SUNRISE, Fla. – The Vancouver Canucks were not surprised their NHL game against former goaltender Roberto Luongo came down to a shootout.
Nicklas Jensen scored in the first period and added the only goal in the shootout and the Canucks earned a 4-3 victory over Luongo and the Florida Panthers on Sunday.
Alex Burrows and Dan Hamhuis also scored for the Canucks, who are 4-12-1 in their last 17 games. Rookie Eddie Lack made 26 saves.
“It’s fitting that it goes down to a shootout against him,” said Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa. “He (Luongo) and Eddie (Lack) were joking about having it end in a 0-0 tie and just calling it a game, but we had other plans.”
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Luongo faced his former team 12 days after being traded to Florida. Three-time All-Star Luongo, 34, is 2-3 since joining the Panthers.
Lack, 26, stopped all three shots in the shootout and won against Luongo, his former teammate.
“I challenged him to a goalie fight when we chatted before the game, but he didn’t want to go,” a joking Lack said. “It was strange to see him at the other end of the ice, but I’m sure he felt the same way looking down at our end.”