Roberto Luongo made 24 saves for his first win of the season and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Wednesday night...
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Roberto Luongo made 24 saves for his first win of the season and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Luongo, who has been on the trading block since Cory Schneider replaced him as Vancouver’s No. 1 goaltender, was rarely tested but still made some big saves in his 61st career shutout.
With the Canucks leading 2-0 in the third, Luongo stopped Matt Duchene on a short-handed breakaway that prompted calls of “Luuu, Luuu” from Canucks fans. He later blocked a John Mitchell shot from the slot.
Jason Garrison and Max Lapierre each scored for the first time this season, and Zack Kassian picked up his fifth goal in seven games.
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Kassian tipped a Dan Hamhuis shot past Semyon Varlamov at 8:18 of the third, snapping an 0-for-13 power-play drought for the Canucks.
• Matt Cullen scored 90 seconds into the game and again in a shootout to lift the host Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 victory over Chicago, handing the Blackhawks their first loss in seven games this season. The Blackhawks and San Jose were the only teams to start 6-0 this year. The Wild improved to 4-1 at home.
• The prospective owner of the Phoenix Coyotes is unlikely to complete a deal to buy the team from the NHL before a lease agreement with Glendale, Ariz., expires, a league official said. Barring a last-minute change, former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison won’t have the money or investors in place to meet the midnight Thursday deadline.
• Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will be sidelined for 10 to 14 days after hurting his shoulder in New York’s win over Philadelphia.
• Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta was released from a hospital after absorbing a hard hit late in the first period of Buffalo’s 4-3 loss to Toronto.
• The NHL suspended New York Islanders right wing Colin McDonald for two games after a boarding incident involving Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy.