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Canucks 3, Flyers 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 3, Flyers 0
Vancouver Canucks 3, Philadelphia Flyers 0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Roberto Luongo kept the Philadelphia Flyers' offense in a funk.

Luongo made 38 saves and defenseman Willie Mitchell broke a scoreless tie and the Vancouver Canucks topped the struggling Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 on Thursday night.

"It was one of those nights where you feel like the puck is just hitting you," said Luongo, who stopped 15 shots in the third period. "I didn't even see some of them and they ended up hitting me in the arm."

Philadelphia was shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since February 2003 and the Flyers have not scored in 160 minutes, 4 seconds going back to Braydon Coburn's goal late in the first period of a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 27.

The Flyers have scored four goals in their past four games.

"Traffic is the only equalizer," Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said. "We have to find a way to get more traffic in front of the net. We've got to get into the gritty areas, get in the high-traffic areas and dig deep. Look at ourselves in the mirror and look at one another and come and play 110 percent."

The Flyers have lost three straight and six of their past seven.

"We have to execute, play well, and win hockey games," Pronger said. "Right now, we're not doing any of the three. If I had the answer, we wouldn't be sitting here talking about it. It's not early any more. You can say that after 10-12 games, but we're 25 games in now.

"Right now we're struggling to score goals," Pronger said. "From that, we start looking for - whether it be easy ways or different ways than you normally do scoring goals. It's going to take three guys around the net bouncing it off somebody's shin pad. It's going to take a dirty goal for us to turn this around."

Three Stars
Daniel Sedin

A goal and an assist, as well as a +2 rating, Daniel had a strong night. Perhaps Edler should have got the first star though as he had more stats, but Daniel played a strong game coming back from injury.
1G, 1A,  +2, 2 SOG

Alex Edler

One goal, 2 assists, and a +3 on the night. Plus some hits and blocked shots - Edler did it all. Atta a boy Alex! We knew you had it in you! Now do it again tomorrow night.
1G, 2A, +3, 2 SOG, 2 Hits, 2 Blocked Shots

Henrik Sedin

Where one Sedin is, the other must follow. Henrik picks up the 3rd star for 2 assists, a +2 rating and a blocked shot. -3 in the faceoff circle though! Come on Henrik!
0G, 2A, +2, 2 SOG

Mitchell scored at 13:38 of the second period when he picked up a loose puck in front of the Philadelphia net and scooped a backhand over the shoulder of Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher, who finished with 26 saves.

It was the third goal of the season and first in 22 games for Mitchell.

"I get scared when he wanders off near the other team's net," Luongo said, "but he did a great job."

The Canucks won for the fourth time in five games and picked up a second straight convincing win to begin a four-game East Coast trip. The Canucks beat the Devils 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Vancouver added a goal four minutes later when Daniel Sedin's shot was redirected off the back of Alexander Burrows. Christian Ehrhoff finished the scoring with 3:19 left in the game with a slap shot that trickled past Boucher for his seventh goal. Henrik Sedin added two assists.

That was more than enough offense for Luongo. He made a nice save of Arron Asham's tip-in attempt late in the second period and came up big on a power play early in the third period, stopping another chance by Asham and then a slap shot from Pronger.

"(Luongo) was unreal," Burrows said. "Spectacular. In the third, he just kept making big save after big save."

NOTES: Mitchell's goal was the 18th of his career in 566 games. ... Vancouver is 5-0-0 this season against Eastern Conference opponents. ... Vancouver improved to 12-1-0 when leading after two periods. ... Philadelphia's previous home shutout came in a 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Feb. 9, 2008.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Willie Mitchell (3) ASST: Rick Rypien (2), Tanner Glass (2)
1 - 0 VAN
Alexandre Burrows (8) ASST: Daniel Sedin (8), Henrik Sedin (17)
2 - 0 VAN
3rd Period
Christian Ehrhoff (7) ASST: Henrik Sedin (18)
3 - 0 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
Alexandre Burrows  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Mike Richards
Henrik Sedin  Holding against  Mike Richards
Ryan Kesler  Cross checking against  Jeff Carter
2nd Period
Kimmo Timonen  Interference against  Mikael Samuelsson
Chris Pronger  Slashing against  Ryan Kesler
Mike Richards  Fighting (maj) against  Kevin Bieksa
Kevin Bieksa  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Richards
Daniel Briere  Spearing against  Mikael Samuelsson
Willie Mitchell  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Pronger
Chris Pronger  Fighting (maj) against  Willie Mitchell
Mikael Samuelsson  Roughing against  Daniel Briere
Daniel Briere  Spearing against  Mikael Samuelsson
3rd Period
Mason Raymond  Hi-sticking against  Mike Richards
Alexandre Burrows  Interference on goalkeeper against  Brian Boucher
Kimmo Timonen  Hooking against  Jannik Hansen
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
SA: 38TOI: 60:00
Saves: 38EV: 25 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
Brian Boucher
Brian Boucher
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .897SH: 3 - 3