Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Henrik Sedin scored his first goal of the season on a penalty shot and Roberto Luongo turned away 30 shots in Vancouver's 3-0 win over New Jersey at Rogers Arena.
Luongo posted the 52nd shutout of his career to move ahead of Dave Kerr, Curtis Joseph and Rogie Vachon into 20th place on the all-time NHL list.
Raffi Torres and Ryan Kesler scored the other goals for the Canucks, who have won three in a row and four out of their last six.
Martin Brodeur stopped 20 shots in defeat for the Devils, who lost for a fifth time in their last six games during which they have totaled seven goals and no more than two in any of those contests.
New Jersey also received some bad news on Monday when it was announced that forward Zach Parise will undergo exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his knee and will be out for an undetermined period of time. Parise reaggravated an injury Saturday night in Los Angeles that hampered him during the summer.
Brodeur came out of his net on a clearing attempt to play the puck and left it for defenseman Matt Taormina, who circled back behind the right side of the net but lost his edge. Manny Malhotra swooped in from behind, took the puck away and found Torres in the slot from where he wristed the disc past Brodeur to the blocker side with 6:41 to go in the opening period.
Vancouver added to it's lead just 69 seconds into the middle stanza. Mason Raymond emerged from the right corner and threw the puck toward the net. It caromed off Kesler to Brodeur, who sticked it right back to Kesler, who then shrugged off Taormina and backhanded the loose puck home for his fourth goal of the year.
Taormina almost made up for his mistake as he rang a shot off the short side post from the left faceoff dot with two minutes left in the period.
Sedin was pulled down on a breakaway attempt leading to the one-on-one with Brodeur with 6:17 to play in the game.
He moved to the left circle, faked a shot and zipped to his right and tucked a backhander past a sprawling netminder from outside the right crease to finish the scoring in the only meeting of the season between the two teams.
Daniel Sedin had scored in each of the Canucks first nine games before being held without a point on Monday. His scoring streak to start the campaign fell two games shy of Tony Tanti's season-opening franchise record set on October 28, 1983...The Canucks have won their last five home games and earned 11 of a possible 12 points on home ice this season...Luongo earned his 273rd career victory while head coach Alain Vigneault grabbed his 296th career win...New Jersey has yielded the first goal in each of its last six games...Brodeur fell to 6-11-0 in 17 games against Vancouver... The Devils conclude a six-game road trip on Wednesday against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Parise, 26, has never appeared in fewer than 81 games in a season since he joined the Devils in the fall of 2005. He has 341 points (163 goals, 178 assists) in 419 NHL games. No timetable has been set for Parise’s return.
The Devils also learned Monday that center Jacob Josefson will miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a detached ligament in his hand. Josefson, a 19-year-old rookie, was held without a point in his first six NHL games. He was New Jersey’s first-round pick (No. 20) at the 2009 Entry Draft.
(Sports Network) - Offensive issues plagued the Devils through the season's first month. November might not get off to the best of start if Zach Parise is out for an extended period of time.
With Parise back in New Jersey, the Devils travel to Vancouver to continue a six-game road trip versus the Canucks at Rogers Arena.
New Jersey has lost nine of 12 to begin the season and have been outscored 39-20. The club has been held to a pair of goals or fewer in 10 games this year and two of its three wins came on shutouts by goaltender Martin Brodeur.
After snapping a three-game slide with a victory in Anaheim on Friday, the Devils dropped a 3-1 decision in Los Angeles the following night. Rookie defenseman Matt Taormina had his team's lone goal and Brodeur made 20 saves.
"Tonight's game was tough," said New Jersey head coach John MacLean. "A couple of mistakes and it's in the net. We pushed it a little in the third period, but we weren't getting the scoring we needed."
Parise skated in the first two periods before being held out the rest of the way with a lower-body injury. He returned to New Jersey for further tests and it is unknown how long the forward will be out. The Devils wrap their road trip in Chicago on Wednesday before returning home for three games.
The 26-year-old notched 38 goals and 82 points a season ago and has three goals and six points in 12 games this year.
The Canucks play host to the Devils with fresh legs as they have been out of action since last Tuesday's 4-3 overtime triumph over the Avalanche. Mason Raymond tallied the game-winning goal 28 seconds into overtime on a tip-in off the faceoff in Colorado's zone.
"We kind of lost the draw there and I saw the puck heading behind the net and I took a whack at it towards the net and it went in between [Colorado goaltender Peter Budaj's] legs," Raymond said. "It wasn't the prettiest, but I'm very pleased."
Roberto Luongo allowed the game-tying goal with 1:33 left in regulation and ended with 36 saves.
Daniel Sedin extended his season-opening point streak to nine games, amassing seven goals and 12 points over the run. He has two goals and four assists in nine career games versus the Devils, including a goal in the last meeting between the teams, a 5-2 Canucks win on Dec. 2 in New Jersey.
The win was Vancouver's sixth in the last eight meetings, though the Devils snapped a three-game road series losing streak when the clubs last met in Vancouver on Jan. 13, 2009.
Brodeur is 6-10-0 with a 2.91 goals-against average in his career versus the Canucks, while Luongo is 6-13-0 with a 3.00 GAA lifetime when facing the Devils.
While Dan Hamhuis (foot) and Andrew Alberts (knee) are both questionable for tonight's game for the Canucks,Keith Ballard could return to action for the first time since Oct. 15 due to a concussion.