Luongo leads Canucks to surprising victory
Roberto Luongo, in a surprise start, made 40 saves and Maxim Lapierre scored the go-ahead goal as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Calgary...
CALGARY, Alberta — Roberto Luongo, in a surprise start, made 40 saves and Maxim Lapierre scored the go-ahead goal as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Andrew Ebbett centered a pass that Lapierre swatted behind Miikka Kiprusoff from the top of the crease, breaking a 1-1 tie with 9:23 left in regulation.
Up until that goal, most of the play in the third period was in Vancouver's end, where Luongo was sharp, turning aside dangerous chance after chance.
Calgary outshot the Canucks 41-29, including 18-9 in the final 20 minutes.
Alex Burrows, Mason Raymond and Daniel Sedin also scored for Vancouver, winner of nine of its past 12. The Canucks, who began a five-game road trip, opened a six-point lead atop the Northwest Division.
Curtis Glencross, with his team-leading 15th, had the lone goal for Calgary, which has lost six of its past seven.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist, and the NHL-worst Colorado Avalanche prevented Anaheim from clinching a playoff spot with a 4-1 victory.
Two days after ripping his teammates' work ethic and focus, Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 21 saves in his first win in nearly two months for Colorado, which snapped a five-game skid.
Coyotes beat Oilers
EDMONTON, Alberta — David Moss and Boyd Gordon each had a goal and an assist as the Phoenix Coyotes stayed firmly in the playoff picture with a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.