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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Roberto Luongo made 29 saves for his third straight shutout, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Sami Salo scored a power-play goal in the first period, and Daniel Sedin added a breakaway tally with 2:41 left to give Luongo his first two-goal cushion in two games. He stopped 28 shots in a 1-0 win over Nashville on Thursday, and made 28 saves in a 4-0 victory against Nashville on Tuesday.

Luongo has four shutouts in six games, backstopping the Canucks to five wins. He has gone 201 minutes, 8 seconds without allowing a goal.

Nicklas Backstrom finished with 27 saves, but the injury-ravaged Wild fell to 2-4 after starting the season 6-0-1.

BOSTON (AP) - Manny Fernandez made 32 saves, and Chuck Kobasew marked his return to the Boston lineup with a goal and an assist.

The Bruins have won six of seven and four in a row at home.

Kobasew, back after missing 12 games because of a broken leg, assisted on Dennis Wideman's first-period goal that got the Bruins into a 1-1 tie. He then put the Bruins ahead to stay at 2:07 of the second period.

Tim Connolly gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead 10:16 into the first period with his first goal of the season. Connolly missed the first 10 games with a back injury.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Brent Johnson had 28 saves, including a pivotal stop on a penalty shot in the third period, and Washington topped the New York Rangers to remain unbeaten at home.

Starting a third straight game in place of inconsistent regular Jose Theodore, Johnson improved to 3-0-2 as a starter. He turned aside 102 of 107 shots during his three-game run.

The only shot that got past him was a power-play goal by Aaron Voros with 13:33 remaining. That cut Washington's lead to 2-1 and ruined Johnson's bid for his first shutout since April 1, 2006.

Alexander Semin scored into an empty net with 5.5 seconds left to clinch it.

Brooks Laich and Tom Poti also scored for the Capitals, 11-0-1 on home ice dating to last season. Washington (5-0-1) is one of four NHL teams without a home loss in regulation this season.

Alex Ovechkin got an assist on the Capitals' first goal, but now has gone a career-high nine straight games without a goal.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Petr Sykora scored the only goal in the shootout to give Pittsburgh a come-from-behind victory over the New York Islanders.

Sykora beat Joey MacDonald on Pittsburgh's first try, but a video review was needed for New York's final attempt by Trent Hunter. Dany Sabourin stopped the shot, but his body carried into the Penguins net. The call was upheld because there was no clear evidence that the puck crossed the goal line.

Tyler Kennedy scored twice in regulation, and Jordan Staal added a goal. Sabourin turned aside 19 shots to boost the Penguins to their third straight win. Pittsburgh had star forward Sidney Crosby in the lineup one day after he left practice early Friday due to an undisclosed injury.

Doug Weight, Tim Jackman and Andy Hilbert scored for New York, and MacDonald stopped 29 shots.

DETROIT (AP) - Marian Hossa scored two goals to lift Detroit past New Jersey. Kirk Maltby also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions (9-2-2) and Chris Osgood made 24 saves.

Zach Parise had New Jersey's lone goal, and Kevin Weekes stopped 28 shots for the Devils (7-4-2).

Parise tied it 1-1 at 4:15 of the second period, but Hossa's second of the game and eighth this season restored Detroit's lead.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Vaclav Prospal and Jussi Jokinen scored second-period goals to lift Tampa Bay past Philadelphia.

Mike Smith made 34 saves for the Lightning, who ended a two-game losing streak.

Danny Briere's goal in his first game back since abdominal surgery couldn't spark the Flyers. Philadelphia lost its third straight and has scored only goal in each of the last two games.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Steve Mason made 22 saves to remain unbeaten in three career starts and surging Columbus beat Calgary.

The Blue Jackets have won three straight - topping Edmonton, Montreal and Calgary since Wednesday with Mason in goal - and have earned points in six consecutive games.

Jason Chimera, Derick Brassard and Manny Malhotra scored for the Blue Jackets.

Calgary captain Jarome Iginla netted his ninth goal.

TORONTO (AP) - Niklas Hagman scored twice and linemate Mikhail Grabovski had a goal and an assist to lead Toronto to victory against Montreal.

Grabovski has six goals and two assists in the last four games. Grabovski had three goals in 27 games with Montreal over the last two seasons and has seven in 15 for the Maple Leafs.

Nik Antropov, Pavel Kubina and Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot their opponent for the 11th straight game.

Robert Lang, Tomas Plekanec and Saku Koivu had Montreal's goals.

DENVER (AP) - Peter Budaj posted his first shutout in more than a year, Darcy Tucker scored his 200th NHL goal, and Colorado beat Nashville to end a five-game losing streak.

Budaj, who had given up four goals a game over his last five, made 26 saves. It was his first shutout since beating Boston 2-0 on March 6, 2007.

Dan Ellis made 19 saves for the Predators, who have lost three straight and are 1-6-1 on the road.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Olli Jokinen had a goal and an assist against his former Florida teammates in Phoenix's win.

Jokinen was traded from Florida to Phoenix for defensemen Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton during the offseason.

Mikkel Boedker added a pair of goals for Phoenix, marking the first multigoal game of the rookie's early NHL career.

Florida has lost six straight (0-5-1).

Phoenix's Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 26 shots to improve to 5-5 this season.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Patrick Marleau scored with 28.3 seconds to play when Dallas goalie Marty Turco misplayed the puck in front of his own net, and San Jose remained unbeaten in nine home games.

Dan Boyle also scored and backup goalie Brian Boucher made 23 saves to stay perfect as a starter with San Jose, but the NHL-leading Sharks' seventh consecutive victory came down to a horrendous mistake by Turco.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Alexander Frolov, Tom Preissing and Drew Doughty scored power-play goals and Erik Ersberg made 24 saves for Los Angeles against St. Louis.

Anze Kopitar scored an even-strength goal and Dustin Brown added an empty-net tally for the Kings. Kopitar, Brown, Frolov, Preissing and Doughty also earned assists.

Ersberg made his third consecutive start after Jason LaBarbera was in goal for each of the Kings' first 10 games. Los Angeles has won consecutive games for just the second time this season.

The Kings are 8-5-3 over the past two seasons in games started by Ersberg, including 2-0-1 this season.

Andy McDonald ended the Blues' scoring drought against the Kings that exceeded 101 minutes, and Patrick Burgland and Brad Boyes also scored for St. Louis.

Blues goalie Manny Legace made 26 saves in his first outing since injuring a hip before the loss to the Kings last month. Legace tripped on a carpet placed on the ice for a ceremonial puck drop by then Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

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