National Hockey League
Vancouver 3, Minnesota 0
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Tim Peel, Gord Dwyer
Linesmen: Thor Nelson, Vaughan Rody
Attendance: 18890

Roberto Luongo turned aside all 28 shots he faced in his 700th career NHL regular-season game, shutting out the Minnesota Wild for the third straight time as the Vancouver Canucks skated to a 3-0 home triumph on Wednesday.

Daniel Sedin collected a goal and an assist, Alex Burrows and Manny Malhotra also scored and captain Henrik Sedin set up a pair of tallies to move past Philadelphia's Claude Giroux for the NHL's points lead (48).

Vancouver, which has a league-best 53 points, snapped a modest two-game slide and gained a bit of momentum heading into Saturday's Stanley Cup rematch with the Boston Bruins. The Canucks also pushed five points ahead of second-place Minnesota in the Northwest Division.

Luongo wasn't tested much after stopping 11 shots in the first period and cruised to his 57th career shutout. He continues to tame the Wild after stopping all 33 shots he faced in a 4-0 win over Minnesota on Dec. 19 and denying 29 shots in a 5-0 victory on April 7 of last season.

After netting his team-leading 18th goal of the season at 6:42 of the first period, Daniel Sedin set up Burrows on the doorstep for an easy tap-in midway just under four minutes later.

Devin Setoguchi tied a team-high with five shots in his return after a 12-game absence with a lower-body injury for Minnesota, which has mustered only 16 goals during its last 11 games (1-7-3). The Wild also fell to 0-8-2 in their last 10 at Rogers Arena.
Top Game Performances
Minnesota   Vancouver
N/A Points Daniel Sedin 2
N/A Goals Daniel Sedin 1
N/A Assists Henrik Sedin 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Josh Harding .941 Save Percentage Roberto Luongo 1.000
Josh Harding 32 Saves Roberto Luongo 28
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 28 0 0-4 2-2 6 36
Vancouver 35 3 0-2 4-4 10 27
Upcoming Games
  • Vancouver will play their next game on the road against Boston. The Canucks have a W/L % of .560 after a win and .688 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Calgary. The Wild have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .350 after a loss.