MIN
35-36-11
VAN
51-22-9

Canucks 3, Wild 0

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Roberto Luongo celebrated his 700th NHL game in style with a sweet shutout victory.

His next start might bring back some sour memories.

Luongo made 28 saves in his milestone outing and led the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night.

He might be back in the nets on Saturday in Boston against the Bruins, the team that beat Luongo and the Canucks last season in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. That marquee matchup with start Vancouver's four-game road trip.

"We're going to enjoy the win and we'll focus on Boston (Thursday)," Luongo said.

Luongo earned his second shutout of the season - both against the Wild - and the 57th in his NHL career as the Canucks (25-13-3) moved to the top of the league standings with 53 points.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault hasn't said if Luongo or backup Cory Schneider, a Massachusetts native, will start against the Bruins.

"I wasn't playing to get the next start," said Luongo who was shelled 8-1, and pulled at 4-0 in Games 3 and 4 in Boston last June.

Schneider mopped up again when Luongo got the hook trailing 3-0 in Game 6, also in Boston. Luongo lost the deciding game 4-0, and a downtown riot ensued in Vancouver.

"Tonight's game was more important than Saturday's game ... division rival and they're right behind us in the standings," Luongo said. "That was my focus."

Luongo, who made 33 saves on Dec. 19 in a 4-0 win over Minnesota, wasn't severely tested but was good when he had to be. Top-line forwards Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows had goals, and Manny Malhotra scored into an empty net in the final minute.

"We tried to make those guys play out of their comfort zone," said Luongo, in the second season of an 11-year contract. "Whatever chances they had I was able to challenge and be confident that the boys would take care (of rebounds) back there."

Vancouver has one more point than Western Conference-rival Chicago, and the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers. The defending Western champion Canucks have won seven of 10.

The Wild (21-14-6), who led the Northwest Division before a rash of injuries in December, lost for the 10th time in 11 games and are five points behind Vancouver. Minnesota has lost 10 straight to the Canucks in Vancouver.

"Eventually this is going to have to stop," said Wild goalie Josh Harding, who stopped 32 shots. "We have to start winning some hockey games."

The Canucks took a 2-0 lead in the first period after Minnesota's Nick Schultz broke in on Luongo but hit the post with a shot off an odd-man rush.

Sedin, with his fifth goal in six games and 18th of the season, opened the scoring with Vancouver's NHL-leading 44th first-period goal. His shot from above the circle eluded Harding, who was screened by Burrows.

Burrows made it 2-0 just 3:42 later. The Canucks forward fell into the net but managed to finish a three-way passing play with the Sedin twins.

Luongo preserved the lead in the scoreless second period. He got a shoulder on Pierre-Marc Bouchard's blast and snagged Cal Clutterbuck's power-play shot that was headed for the top corner.

"He's one of the top goalies, and he showed it again," Burrows said. "He made some key saves in the second (period) on a couple of breakdowns."

Later in the period, Luongo stood his ground against Devin Setoguchi on another odd-man rush and found Nate Prosser's blue-line drive through heavy traffic. He got a glove on Setoguchi's shot from the slot with four minutes remaining.

"He was joking with me out there," Setoguchi said. "But you have to bury some of those chances. It's one of those things where the more frustrated you get, the worse it gets."

Burrows almost made it 3-0 early in the third period when Daniel Sedin's shot hit him in front of the net and glanced off the post.

Wild coach Mike Yeo said frustration showed when his win-starved club couldn't bury its chances.

"That's somewhat of a product of how things have gone for us lately," Yeo said. "You could certainly pick up on some frustration on the bench. We're going to have to fight through this."

NOTES: The Canucks held out a Minnesota defense tandem of Keith Ballard and Andrew Alberts. ... Setoguchi and Casey Wellman came off the Wild's injured list. ... The Wild will play nine of their next 12 on the road ... Both forward David Booth (knee) and defenseman Aaron Rome (thumb) have recovered sufficiently from their injuries to accompany the Canucks on their four-game trip that will begin Saturday at Boston.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
06:42VAN Daniel Sedin (18) ASST: Henrik Sedin (37), Dan Hamhuis (16) 1 - 0 VAN
10:24VAN Alexandre Burrows (15) ASST: Daniel Sedin (28), Henrik Sedin (38) 2 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
19:31VAN EN - Manny Malhotra (3) ASST: Ryan Kesler (19) 3 - 0 VAN
Three Stars of the Game
Roberto Luongo
1st
Roberto Luongo
G
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 24-24
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Alexandre Burrows
2nd
Alexandre Burrows
RW
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:29
Daniel Sedin
3rd
Daniel Sedin
LW
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:57
Penalty Summary
1st Period
12:26MIN Nick Johnson  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Dale Weise
12:26VAN Dale Weise  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Nick Johnson
12:52MIN Marek Zidlicky  Hooking against  Ryan Kesler
16:50VAN Mason Raymond  Tripping against  Devin Setoguchi
18:58MIN Nate Prosser  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jannik Hansen
2nd Period
07:18VAN Manny Malhotra  Hi-sticking against  Cal Clutterbuck
3rd Period
04:41VAN Henrik Sedin  Holding the stick against  Nate Prosser
09:42VAN Cody Hodgson  Hooking against  Warren Peters
shots by period
PeriodMINVAN
1st1116
2nd109
3rd710
Total2835
Team Stats
CategoryMINVAN
Power Plays0/40/2
Hits2623
Faceoff Wins3627
Giveaways312
Takeaways513
Blocked Shots1917
Penalty Minutes610
  • MINNESOTA
  • VANCOUVER
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3M. ZidlickyD00-21222:10
6M. ScandellaD00-10017:28
7M. CullenC00-21016:10
9M. KoivuC00-11020:28
10D. SetoguchiR0005016:12
14D. PoweC00-12014:03
15D. HeatleyL00-14020:41
17C. WellmanC0000010:22
18C. GilliesC000007:17
21K. BrodziakC00-21016:30
22C. ClutterbuckR00-15017:45
25N. JohnsonR00-10213:02
39N. ProsserD00-12219:27
43W. PetersC000207:47
44J. FalkD00-10018:26
46J. SpurgeonD00-13022:24
55N. SchultzD0000018:34
96P. BouchardC00-11016:31
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
37J. Harding3234.94158:43
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2D. HamhuisD0110021:30
3K. BieksaD0011022:49
4K. BallardD0001016:40
6S. SaloD0022020:05
9C. HodgsonC0002210:42
14A. BurrowsR1023017:29
17R. KeslerC0115020:22
20C. HigginsL0011016:10
21M. RaymondL0002214:01
22D. SedinL1125016:57
23A. EdlerD0020021:07
25A. EbbettC000108:30
27M. MalhotraC1012215:03
32D. WeiseR000129:58
33H. SedinC0220217:07
36J. HansenR0002013:16
40M. LapierreC0006012:11
41A. AlbertsD0001016:03
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1R. Luongo28281.00060:00