|VAN||1||1||0||0||1 (1 - 3)||3|
|NJD||2||0||0||0||0 (0 - 3)||2|
NEWARK, N.J. -- Mike Santorelli scored the only goal in a shootout and Roberto Luongo made it stand with stellar play between the pipes on Thursday when the Vancouver Canucks scored a 3-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.
Luongo got the best of his former pupil for the second time this season by turning aside 28 shots to beat the Devils and goalie Cory Schneider (19 saves). In the tiebreaker, Luongo forced Travis Zajac to shoot wide and Adam Henrique to hit the post before stopping Patrik Elias with his right pad. Santorelli opened the shootout with a high shot into the right corner of the cage.
On Oct. 8, Luongo made 21 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against the Devils and Schneider in Vancouver. Prior to joining the Devils via a trade in June, Schneider spent the previous five seasons with the Canucks and served as Luongo's backup most of that time.
The Canucks were not only playing their sixth road game in 10 days, but were short two forwards for the entire second and third period since David Booth and Dale Weise were sidelined with undisclosed injuries. The Canucks close out a season-long seven-game road trip Friday at Scottrade Center against the St. Louis Blues.
Schneider made a great save with 6:44 left in the third to keep the game knotted at 2-2 when he used his left pad to deny Jason Garrison's blast from the point after it deflected off the stick of Marek Zidlicky. A little more than a minute later, Elias broke in down the right wing and backhanded an attempt that rang off the post over Luongo's glove.
The Sedin twins hooked up in telepathic fashion 12:37 into the second to pull Vancouver into a 2-2 tie.
Henrik Sedin fired the puck off the end boards to Schneider's right in the Devils end, setting up his brother in the left circle with a slap shot that eluded a seemingly surprised Schneider between the pads. It appeared as though Schneider was slow in getting his right pad down along the ice.
Luongo made several big saves to close out the second and keep the game even despite several good chances by the Devils. His best denial came with 4:14 left when Jaromir Jagr's backhand attempt in the slot was turned away.
Gelinas gave the Devils a 2-1 lead by connecting for his first NHL goal 9:41 into the first while working on the first power-play unit with Zidlicky. After collecting a pass from Zajac at the point, the 22-year-old left-hander skated in just above the left circle before snapping a shot that deflected off Vancouver defenseman Christopher Tanev and over Luongo's glove.
The home team had opened a 1-0 lead at the 5:05 mark when Elias swept a shot home at the right post off a nice pass from Andrei Loktionov. Elias was in the lineup on Thursday after sitting out the previous two games with a case of food poisoning.
The Canucks pulled into a 1-1 tie just 1:02 later, aided by miscommunication between Schneider and defenseman Andy Greene at the left post. Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis attempted a dump-in from his own blue line that Schneider blocked with his right pad and tried to leave for Greene, but instead nudged it away from him and onto the stick of Henrik Sedin. Sedin quickly sent a pass across the crease to Ryan Kesler, who lifted a shot over the left pad of the Devils goalie for his team-leading fifth goal of the season.
|Patrik Elias (3) ASST: Andrei Loktionov (2), Jaromir Jagr (5)|
1 - 0 NJD
|Ryan Kesler (5) ASST: Henrik Sedin (11)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Eric Gelinas (1) ASST: Travis Zajac (3), Marek Zidlicky (8)|
2 - 1 NJD
|Daniel Sedin (4) ASST: Henrik Sedin (12), Ryan Kesler (3)|
2 - 2 Tie
|1||M. Santorelli||T. Zajac|
|2||D. Sedin||A. Henrique|
|3||A. Edler||P. Elias|
|Jeremy Welsh Hi-sticking against Stephen Gionta|
|Marek Zidlicky Tripping against Jeremy Welsh|
|Daniel Sedin Tripping against Stephen Gionta|
|Jason Garrison Cross checking against Adam Henrique|
|Marek Zidlicky Roughing against Daniel Sedin|
|SA: 30||TOI: 64:50|
|Saves: 28||EV: 24 - 25|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .933||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 21||TOI: 64:59|
|Saves: 19||EV: 19 - 21|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: .905||SH: 0 - 0|
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