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Luongo makes 30 saves as Canucks blank Blues

ROBERTO Luongo recorded 30 saves to help the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-0 shutout of the visiting St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

Alexandre Burrows added his 23rd goal of the year as the Canucks got their fourth straight win and moved into fourth place in the Western Conference.

Luongo picked up his sixth shutout of the season, underlining his current splendid form and dispelling recent criticism of his puck handling.

"He played a really strong game and kept us in," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told reporters.

"In the second half we picked up our play a little, we were skating more with the puck and moving it around and we found a way to get the job done. "

Vancouver (38-23-9) is 16-3-1 since the start of February, including a franchise-best 11 straight home wins, moving from the edge of the conference playoff race to the middle of the pack. It trails Calgary by three points for the Northwest Division lead.

The Blues (32-30-9) missed an opportunity to move closer to playoff position and dropped their second straight game.

St. Louis had been playing well before its latest bump on the road, and will look to rebound in the final 11 games of the season.

"They've been playing well for the last little while," Luongo said.

"They're fighting for a spot like a bunch of other teams we've been playing lately, just desperate and fighting for their playoff lives. We just have to make sure we do more of what we've been doing at home."

In other National Hockey League games, it was: Kings 3, Bruins 2 (in overtime); Senators 5, Canadiens 4; Panthers 3, Maple Leafs 1; Capitals 5, Lightning 2; Oilers 8, Avalanche 1; Ducks 3, Coyotes 2 (in a shootout); and Sharks 3, Predators 2 (in SO).

In Vancouver, Chris Mason had 18 saves for St. Louis, but surrendered third-period goals to Mason Raymond and Henrik Sedin.

Raymond had a tip-in at 8:33 in the final period, while Sedin added a wrister two minutes later.

Blues forward Keith Tkachuk was injured in the third period when he was hit in the wrist by a slap shot.


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