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Game 16: Channeling Bure

by Daniel Fung / Vancouver Canucks
It was a vintage night at Rogers Arena on Saturday. Pavel Bure was in the house, the Sedin twins were up to their usual wizardry and, oh yeah, the Maple Leafs left town with a loss.

Daniel Sedin, Zack Kassian, Chris Higgins and Dan Hamhuis all scored for the Canucks as the home team rolled to a 4-0 victory over the visiting Maple Leafs at Rogers Arena.

The win was the Canucks' 11th in a row against the Leafs and their sixth in a row in Vancouver dating back all the way to November 2003. It ensures that the Leafs' run of futility against the Canucks will eclipse the decade mark as the teams won’t face each other again until February 8 in Toronto.

Fittingly on a night where the Canucks were honouring Bure, a player who dominated the game offensively just about every time he stepped on the ice, it was the current crop of players who seemed to channel the spirit of the franchise's former superstar by dominating the play at the offensive end of the ice for the majority of the night.

Vancouver out-shot Toronto 47-21 and were probably unlucky they didn't find the back of the net more often than the four times they did particularly early on in the contest when they jumped out to an 11-0 lead in shots less than seven minutes into the game.

The Canucks also enjoyed a season-high nine power play opportunities thanks to undisciplined play by the Leafs who racked up 52 total penalty minutes in the contest.

Roberto Luongo made 21 saves for his second shutout of the season and 63rd of his NHL career. James Reimer made 43 saves on 47 shots in the loss for the Leafs.

The Canucks, who improved to 10-5-1 on the season, open a four-game road trip on Tuesday in Phoenix.

HANK KEEPS ON ROLLING: Pavel Bure may be the most exciting player in team history but no one has put up points in a Canucks' uniform quite like Henrik Sedin, who extended his current point-streak to a personal career-high 11 games with his assist on Daniel Sedin's first period marker. Henrik, who has three goals and 13 points during this streak, is now just four games shy of equaling the franchise record of longest point streak currently shared by Petr Nedved and Todd Bertuzzi.

ALMOST BREAKING BURE: When Bure arrived at Rogers Arena tonight for his jersey retirement ceremony, he probably did not envision he'd nearly watch one of his records fall on the same night. Bure, along with Russ Courtnall and Trevor Linden, holds the team record for most shots in a single game with 13. That number was nearly eclipsed by Alexander Edler, who just finished just shy of the mark with 12 shots in the contest.

LONG TIME COMING: Bure's No. 10 finally going up to the rafters at Rogers Arena was a long time coming, but not as long as the Canucks finally posting their second-ever shutout of the Leafs. Prior to Luongo's blanking of Toronto tonight, the last Canuck to post a shutout against the Leafs was Dunc Wilson way back on October 27, 1971 in a 0-0 game. That shutout also happened to be the very first shutout in Canucks' franchise history.

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