NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Vancouver
(Saturday, October 24th)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Toronto 1
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler scored power- play goals in the first period, and Roberto Luongo made 35 saves to help the Canucks hang on for a 3-1 win over the still-winless Toronto Maple Leafs.
Raymond added an empty-net score in the final minute for Vancouver, which has won five of seven overall since beginning the season with three losses.
"This was obviously one of Roberto's best games, if not his best game of the year," Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault said. "From start to finish he made key saves at a key time. He's the one that permitted us to win tonight."
Niklas Hagman had the lone goal for Toronto, which fell to 0-7-1 this season to continue the worst start in franchise history. The Leafs had not lost eight in a row since January 10-28, 2006, and are two away from matching their all- time longest losing streak. Toronto lost 10 in a row from January 15-February 8, 1967.
Joey MacDonald allowed two goals on 24 shots in the loss for the Leafs, who were playing for the first time since a 4-1 loss to the Rangers last Saturday.
Vancouver got on the board in the late stages of the first period, after Christian Ehrhoff tried a shot from the right circle. It was blocked by MacDonald, but the puck was knocked down and Raymond managed to stuff it in the net with 5:10 left. The goal was reviewed and eventually upheld.
Then, with 2:28 left, after Toronto's Rickard Wallin was called for delaying the game, Kesler made it a 2-0 game.
"The important thing is we're generating chances," Kesler. "We'd like to finish a little bit more of those, but we are getting chances and we are making teams make decisions with the puck, which is good."
Hagman had the only goal of the second period, coming with 3:14 remaining. It came just seven seconds into a holding penalty on the Canucks' Henrik Sedin.
Luongo stopped 10 shots in the third period, including one in a frenzied final minute after Toronto took MacDonald off the ice. But the Canucks gathered the long rebound and eventually scored the empty-netter.
Ehrhoff had two assists for Vancouver, which hosts Edmonton on Sunday...Toronto plays at Anaheim on Monday in the continuation of its five- game road-trip.
10/25 00:58:51 ET