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Luongo Records 3rd Straight Shutout

If I was superstitious I wouldn’t be writing today as the Canucks and Roberto Luongo have won three straight games and have not allowed a goal since my last blog after the 3-2 loss to the Red Wings last Saturday. The 2-0 win over the Minnesota Wild last night was Luongo’s 5th shutout this season and his 4th in the last six games. He has now played 201 minutes and 8 seconds of shutout hockey and has not allowed an even-strength goal in five games. He needs to play 8 minutes and 5 seconds of shutout hockey against the Avalanche next Wednesday to break the Canuck franchise record he set last season. For fans who might be interested, the all-time NHL record is 461 minutes and 29 seconds set by Alec Connell of the original Ottawa Senators back in the 1927/28 season.

Luongo now has 43 career shutouts which puts him 4th amongst active goalies. The active leader is Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils with 98 shutouts, which is just 5 short of the all-time record of 103 held by Terry Sawchuk.

In taming the Wild last night the Canucks demonstrated a continuation of the high energy, disciplined, and determined style of play that has earned them victories in five out of their last six games, 4th place in the Western Conference standings and first place in the Northwest Division.

The improved play of the penalty killing units has been a major factor in the Canuck’s recent success. Since giving up 3 power play goals in the loss to Detroit, the team has held opponents scoreless on 17 straight power play opportunities. On the other side of the coin, the Canucks have only scored once on 17 power play opportunities in the last 2 games. That lone tally came last night against a Minnesota Wild team that had only allowed two power play goals all season.

Canuck fans will be happy with a goal or two a game as long as Luongo continues to give them the goaltending genius he has provided in this last week.

The Old Timer
November 9, 2008

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