Luongo leads streaking Canucks past Oilers, 4-0
- Associated Press
- December 13, 2013 - 11:00 PM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Roberto Luongo made 19 saves for his 65th career shutout and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 on Friday night for their sixth straight victory.
After losing a shutout bid in the final seconds Sunday in a victory over Colorado, Luongo moved within one of Hall of Famer Patrick Roy for 14th place on the career list. Luongo has three shutouts this season.
Daniel Sedin, Zack Kassian, Chris Higgins and Dale Weise scored to help Vancouver improve to 19-10-5. Jason Garrison added three assists, and Ryan Kesler had two.
Devan Dubnyk made 36 saves for Edmonton (11-20-3).
The Canucks don't have long to celebrate with Boston set to play at Rogers Arena on Saturday night for the first time since its victory in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final.
Sedin opened the scoring in the second period, snapping a five-game goal drought with his 11th of the season when his shot from the point went in off Oilers defenseman Nick Schultz.
Vancouver made it 2-0 at 2:26 of the third when Kassian deflected a shot from David Booth past Dubnyk for his sixth of the season and first point in nine games.
Higgins scored at 6:07, taking a feed from Kesler and beating Dubnyk with a quick release for his ninth goal. Higgins has two goals and five assists in a four-game points streak.
Luongo made a big glove stop on defenseman Justin Schultz midway through the period, and shot out his left pad on Ryan Jones to preserve the shutout a few minutes later.
Weise scored on a power play with 34.8 seconds left.
Notes: Friday's matchup was Kassian's first against the Oilers since his eight-game suspension for hitting Sam Gagner in the head with his stick during the preseason. The Edmonton forward missed 13 games with a broken jaw. ... Oilers forward Boyd Gordon returned to the lineup after missing six games with a shoulder injury.
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