Canucks-Wild: Luongo Grabs Third Striaght Shutout with 2-0 Victory

Nick MaxsonCorrespondent INovember 9, 2008

Roberto Luongo stopped all 29 shots on goal for his third straight shutout Saturday night to help propel the Canucks past the Wild 2-0 at General Motors Place in Vancouver.

The injury plagued Minnesota Wild finished off a four-game road trip 2-2, and since opening the season 6-0-1 are now just 2-4-0 in their last six games.

Vancouver has won three straight games, which were all shutouts, including Tuesday against Nashville and Thursday against Phoenix.

Sami Salo and Daniel Sedin scored for Vancouver, who improved to 9-6-0 and now lead the Northwest Division with 18 points.

Minnesota dropped to 8-4-1 and will have a four day rest before hosting Phoenix on Thursday in St. Paul.

It was definitely apparent that the injuries are troubling the Wild on both sides of the puck. Minnesota is still missing top forward Marian Gaborik to a lower body injury. Owen Nolan did not travel with the team and top defenseman Brent Burns is nursing an upper body injury.

Kurtis Foster continues to skate casually, and the Wild will be glad to get him back in the lineup soon with his physical presence and his powerful shot. No date has been set for his return.

The month of November has been historically bad for Minnesota. In the last two seasons, Minnesota has gone 11-15 in the month of November.

Minnesota will look to get back on track later in the week and hopefully will have some members back in the lineup from injury.

Vancouver will continue its six game home stand as it hosts Colorado on Wednesday.