Luongo, Sundin give Canucks 2-game advantage
The Vancouver Canucks used similar scripts to sweep the first two games of their Western Conference quarter-final playoff series against the St. Louis Blues.
Veteran centre Mats Sundin scored his first playoff goal in five years and Roberto Luongo made 30 saves to guide the Canucks to a 3-0 victory Friday night at GM Place in Vancouver.
The victory gave Luongo his first career playoff shutout.
"It was a bit more wide open than the first game," Luongo told Hockey Night In Canada.
The Canucks take a comfortable 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series with the teams travelling to St. Louis for the next two contests beginning Sunday night (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET).
Alex Burrows and Henrik Sedin added third-period insurance goals.
Luongo continues to baffle St. Louis shooters, winning three of his past four starts versus the Blues. He has also earned three shutouts in his last five games, turning aside 141 of 143 shots.
"Sometimes you get good reads and for some reason I'm feeling pretty good right now and I feel that I can see the puck well," said Luongo.
"Sometimes when I don't see it, it hits me. When things are going like that, you just take them and keep rolling along."
This contest mirrored the Game 1 tilt, which Vancouver won 2-1 on Wednesday night.
The teams staged another fast-paced, hard-hitting and low-scoring affair dominated by terrific goaltending.
Despite the loss, Mason stopped 24 of 26 Canucks shots.
Luongo was at his best in the second, denying two Blues' attempts with less than 10 minutes remaining.
After an alert save on a redirect by St. Louis centre Andy McDonald, Luongo stuck out his left pad to rob winger David Backes.
Unfortunately, the Canucks couldn't take advantage of their ensuing power play as Burrows's apparent goal was disallowed when it was ruled he batted the puck into the net with his left glove.
Ever persistent, Vancouver finally broke through with 1:56 left in the second.
Sporting a shiner on his left eye that he received during Thursday's practice, Sundin scored his first playoff goal in his last 15 games.
The former Maple Leafs star moved to the net after playing give-and-go with teammate Pavol Demitra, then deflected his linemate's shot between Mason's pads.
"It was a tough save to make," Luongo said of Sundin's goal. "It was just a floater at the net and the guy passed by and tips it down. There's not a lot of reaction time there and it just snuck in there. We'll take those too."
Not to be outdone, Mason kept St. Louis in the game with three sparkling saves early in the third, a pair off Sedin and one off Kyle Wellwood.
Luongo was back at it with St. Louis on the power play, stopping both McDonald and T.J. Oshie. The penalty kill helped the Canucks take a 2-0 lead at 9:46.
Following some hard work along the boards, Burrows managed to bank the puck off Mason's pad.
"He's been one of our best players this year," Luongo said of Burrows. "He works extremely hard and people don't give him enough credit. He's got more skill than someone would think."
Sedin sealed the victory with an empty-net goal.
The game concluded with a scrum in the Vancouver end, where five players dropped their gloves.