Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – Roberto Luongo stopped 21 shots for his second shutout of the season to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-0 rout of the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday at Rogers Arena.
Daniel Sedin, Zack Kassian, Chris Higgins and Dan Hamhuis scored for the Canucks, who improved to 10-5-1 following their fifth win in six games.
James Reimer recorded 43 saves for the Maple Leafs (10-5-0), who fell into a tie for the Eastern Conference lead after seeing their three-game winning streak come to an end.
The defeat also proved costly for the Maple Leafs as they lost center Dave Bolland early in the second period with a laceration on the back of his left leg.
Bolland, who has six goals and 10 points in 14 games after coming over in an offseason trade from the Chicago Blackhawks, went down after a hit in the corner from Kassian, whose skate appeared to clip him above the back of his ankle.
Reimer stopped Vancouver’s first 10 shots before Henrik Sedin’s attempt hit the jersey of twin brother Daniel on the way into the net.
Daniel got credit for a power-play goal while Henrik got an assist for their first points one day after they signed matching four-year, $28 million contract extensions.
Kassian and Higgins scored less than two minutes apart early in the second period before Hamhuis scored with 5:32 left in the game to help the Canucks bounce back from a loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
Before the game, the Canucks retired Hall of Famer Pavel Bure’s No. 10 jersey during a ceremony.
“I felt like I had to play again,” the 42-year-old Bure said. “I was in the middle of the ice and 20,000 people were cheering for me. … It felt like I was playing again.”
Bure scored 254 of his 437 career goals during his first seven seasons with the Canucks.
He ended his career with 779 points in 702 games.