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Rome and Hodgson lead Vancouver Canucks to 4-1 victory over Islanders

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VANCOUVER - Aaron Rome had three points and Cody Hodgson added a goal and an assist to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday.

Henrik Sedin and David Booth, into an empty net, also scored for Vancouver (9-8-1), which dominated the Islanders despite returning from a six-game road trip.

Matt Moulson replied for New York (4-7-3), which fell to 1-6-3 since starting the season with a 3-1-0 record.

The Canucks, who did not take single penalty in the game, are trying to regain last season's form that saw them come within one game of winning the Stanley Cup, and Sunday's contest was a decent start.

Roberto Luongo was strong in goal, making 23 saves. The defence, which has been error-prone for much of the season, limited New York's chances. And a new-look offence, which featured an effective third line of Maxim Lapierre, David Booth and Cody Hodgson, peppered Evgeni Nabokov with 36 shots.

Hodgson in particular had one of his stronger games of the season.

With the Canucks leading 2-1 early in the third period, the 21-year-old rookie parked himself at the side of the net on a Canucks power play and chipped an errant Rome shot past Nabokov for his fourth of the season.

Hodgson also got things rolling for Vancouver in the first period, leading a rush that ended with Rome -- Vancouver's newest offensive weapon ??? backhanding a loose puck behind Nabokov on the first shot of the game.

Rome, who missed the first 14 games of the season with a broken finger, has three goals in his only four games of the campaign. In the first 131 regular season games of his career, he had two goals.

Sedin upped it to 2-0 on the first shot of the second period, when he took advantage of a Jannik Hansen screen and lofted a soft shot off Nabokov's glove and in.

Nabokov, who was pulled in his last start after allowing three goals on 12 shots in a 6-2 loss against Boston, looked shaky on the play.

But he redeemed himself a few minutes later, robbing Sedin with a miraculous glove save on what looked to be a sure goal.

At the other end, the much-maligned Luongo had one of his best games of the season.

His best stop came six minutes into the third period, when he made a point-blank glove save off Michael Grabner that left the former Canuck looking skyward.

Four minutes later, Luongo took the puck off his face mask to prevent Mark Streit from making it a 3-2 game.

Moulson was the lone Islander to beat Luongo, charging hard to the net midway through the second period for his fourth goal of the year. John Tavares had just hit the crossbar before Moulson cleaned up the garbage.

Since Moulson joined forces with Tavares and Grabner to form New York's top line, the trio has combined for four goals and five assists in four games.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano pulled Nabokov with 3:30 remaining, but it didn't pay off as Booth scored his second as a Canuck to make it 4-1.

Rome assisted on the play for the first three-point night of his career.

NOTES: New York remained winless on the road (0-4-2). ... Islanders RW Brian Rolston played his 1,199th career game. He is fourth in games played among active players, trailing only Nicklas Lidstrom, Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne. ... Luongo was originally drafted by the Islanders, fourth overall in 1997. ... Daniel Sedin had his three-game point streak (1-6-7) snapped, but remains second in the NHL with 22 points. Toronto's Phil Kessel has 24 points. ... Vancouver D Dan Hamhuis saw his five-game point streak (2-4-6) stopped.

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