Luongo earns 1st victory for Canucks
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.
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.