NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Vancouver
(Thursday, November 29th)
Final Score: Vancouver 2, Columbus 0
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Roberto Luongo used 25 saves to record his third consecutive shutout and in the process set a new Vancouver record for consecutive shutout minutes, as the Canucks blanked the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-0, in a chippy contest at GM Place.
Luongo, who shut out the Chicago Blackhawks on November 25 and followed that with a 26-save effort in Vancouver's 4-0 win over Anaheim on Tuesday, has not allowed a goal in his last 195 minutes, 19 seconds. The last player to score against Luongo was St. Louis Blues forward Martin Rucinsky, who tallied late in the third period in the Canucks-Blues game on Black Friday.
"It's nice, but right now we've got to look at the way we're winning games and the type of hockey we want to be playing," said Luongo of his streak. "I think the whole group should feel good about themselves."
Lukas Krajicek scored a goal with help from the Sedin brothers and Mattias Ohlund was also credited with a goal for the Canucks, who have won six of their last eight games overall.
Fredrick Norrena allowed two goals on 21 shots for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped two straight following a two-game win streak. Norrena is playing in place of starter Pascal Leclaire, who left Monday's 3-1 loss to Edmonton in the second period with a hamstring injury.
Following a scoreless first period, the Canucks scored twice in the middle stanza and led 2-0 after 40 minutes of play.
First, at the 4:05 mark, a fluke goal made it 1-0. Ohlund skated across the blue line down the right-wing side on a 3-on-2 rush and attempted a centering pass from inside the circle. The puck, though, deflected off the skate of Columbus defenseman Adam Foote and into the back of the cage. Ohlund was credited with his fourth goal of 2007-08.
"I think it was something between a shot and a pass but we'll take it," joked Ohlund. "I don't think it was the prettiest goal, but we got the win."
Later in the second, Vancouver moved ahead by two courtesy of swift passing deep in its offensive zone. Henrik Sedin held control atop the right circle and sent a pass across the slot for his brother Daniel, who used his long reach to keep the puck near the outer rim of the left circle. Moments later, a cross-crease pass perfectly found the stick of Krajicek, whose quick snap shot from near the right post deflected off of Norrena and dribbled over the goal line with 7:40 remaining before the second intermission.
"Lukas came down on the back side and Dan was able to give it to him, and it was a strong play by Luke to get it in the net," said Henrik Sedin.
Luongo made several key saves in that second period, a 20-minute session that saw him face 15 shots. Columbus forwards Nikolai Zherdev and Sergei Fedorov both had good scoring chances but Luongo was quicker. Zherdev had a nice look on a wrist shot from the slot and Fedorov was all alone near the right post, but both attempts were pushed aside by Luongo.
"They were throwing everything at the net (during that period), and I got lucky a couple of times," Luongo said. "I didn't see it and it ended up finding me and sticking on me. Sometimes you get the bounces and you just go with it."
The Blue Jackets registered only five shots on goal in the final period.
"It's no secret that (Luongo) is one of the best goalies in the league, but in saying that, we didn't work hard enough to beat him," said Columbus forward Rick Nash. "When you play against that (caliber) goaltender, you really have to work him, and we weren't good enough."
The previous shutout record for a Vancouver goaltender was held by Ken Lockett, who did not allow a goal in 184:20 during a stretch from March 29 - April 4, 1975. Luongo also set a new personal best in this category. He previously set his shutout streak of 184:37 while with the Florida Panthers in late February of 2004...Canucks forward Markus Naslund did not register a point and remained one shy of tying Vancouver's all-time scoring record held by Trevor Linden (724 points)...The Canucks improved to 6-0-1 over their last seven home games and have captured six of the last eight games versus Columbus overall...The teams combined to go scoreless on nine power-play chances, five of which were awarded to Columbus...Attendance was 18,630.
11/30 01:55:45 ET