Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo produced a shutout in his 700th NHL game, leading the Canucks to a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday that opened a five-point gap between the Northwest Division’s top teams.
Luongo earned his second shutout of the season — both against the Wild — and the 57th in his NHL career as the Canucks (25-13-3) moved to the top of the league standings with 53 points.
Luongo was not severely tested, but was good when he had to be. Top-line forwards Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows had goals, and Manny Malhotra scored into an empty net in the final minute.
Vancouver have one more point than Western Conference-rival Chicago, and the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers.
The Wild (21-14-6), who led the Northwest before a rash of injuries last month, have lost 10 straight in Vancouver.
BRUINS 6, DEVILS 1
In Newark, New Jersey, Patrice Bergeron scored twice as Boston routed New Jersey and moved within a point of the Eastern Conference lead.
Tim Thomas made 30 saves as the defending Stanley Cup champions got back on track after their seven-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday against Dallas.
Gregory Campbell got Boston even at 1-1 in the first period, and Nathan Horton scored his fifth power-play goal of the season to give the Bruins the lead. David Krejci and Shawn Thornton added goals in the third.
David Clarkson put the Devils on top early with his team-leading 14th goal, but it was not enough to keep New Jersey from its heaviest loss for more than a month.
CANADIENS 7, JETS 3
In Montreal, Lars Eller had four goals and an assist as Montreal bounced back from a poor road trip by trouncing Winnipeg.
Travis Moen had three assists, while Josh Gorges, Tomas Kaberle and Michael Cammalleri also scored for the Canadiens, who improved to 6-7-6 at home.
Tim Stapleton, Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd scored for the Jets, who had won three straight going in.
SHARKS 3, DUCKS 1
In Anaheim, Brad Winchester and Benn Ferriero scored 27 seconds apart in the second period as San Jose beat Anaheim for the first time in four tries this season.
Joe Pavelski also scored for the Sharks, who were inexplicably mastered in their first three meetings with the woebegone Ducks, who sit 29th in the NHL standings.
Corey Perry scored for the Ducks, who have lost the first three games of their six-game homestand.