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Luongo snuffs Oilers

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

You want to know what happened in the Canucks game and you want to know now. We get it. Here’s the bare bones recap of Vancouver’s 2-0 win over Edmonton.

Vancouver killed off a four-minute high-sticking double-minor Michael Grabner was assessed for getting the lumber up on Edmonton’s Lubomir Visnovsky 6:23 into the third period.

The Canucks held the Oilers to only two shots on goal on the man advantage. Vancouver led 2-0 at that point and an Edmonton goal would have swung the momentum in the Oilers favour with plenty of game left.

Michael Grabner and Henrik Sedin scored for Vancouver, while Roberto Luongo made 27 stops for his first shutout of the season.

For the second consecutive game Vancouver’s best player played like it as Roberto Luongo put up a brick wall in a 27-save performance for his first shutout of the season.

This donut is the 21st of his career with the Canucks, breaking Kirk McLean’s team-record of 20. The shutout was the 48th of Luongo’s career, which moves him into a tie for third overall on the all-time shutout list for active goalies.

With six wins in 11 starts and three games remaining in October for the Canucks, Luongo is on pace to record his best opening month since going 7-4-1 in 2006-07.

Michael Grabner gave Roberto Luongo all the cushion he needed as his first period power play goal stood as the game-winner.

The 22-year-old Austrian forward seems to be gaining confidence by the minute as each shift he terrorized the Oilers compiling seven shots on goal and another three that missed the net or were blocked.

With two goals in his past three games and four points over that stretch, Grabner is establishing himself as a go-to player for the Canucks offensively. What a difference a month makes as that previous sentence was laughable following training camp.

Roberto Luongo’s first shutout of the season was more the result of good positioning and extra effort than it was bounces, which was more the case in Vancouver’s win over Toronto on Saturday.

Lui has truly reestablished himself between the pipes after a shaky start and his numbers reflect that. A .905 save percentage is fourth among goalies who have started at least 10 games, while goals against average of 2.57 is second only to Craig Anderson for netminders with at least 10 games under their belt.

Michael Grabner on the difference in his play since the pre-season and his team-high seven shots on goal:

“I think I’m a lot looser, there’s not as much pressure and it’s easier to play now so I just try to show them what I can do.

“The coaches told me to shoot so every time I have the puck and I have a chance to get it on net I try to hit the net and create some scrambles in front of the net and hopefully get some dirty goals."

With an assist on Henrik Sedin’s fourh goal of the season, Darcy Hordichuk not only picked up his first point of the season, he also equaled Roberto Luongo for career points with the Canucks at six.

Luongo has six helpers with Vancouver, while Hordichuk has found the back of the net four times and assisted on a pair of others.

Hordichuk was a double threat on this night as he also dropped the gloves with Edmonton’s Zach Stortini near the end of the first period. It was a split decision, although Stortini ended up donating a lot of blood.

The Canucks get Monday to rest up before they’re back at it Tuesday at home against Detroit.

The Red Wings have lost three straight games and haven’t collected two points since a 5-2 win over the LA Kings on Oct. 15.

This is the first of four meetings between these two teams this season.


1 – Point for Darcy Hordichuk, his first of the season.

4 – Points for Michael Grabner in his last three games, including the game-winning goal against Edmonton.

27 – Saves for Roberto Luongo in his first shutout of the season.

48 – Career blankings for Luongo.

21 – Career shutouts as a Canuck for Luongo, moving him one past Kirk McLean for first all-time with Vancouver.

"I think we are really starting to play well as a team system wise and defensively. That makes my job a lot easier."

Roberto Luongo

"[Grabner] is using his strengths to his advantage, his speed and his shot and he’s dangerous from all over the ice."

-Ryan Kesler

"I felt great, really good, everything felt good out there, I just tried to keep it real simple and not try to do too much and this was a good game to come back in. "

-Mathieu Schneider

Michael Grabner provided all the scoring the Canucks needed on this night, while Henrik Sedin added some insurance.

Vancouver's offence outshot Edmonton 29-27 forcing Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers to come up big at times to keep this game within reach.

For the second straight game Grabner led the Canucks in shots, he had seven on the night.


Vancouver's defence played its best game of the season and that helped Roberto Luongo shut the door behind them.

Lui stopped 27 shots for the shutout, while the Canucks blocked another nine. Vancouver was at its best in killing a 5-on-3 in the first period and a four-minute double-minor in the third.


Vancouver's penalty killers held Edmonton to just two shots on goal during a potential game-changing Edmonton power play in the third; the Canucks held the Oilers to 0-for-6 overall.

One power play goal was all the Canucks could muster as they finished 1-for-4.

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