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Rookie Hunter Shinkaruk scores for Canucks in 5-0 pre-season win over Rangers

VANCOUVER - Henrik Sedin scored two goals as the Vancouver Canucks blanked the New York Rangers 5-0 in NHL exhibition action Thursday night.

Henrik Sedin's goals, his first of the pre-season, came as he and twin brother Daniel celebrated their 33rd birthday. The Canucks finished the pre-season with a 2-4-0 record.

The Rangers saw their pre-season record fall to 1-4-0 with one game still to play Friday in Las Vegas against the Los Angeles Kings.

Frank Corrado, Ryan Kesler and Hunter Shinkaruk also scored for the Canucks. Alex Edler supplied three assists.

Corrado's and Shinkaruk's goals might have helped their hopes of sticking with the Canucks at least early in the regular season.

Corrado, a 20-year-old Toronto native, is trying to establish a permanent spot on defence after playing for the Canucks late in the 2013 regular season and playoffs upon completion of his junior campaign in the OHL. He also toiled briefly with Vancouver's former AHL farm club in Chicago.

Based on his age, he can go back to the minors if he does not stay or, in an unlikely scenario, even return to the OHL for his final junior season.

Shinkaruk, an 18-year-old Calgary native who was one of Vancouver's two first-round draft choices this year, scored his second goal of the pre-season. Due to his age, he must go back to his Medicine Hat Tigers junior squad in the WHL if he does not last more than nine regular-season games with the Canucks. If he plays a 10th game, his entry-level NHL contract will kick in.

New York's Alain Vigneault and Vancouver's John Tortorella coached against their former teams for the first time. They were replaced with each other after being fired following last spring's playoffs. Moments before the opening face-off, the Canucks saluted Vigneault with "Welcome back Coach A.V." on the scoreboard screen. He looked up at the image of himself, gave a slight nod and then focused on the impending face-off.

Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo picked up his second win of the pre-season. He recorded 40 saves for his first shutout as the Rangers outshot the Canucks 40-20.

Vancouver built a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Henrik Sedin, on a power play, and Corrado, on a slapshot from the blue-line, and never looked back.

Rangers starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist took the loss as he stopped 12-of-17 shots in two periods of work. Backup Martin Biron stopped just three shots in a scoreless third period.

Notes: The Rangers signed holdout centre Derek Stepan, their top scorer last season, to a new US$6.15-million, two-year contract. Stepan produced 18 goals and 26 assists last season. ... Canucks winger David Booth played his first game since suffering an ankle injury last March. Booth was scheduled to return Saturday in Edmonton, but he hurt his groin during the morning skate. He hit the post on a two-on-one with Biron beaten in the third period. ... Shinkaruk and fellow 2013 first-rounder Bo Horvat were the only Canucks who played all six of their club's exhibition contests.

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