NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Vancouver|
(Saturday, November 2nd)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Toronto 0
Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Roberto Luongo made 21 saves for his 64th
career shutout and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs for the
11th straight time, rolling to a 4-0 win Saturday night.
The Canucks peppered James Reimer with 47 shots in a game that ended more than
three hours after its scheduled start time.
It was delayed by a ceremony to retire Pavel Bure's jersey and groaned along
through 94 combined penalty minutes.
Daniel Sedin, Zack Kassian, Chris Higgins and Dan Hamhuis had the goals and
Luongo, facing just 10 shots in the last two periods, picked up his second
shutout of the season.
Reimer faced 18 shots in the first period, 12 in the second and 17 in the
"Probably the worst game we played this season," said Toronto coach Randy
Carlyle. "I'm very frustrated with our group and the way we played."
The Maple Leafs, who had a three-game winning streak snapped, haven't beaten
the Canucks since winning both ends of a home-and-home series on Nov. 22-24,
Toronto center Dave Bolland's left leg was cut on a check in the second period
and he was to have surgery, Carlyle said. Bolland was checked against the
boards by Kassian, whose skate appeared to make contact with the lower part of
Bolland didn't put weight on his leg as he was helped off the ice.
"I don't know the degree of severity or which tendon (was cut) but he did
suffer a cut to that area and he will have surgery to repair that tonight,"
Vancouver went 2-1 on a three-game homestand, bouncing back from a loss to
Detroit on Thursday and winning its first game since signing Henrik and Daniel
Sedin to four-year, $28 million contract extensions.
Reimer made three pad saves in a short span early in the first period as the
Canucks controlled play, including one on a 2-on-1.
But Henrik Sedin's slap shot from the low right circle grazed brother Daniel
on its way in eight seconds into a power play, giving the Canucks a 1-0 lead
6:03 into the period.
They made it 3-0 in the first 5:05 of the second period on Kassian's goal from
the slot and Higgins' wrister from the left circle. Hamhuis scored from in
close 14:28 into the third period to cap the scoring on a celebratory night
for the Canucks.
Bure became the fourth player to have his number retired by the team in a
ceremony before the game. "The Russian Rocket" played for Vancouver from
1991-98, scoring 254 goals with 224 assists.
"It's hard to believe it's been 22 years since I played my first NHL game here
in Vancouver. I will never forget that," Bure said before a banner bearing his
No. 10 was lifted into the rafters.
"The people of Vancouver have a big heart. Throughout my career I met many
wonderful people who continue to support me both on and off the ice. ... It's
because of those people and those friendships that I stand here tonight. I
share this honor with all of you."
Toronto forward Carter Ashton served the first half of his two-game suspension
for boarding Calgary Flames defenseman Derek Smith on Wednesday. Leafs forward
Nikolai Kulemin (ankle) played for the first time since Oct. 2 ... The Maple
Leafs went 2-1 on a three-game road trip and are off until next Friday's home
game against the New Jersey Devils. They will go back on the road for three in
a row after that ... The Canucks will start a four-game road trip Tuesday at
Phoenix ... Bure, who went on to suit up for the Florida Panthers and New York
Rangers, last played in 2003 and finished with 437 goals and 342 assists. He
was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.
11/03 01:10:03 ET