LUONGO, CANUCKS SHUT OUT SABRES
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo had little trouble picking up his first shutout of the season against a Buffalo Sabres team that’s having trouble scoring goals.
The Associated Press
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo had little trouble picking up his first shutout of the season against a Buffalo Sabres team that’s having trouble scoring goals.
Luongo made 25 saves and the Vancouver Canucks shut out the Sabres 3-0 on Thursday night.
“He made some big saves on a power play to keep it out,” Canucks coach John Tortorella said. “I don’t think he was terribly busy, but that’s a hard game for him and he made some big saves at key times for us.”
Brad Richardson, Chris Higgins and Ryan Stanton scored for the Canucks (5-3), who are off to their best start since opening 2005 at 6-1-1.
Luongo was tested with 11 shots in the third period before finishing his first shutout since Feb. 22 at Nashville. It was his 63rd career shutout. Luongo entered the game with an .899 save percentage and three games with three or more goals allowed.
“I’ve been feeling good the whole year,” Luongo said. “The stats don’t show it really, but the important thing is not to get frustrated.”
The Sabres (1-7-1) remain winless at home this season and were again booed off the ice after the second period in what’s become a familiar refrain.
Buffalo failed to build momentum after getting its first win of the season Tuesday at the New York Islanders. The closest the Sabres came to scoring came 53 seconds into the third period when Thomas Vanek beat Luongo over his right shoulder. It was ruled a goal, but overturned when replays showed the puck hitting the crossbar and left post before rolling along the goal line.
• Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was carried off the ice on a stretcher after being rammed into the boards by Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod. The Red Wings said Kronwall suffered a concussion.
• New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will be sidelined three to four weeks because of a broken thumb.
• Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta is appealing a 10-game suspension issued for an illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson last week.