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Luongo: 19 saves for 65th career shutout

Roberto Luongo made 19 saves for his third shutout of the season and the 65th of his career Friday as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 for their sixth straight victory.

Daniel Sedin, Zack Kassian, Chris Higgins and Dale Weise scored for Vancouver (19-10-5), which improved to 4-0-0 on its current five-game homestand. Jason Garrison added three assists, while Ryan Kesler chipped in with two of his own.

The Canucks don't have long to celebrate with the Boston Bruins set to play at Rogers Arena on Saturday night for the first time since their victory in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final.

After a scoreless first that saw the Canucks carry the play, Vancouver came out strong again in the second and took the lead on a 4-on-3 power play midway through the period.

Implored by Canucks head coach John Tortorella this week to shoot more, Sedin snapped a five-game goalless drought with his 11th of the season when his shot from the point went in off Oilers defenceman Nick Schultz at 8:41.

Vancouver beat Edmonton 6-2 at Rogers Arena on Oct. 5 and came out firing in the first period on Friday.

The Canucks hemmed the Oilers in their own zone off the opening faceoff and led 6-0 on the shot clock when Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins finally directed his team's first effort at Luongo with just under seven minutes gone.

Dubnyk, who was pulled after giving up three goals in Thursday's 4-2 home loss to Boston, had to be sharp a few moments later with big stops on Kassian and Jannik Hansen.

The Oilers had the only power play of the period when Canucks captain Henrik Sedin was whistled for goaltender interference with under four minutes to go, but Vancouver's No. 1-ranked penalty killing unit had the best chance when Dubnyk just got a piece of Kesler's effort.

 

The Canadian Press

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