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NHL: Luongo shuts out the Wild as Canucks rein in leaders

AP, VANCOUVER

The Edmonton Oilers’ Nikolai Khabibulin, left, makes a save against Justin Abdelkader of the Detroit Red Wings in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Monday.

Photo: Reuters

Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo made 33 saves to earn his first shutout of the season as the Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 on Monday to close within three points in the fight for leadership of the NHL’s Northwest Division.

Henrik Sedin scored a goal and added two assists to extend his points streak to three games, while twin brother Daniel added three assists for the Canucks.

Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen also scored for Vancouver.

At 20-9-5, the Wild are off to their best start in franchise history, even after their fourth straight loss.

BRUINS 3, CANADIENS 2

In Boston, David Krejci scored off his skate to break a second-period tie as Boston held on to edge Montreal and notch their fifth straight NHL win.

Tim Thomas stopped 33 shots, while Benoit Pouliot and Brad Marchand also scored for the Bruins.

Tomas Plekanec and Erik Cole scored for Montreal, who have not been able to improve their fortunes by changing their coach, losing both games since.

AVALANCHE 3, FLYERS 2, SO

In Denver, Colorado, Ryan O’Reilly scored in the first round of a shootout to give Colorado victory over Philadelphia and their sixth consecutive win at home.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned away a shot by Matt Read in the shootout for the Avalanche.

The Flyers had tied it in the final minute with their goalie pulled on Wayne Simmonds’ 10th goal of the season.

RED WINGS 3, OILERS 2

In Edmonton, Canada, Drew Miller scored with 4 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the third period to lift Detroit over Edmonton.

Dan Cleary and Jiri Hudler also scored for Detroit.

Ryan Jones and Jordan Eberle netted for the Oilers.

KINGS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 2, SO

In Toronto, Dustin Brown scored the only goal of a shootout as Los Angeles wrapped up a road trip with a victory over Toronto.

Justin Williams and Brown scored in regulation for Los Angeles. John-Michael Liles and Matt Frattin scored for Toronto.

Monday’s other result:

‧ Stars 5, Ducks 3

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