Luongo, Sedin help Canucks blank Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) — Roberto Luongo made 26 saves to match his career
high with seven shutouts, and Daniel Sedin had two goals and an
assist in the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-0 victory over the Chicago
Blackhawks on Sunday night.

Alex Burrows had a goal and two assists, Ryan Kesler also
scored, and Henrik Sedin had three assists to help the Canucks
end Chicago’s three-game winning streak and move into a
fourth-place tie with the Blackhawks in the Western Conference.

Vancouver also closed within a point of first-place Calgary in
the Northwest Division. The Canucks are 7-2-0 in their last nine
and 11-3-1 in their last 15.

Luongo, who also had seven shutouts with Florida in 2003-04,
made only a couple of tough saves en route to his 45th career
shutout as the Canucks checked closely, neutralized the
Blackhawks’ speed and limited their chances. Chicago’s Patrick
Sharp fanned on a penalty shot with 5:41 left in the third

Daniel Sedin has four goals and four assists in his last four
games, and twin brother Henrik has three goals and six assists
in the same span.

Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin made 19 saves in his fifth straight
start and seventh in the last eight games.

A series of fights broke out at 5:50 of the third. In one
skirmish, the Canucks’ Shane O’Brien reached over referee Paul
Devorkski as he grabbed at Chicago’s Adam Burish. O’Brien
received a misconduct in addition to a fighting major.

Chicago forward Troy Brouwer left the game at 8:19 of the first
period and didn’t return. As Brouwer tried to shoot from the
left circle, he fell awkwardly as Vancouver’s Darcy Hordichuk
slid into him.

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Vancouver all but shut down Chicago in the first period and led
1-0 after 20 minutes.

Daniel Sedin opened the scoring 3:22 in, taking advantage of a
Chicago coverage breakdown. Henrik Sedin passed the puck from
behind the net, through Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith and to
Daniel, was who open at the edge of the crease.

Martin Havlat fired wide on Chicago’s best opportunity in the
first. Following a give-and-go with Andrew Ladd, Havlat slipped
in alone in the final minute.

Daniel Sedin’s pinpoint pass set up Burrows’ goalmouth tip-in at
8:43 of the second to extend Vancouver’s lead to 2-0. Burrows
gained a step on Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell, breezed to
the net and redirected Sedin’s feed from the right wing boards
past Khabibulin.

The Blackhawks finally generated several prime chances late in
the second. Luongo made a point-blank glove save on Havlat from
the edge of the crease with just under two minutes left in the

Daniel Sedin made it 3-0 at 3:53 of the third when he was left
open swept in a shot from the right side of the net. Henrik
Sedin fed him from between the circles.

The skirmishes at 5:50 of the third were instigated by the
Blackhawks and resulted in a 5-on-3 Vancouver power play. Kesler
made it 4-0 from the slot during the chance.

Sharp was awarded his penalty shot after being pulled down by
Pavol Demitra.