Vancouver Canucks the Road Warriors: Take 11 of Possible 12 from Road Trip

Joel LefevreAnalyst INovember 22, 2008

Two goals from Pavol Demitra and one from Daniel Sedin were enough to propel the Canucks to a 3-1 victory over the defending Eastern Conference champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

The victory, while very impressive, was overshadowed when early in the contest captain Roberto Luongo left the game with an apparent leg or groin injury. 

The Canucks however, did not let that get to them, as they played very determined and strong hockey throughout the game.  Demitra got them on the board late in the period to get things started. 

The Canucks kept pouring it on in the second as Daniel Sedin took a feed from brother Henrik to make it 2-0.  The Penguins made it interesting in the third with a goal from Zigomanis, but that would be as close as they would come. 

Pavol Demitra put the game on ice with his second of the game into an empty net to seal the deal.  That was Demitra's fourth goal in three games, as he has really come on since returning from injury last week. 

Not to be outdone, Henrik and Daniel Sedin had three points each in the victory.  The new line of the Sedins with Demitra has helped the players to really find some great chemistry together.

Henrik has a four game point streak going, while Daniel and Demitra have at least a point in their past five games. 

And how about Curtis Sanford who came in and never missed a beat, stopping 17 of 18 shots he faced to record his second straight victory for the Canucks. 

With the win, the Canucks improved to 7-0-2 in their past nine games. A current three game win streak has moved them five points clear of their closest Northwest opponent, and into first place in the division. 

The Canucks will take the weekend off as they return home Monday, to take on the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings. 

No word was given on the seriousness of Luongo's injury. From the looks of it and from initial reports, it appears to be a groin pull. A pulled groin is never great, but it could mean he'll be in the lineup sooner rather than later. 

For the sake of the Vancouver Canucks, it is hopefully not a significant injury. Luongo has dominated in goal this month, and has shown that he is the class of NHL goaltenders this season.