Roberto Luongo shuts out Wild, who can't generate anything offensively
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The Minnesota Wild couldn't generate many scoring chances on Wednesday night.
When they did, Roberto Luongo was there to turn them away -- which is no surprise at this point.
The Canucks' veteran goaltender blanked the Wild for the second time in 17 days, stopping 28 shots in a 3-0 decision at Rogers Arena.
It was the second consecutive loss and the 10th in 11 games for the Wild (21-14-6), who have been shut out only twice all season -- both by Luongo and the Canucks (25-13-3).
On Dec. 19, Luongo was in net for a 4-0 win over the Wild in Vancouver. The 32-year-old Canadian also shut out the Wild last April 7 and hasn't given them a goal since the third period of a game last March 14 -- a remarkable span of 194 minutes, 23 seconds.
Luongo's five career shutouts against the Wild are the most of any goaltender, breaking a tie with Miikka Kiprusoff at four. Cory Schneider started the Canucks' other two games against the Wild this season, a 3-2 win in overtime on Oct. 22 and 5-1 loss on Nov. 3.
Two strikes by the Canucks' top line in the first period provided all the offense Vancouver needed on this night.
Daniel Sedin scored on a slap shot from above the left circle at 6:42, with help from Alexandre Burrows' screen on goalie Josh Harding. At 10:24, the Sedins crisscrossed the crease with a pair of passes in transition and Burrows buried it to put Vancouver ahead 2-0.
The Wild went 0-for-4 on the power play and 0-for-2 in the third period, when they had only seven shots total.
No chance all night was better than Cal Clutterbuck's shot from the right circle a little less than nine minutes into the second period. Clutterbuck raised his stick, thinking the puck had gone in, but Luongo raised his glove in time to make the save.
Luongo stopped Devin Setoguchi twice in the final minutes and Manny Malhotra potted an empty-net goal with 28.8 seconds left to ice the decision.
• 5: Points by which the Canucks now lead the Northwest Division. They have 53 and the Wild have 48.
• 0-8-2: The Wild's record in their last 10 games at Vancouver.
• 1: Linesman who left the game in the second period. Thor Nelson suffered a cut on his hand, went to the bench for medical attention and wasn't on the ice when the third period began.
• 32: Saves by Harding.
Activated off the injured reserve list on Tuesday, Setoguchi (knee) and RW Casey Wellman (wrist) returned to action for the Wild.
Canucks - Daniel Sedin 18 (Henrik Sedin, Dan Hamhuis), 6:42.
Canucks - Alexandre Burrows 15 (D. Sedin, H. Sedin), 10:24.
Canucks - Manny Malhotra 3 (Ryan Kesler), 19:31.
1. Roberto Luongo
2. Daniel Sedin
3. Alexandre Burrows
The Wild complete a two-game road trip at 9 p.m. Saturday against the Calgary Flames, then return to Xcel Energy Center to take on San Jose on Tuesday night.