NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Chicago
(Wednesday, October 25th)
Final Score: Vancouver 5, Chicago 0
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Roberto Luongo picked up his first shutout since joining Vancouver in the offseason, turning aside all 32 shots he faced as the Canucks blanked the reeling Chicago Blackhawks, 5-0.
Vancouver acquired the former Vezina finalist from Florida in the offseason trade that saw Todd Bertuzzi shipped to the Panthers.
Henrik Sedin scored two goals while his brother Daniel finished with three assists for the Canucks, who have won four of their last six contests.
Chicago, on the other hand, has lost three in a row and has been hit with the injury bug as of late. The Blackhawks will have to make due without forward Martin Havlat and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin for the next couple weeks.
Center Michal Handzus, acquired in a trade with Philadelphia right before the season, is out for the year with a knee-injury.
Brian Boucher, who will see his playing time increase with the absence of Khabibulin, finished with 26 saves.
"We didn't respond tonight," said Boucher. "It wasn't a very good game and we have to forget it. This was a stinker and not fun to play in."
Matt Cooke started the scoring for Vancouver just 4:54 into the opening period when his backhander from in front of the net slipped past Boucher to give the Canucks the early lead.
Then, with just 3:02 left in the first, Mattias Ohlund set up Brendan Morrison in the slot and he one-timed the feed into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
Vancouver then doubled its lead in the second period thanks to two soft goals given up by Boucher. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, had two goals disallowed.
Henrik Sedin took a pass for his brother in the slot and fired a soft wrister that somehow got past Boucher just 3:41 into the second.
Later in the period, Henrik Sedin fired a shot on net that Boucher managed to save. However, Taylor Pyatt stuffed in the rebound to make it 4-0 with 8:15 left in the period to make it 4-0.
Sedin's second goal of the game with 3:36 left in regulation capped the scoring.
Ohlund finished with two helpers for Vancouver...The Canucks went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Chicago squandered five opportunities with the man- advantage...The shutout was the 28th of Luongo's career and his first against Chicago in seven games.
10/25 23:38:38 ET