Devils blanked by Luongo, Canucks
Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:37 AM
|Brodeur made 20 saves against the Canucks.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Raffi Torres and Ryan Kesler staked Vancouver to a two-goal lead early in the second period, and Roberto Luongo made 30 saves in the Canucks' 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.
Henrik Sedin rounded out the scoring on a penalty shot with 6:17 left as the Canucks, playing their first game in six days, won their third straight and improved to 5-0-1 on home ice.
finished with 20 saves for the Devils (3-9-1).
New Jersey was playing its third road game in four nights, and first since top forward Zach Parise
hurt his knee Saturday in Los Angeles. Parise, who averaged more than 36 goals the past four seasons, will have exploratory arthroscopic knee surgery, a big blow to a team ranked last in the NHL with 20 goals.
Luongo wasn't tested often by a Devils team that has scored two goals or fewer in six straight games, but made an early point-blank rebound save off Devils' star Ilya Kovalchuk
, who was held without a point for a fourth straight game.
Luongo got a break on an apparent goal in the second period as the referee ruled David Clarkson
interfered with the goaltender, penalizing the forward and waving off the goal. Luongo also was fortunate when Matt Taormina
hit the post late in the second period, but made a nice glove save on Kovalchuk early in the third for his first shutout of the season, and 52nd of his career, second to Brodeur (112) among all active goalies.
Brodeur also got a couple of good breaks early, with defenseman Colin White
pulling a puck off the goal line after an Alex Edler point shot bounced through him and trickled toward the net at 2:30.
And Canucks defender Christian Ehrhoff hit the post three minutes later with an empty net, then watched as the puck ricocheted off the stick of a diving Brodeur, off the other post and out.
Torres opened the scoring with 6:41 left in the first after Taormina, one of three rookies of the injury-riddled Devils defense, coughed up the puck behind his own net. Manny Malhotra pounced on it and fed Torres in front of the net for a quick shot over the right shoulder of Brodeur.
Kesler made it 2-0 on a rebound shortly after killing off a second straight power play early in the second period. New Jersey finished 0 for 2 with the man advantage and is last in the league with just three goals on 41 chances.
Notes: New Jersey C Jacob Josefson
needs surgery and will be out six to eight weeks after detaching a ligament in his hand Wednesday in San Jose.