Newark, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – Mike Santorelli delivered the only goal in the shootout while Roberto Luongo made several key stop to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils Thursday at Prudential Center.
Luongo stopped 28 shots and stepped up his game in the shootout, forcing Travis Zajac to shoot wide, Adam Henrique to hit the post before stopping Patrik Elias with his right pad, to help the Canucks improve to 7-4-1 with their second straight win.
Playing their sixth road game in 10 days, the Canucks earned the victory despite playing the last two periods without forward David Booth and Dale Weise due to undisclosed injuries.
Ryan Kesler scored his fifth goal of the season, Daniel Sedin added his fourth goal while Henrik Sedin had two assists for the Canucks.
Goalie Cory Schneider tallied 19 saves while Patrik Elias and Eric Gelinas scored for the Devils, who dropped to 1-5-4 after losing for the second straight time.
The home team broke the ice at the 5:05 mark when Elias swept a shot home at the right post off a nice pass from Andrei Loktionov.
The Canucks pulled into a 1-1 tie one minute later when Kesler netted a shot off Schneider’s left pad for his team-leading fifth goal of the season.
Gelinas gave the Devils a 2-1 lead with his first NHL goal 9:41 into the first while working on the first power-play unit with Marek Zidlicky.
After collecting a pass from Travis Zajac at the point, the 22-year-old left-hander skated in just above the left circle before snapping a shot that deflected off Vancouver defenseman Christopher Tanev and over Luongo’s glove.
The Sedin twins hooked up in telepathic fashion 12:37 into the second to pull Vancouver into a 2-2 tie and send the game into extra time.
The Canucks close out a season-long seven-game road trip Friday at Scottrade Center against the St. Louis Blues.