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Sedin continues streak, Luongo returns for Canucks

by Kevin Woodley

VANCOUVER - Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin kept his ironman streak alive, and goaltender Roberto Luongo returned from an ankle injury against the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

Sedin's nearly 10-year streak without missing a game was in doubt after he was cross-checked in the ribs and forced to leave a 1-0 road loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday. Sedin, who leads the team with 40 points, and Luongo, who mixed six games with a sprained ankle, were listed earlier in the day as game-time decisions, but both took part in the pregame warm-up and were in the lineup.

Sedin, who is also playing through a finger injury that requires him to wear a splint, is playing in a franchise-record 679th straight game dating back to March 21, 2004. It's the second-longest active streak in the NHL behind St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (683), and the sixth-longest of all time. Sedin has played nine consecutive seasons without missing a game, as well as two Olympics, two World Championships and a season in the Swedish league.

"I've been fortunate to be healthy almost 10 years now," Sedin said in the morning, downplaying a streak that includes playing one shift while other top players sat out the season finale in 2012-13. "I think it means more for (Mike Burnstein), our physician, not for me."

Sedin was joined by long-time linemate Alexandre Burrows, who returned after missing more than six weeks with a broken jaw. But center Mike Santorelli, who is fourth in team scoring with 10 goals and 28 points, sat out after also getting hurt late in Phoenix.

Luongo has played one of the past 10 games. He missed three with a groin injury and injured his ankle in his first game back when Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown collided with him in the crease, pushing the goalie back awkwardly over top of his right leg. Luongo has been skating for a week with goalie coach Roland Melanson.

"I wouldn't be playing if I wasn't feeling ready," Luongo said.

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