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Canucks 3, Devils 2 F/SO

Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 10:28 PM

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Canucks 3, Devils 2 F/SO
Vancouver Canucks 3, New Jersey Devils 2
Three Stars of the Game
Patrik Elias
1st
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:02
Ryan Kesler
2nd
Ryan Kesler
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 25:10
Eric Gelinas
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 16:27

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.

Rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas was in the lineup on Thursday since captain Bryce Salvador was back home following a death in his family.

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.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:05
NJD
Patrik Elias (3) ASST: Andrei Loktionov (2), Jaromir Jagr (5)
1 - 0 NJD
06:07
VAN
Ryan Kesler (5) ASST: Henrik Sedin (11)
1 - 1 Tie
09:41
NJD
PPG - Eric Gelinas (1) ASST: Travis Zajac (3), Marek Zidlicky (8)
2 - 1 NJD
2nd Period
12:37
VAN
Daniel Sedin (4) ASST: Henrik Sedin (12), Ryan Kesler (3)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDVANNJD
1M. SantorelliT. Zajac
2D. SedinA. Henrique
3A. EdlerP. Elias
penalty summary
1st Period
08:21
VAN
Jeremy Welsh  Hi-sticking against  Stephen Gionta
15:44
NJD
Marek Zidlicky  Tripping against  Jeremy Welsh
2nd Period
07:56
VAN
Daniel Sedin  Tripping against  Stephen Gionta
3rd Period
02:42
VAN
Jason Garrison  Cross checking against  Adam Henrique
OT Period
04:47
NJD
Marek Zidlicky  Roughing against  Daniel Sedin
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
6-3-1
SA: 30TOI: 64:50
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0
Cory Schneider
SA: 21TOI: 64:59
Saves: 19EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .905SH: 0 - 0
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