Vancouver Canucks get the best of Luongo with shootout win

March 18, 2014 - 8:40:28 am

Winnipeg Jets’ defenceman Dustin Byfuglien (33) scores against the Dallas Stars in their NHL game at MTS Centre yesterday.

Sunrise, Florida: Eddie Lack got the better of former goaltender team-mate Roberto Luongo, as he made 26 saves to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a shootout win  (4-3) over Florida in their NHL game yesterday.

Luongo was traded to the Panthers (25-35-8) on March 4 after he spent parts of eight seasons in Vancouver (31-29-10).

He made 29 saves against his former team but surrendered the lone shootout goal by Nicklas Jensen that proved the difference in the game.

Goaltender Antti Niemi made 41 saves, including 20 in the first period, to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers.

San Jose improved to 45-17-7 this season. Logan Couture’s short-handed goal in the first period was all San Jose needed as the Sharks swept the season series from New York (36-29-4).

The Sharks have won six in a row and nine of their past 11.

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves for the Rangers.

Philadelphia scored the first three goals of the game and held on for a victory to sweep Pittsburgh in the home-and-home series between the teams.

The Flyers (35-25-7) shut out the Penguins 4-0 on Saturday, and quickly followed it up with a three-goal first period that included two scores from Wayne Simmonds. Matt Read gave Philadelphia a 4-2 advantage in the second where Pittsburgh’s (44-19-4) Jayson Megna pulled the team within one but could get no closer.

Backed by 38 saves from goaltender Semyon Varlamov, the Colorado Avalanche jumped back on the winning track with a victory over the Ottawa Senators. Colorado (44-19-5) were coming off a 6-4 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, while the Senators (28-26-13) were unable to regroup from blowing a 4-1 lead in the final 3 1/2 minutes of Saturday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Andre Benoit, Nick Holden and John Mitchell had the Colorado goals.

Reuters

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