on a backhand chance on a power play late in the period that would have given his team life after 40 minutes. Toronto was short-handed three times in the first 9 minutes of the third period, but Reimer kept his team alive before Hamhuis rounded out the scoring with 5:12 remaining. NOTES: Luongo's first shutout this season came against Buffalo on Oct. 17. ... Daniel Sedin's goal in the first period was just the Canucks' second power-play goal at home this season. ... Saturday's game marked the return of Mason Raymond to Vancouver. The Maple Leafs' forward, who spent seven seasons with the Canucks, was not offered a contract in the offseason and made the Toronto roster on a tryout. So far this season, the 28-year-old has five goals and six assists. ... Former Canucks tough guy Gino Odjick got a big ovation during Bure's ceremony. Also on hand was Pat Quinn, who was Bure's first coach with Vancouver.
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