Score Strip

  1. League: NHL
  2. Anaheim vs. Dallas
    Live
    1:04 3rd
    2 1 ANH
    4 4 DAL
  3. St. Louis vs. Chicago
    Live
    15:13 2nd
    0 2 STL
    0 3 CHI
  4. Pittsburgh vs. Columbus
    Final OT
    3 1 PIT
    4 4 CLS
  5. View All
6-6-1
1 -
Team 1 2 3
MIN 0 1 0
VAN 1 1 0
2
8-2-2

Luongo lifts Canucks to 2-1 win over Wild

AP - Sports
Luongo lifts Canucks to 2-1 win over Wild
.

View gallery

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game …

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Roberto Luongo doesn't have an explanation why the Minnesota Wild can't score against him when he is home in Vancouver.

Luongo made 25 saves, and the host Canucks beat the Wild 2-1 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.

Luongo's home shutout streak against the Wild ended at 228 minutes, 26 seconds but he held on for the win. He still hasn't lost a game in regulation this season (4-0-2).

''Whether it's a coincidence or what, I'll take it,'' Luongo said of his success against Minnesota. ''They're divisional games so they're important. We have a pretty good streak against them.''

Luongo, who is splitting time in goal this season with Cory Schneider, lowered his goals-against average to 1.45, behind only Ottawa's Craig Anderson.

''They're making a lot of key saves for us when we're down or in tight games,'' Vancouver forward Jannik Hansen said.

Kevin Bieksa and Hansen scored for Vancouver (8-2-2).

Devin Setoguchi had the only goal for the Wild (6-6-1), whose two-game winning streak was snapped. Minnesota hasn't won in Vancouver since Jan. 31, 2009 (0-9-2).

It was just the seventh goal the Wild have scored in six games.

''We got a find a way to score,'' forward Zach Parise said. ''That's too many games of just getting one. We've got to generate offense, and it's not good enough right now.''

Darcy Kuemper stopped 28 shots in a losing effort in his NHL debut. Kuemper was called up because Josh Harding was dealing with the effects of medication he takes for multiple sclerosis.

Kuemper had a 1.79 goals-against average and .938 save percentage with the Houston Aeros of the AHL.

''It was a hard-fought, gritty game with two teams battling for every inch on the ice,'' Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. ''We had opportunities to make it 3-1. Their goaltender made some good saves and their players made some key defensive plays and took us right down to the wire.''

Bieksa gave Vancouver a 1-0 at the tail end of a power play.

Zack Kassian rushed past a defender along the right boards and centered the puck to Bieksa, who beat Kuemper low with a one-timer at 11:33 of the first.

''I didn't think the big man would find me, but he's got some soft hands on him and he did,'' Bieksa said of Kassian's pass.

Luongo made his first big stop about 13 minutes into the game during a Minnesota power play. He kicked out his right pad to rob Charlie Coyle's one-timer from the slot.

Mason Raymond and Keith Ballard combined to set up Hansen's third of the season at 10:03 of the second. Raymond began the play by skating through three Minnesota defenders before feeding Ballard along the left boards. Ballard spotted Hansen at the right side of the net, and the Danish right wing beat Kuemper glove side, off the crossbar and in.

''I took a little longer than I would have liked to get it off, but it's such a good play that I have so much time and I can kind of dust the puck off more than I would normally,'' Hansen said.

Raymond extended his point streak to four games. His line with Hansen and rookie Jordan Schroeder continued to have success.

''They're quick, and obviously their skill level is very high,'' Vigneault said. ''They made some nice plays and were strong on the puck. They combine the speed, the skill and a little bit of grit.

''They're tough to handle, and the goal they scored was a real nice goal.''

Setoguchi got the Wild within 2-1 four minutes later on the power play with a highlight-reel finish. Mikael Granlund and Matt Cullen worked to dig the puck out of the corner, allowing Setoguchi to skate out front, dragged the puck to his forehand and put the puck past Luongo.

It was Setoguchi's second goal in three games after he failed to record any in the first nine games of the season.

''Sometimes you've got to give a guy credit,'' Luongo said. ''I thought I had him all the way but he made a perfect shot.''

That goal came on the third of the Wild's four shots in the period.

Vancouver came out of the second intermission looking to regain the two-goal cushion. Daniel Sedin had a partial breakaway but was turned aside by Kuemper's quick blocker save, keeping the Wild within one.

Minnesota was stymied on its best chance to tie the game just past the 5-minute mark. Parise found himself alone in front, and his quick shot was kicked out to Ryan Suter in the slot, but the defenseman sent a shot off the post. Suter has yet to score a goal for the Wild since signing a big free agent deal in the offseason.

''We played the (third) period the way we needed to play it,'' Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. ''You can't just open it up, and all of a sudden next thing you know they get the next goal.

''We stuck with it, we got the chances we needed to get, and we just didn't finish. We did everything except finish.''

In the final minute, with Kuemper pulled for an extra attacker, Luongo made a big stop against Setoguchi, and then blocked the rebound. He made 10 stops in the final period.

''He walked in from the bench, so it was tough to cover him but I was able to challenge him,'' Luongo said of his save on Setoguchi. ''He wasn't able to get (the shot) up so I was able to get a pad on it.''

NOTES: Henrik Sedin entered the game one point shy of Markus Naslund's Canucks scoring record. He has 755 points. The Canucks captain hasn't scored in 12 games to begin the season.

View Comments
  • Heat escape: Miami goes up 2-0 in East 1st-round series, tops Charlotte 101-97

    Heat escape: Miami goes up 2-0 in East 1st-round series, tops Charlotte 101-97

    MIAMI - LeBron James drove to the rim as time was winding down, got clobbered by Josh McRoberts and sat on the hardwood gathering himself for a few seconds afterward. Miami took Charlotte's best shot, and survived. James scored 32 points and added … More »

    The Canadian Press - 5 minutes ago
  • Cruz hits 2 homers as Orioles beat Blue Jays 10-8

    Cruz hits 2 homers as Orioles beat Blue Jays 10-8

    Nelson Cruz hit two of Baltimore's season-high four home runs, Chris Davis and Matt Wieters also connected and the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-8 Wednesday night. Cruz hit a solo homer off Dustin McGowan in the third and a grand slam off … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 minutes ago
  • Simon, Bruce lead Reds past Pirates 5-2

    Simon, Bruce lead Reds past Pirates 5-2

    Alfredo Simon pitched into the seventh inning despite erratic control, Jay Bruce drove in a run for a fifth consecutive game and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Wednesday night. Simon has pitched at least six innings in each of … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 minutes ago
  • Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1

    Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1

    Michael Pineda was ejected for using a foreign substance less than two weeks after appearing to get away with it in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-1 on Wednesday night. The right-hander was thrown out in … More »

    AP - Sports - 9 minutes ago
  • Marc-Andre Fleury makes two gaffes, Blue Jackets rally to win Game 4

    Marc-Andre Fleury makes two gaffes, Blue Jackets rally to win Game 4

    Yes, he made 42 saves in the game, as the Blue Jackets desperately peppered him in a fight for their playoff lives on Wednesday night. But it’s the two he didn’t make with 24 seconds left in regulation and 2:49 into overtime that cost the Penguins … More »

    Puck Daddy - 13 minutes ago
  • LaRoche caps Nats comeback for 5-4 win over Angels

    LaRoche caps Nats comeback for 5-4 win over Angels

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Adam LaRoche's tiebreaking RBI single off the first pitch from Fernando Salas capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Washington Nationals came back to beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 Wednesday night to … More »

    AP - Sports - 14 minutes ago
  • Mets cut down tying run, hold off Cardinals 3-2

    Mets cut down tying run, hold off Cardinals 3-2

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Lucas Duda hit a long home run and the New York Mets threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth inning to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Wednesday night with a stiff wind whipping through Citi Field. … More »

    AP - Sports - 15 minutes ago
  • Canadian Curling’s 2013-2014 season: Top 10 stories

    Canadian Curling’s 2013-2014 season: Top 10 stories

    What an incredible, outlandish season. Packed with memorable on-ice action, the curling landscape was also filled with off-ice intrigue. Here are my top ten Canadian curling stories of the year. 10. This means war. OCA and CCA clash An ugly, … … More »

    Eh Game - 17 minutes ago
  • Dubinsky forces OT, Foligno wins it in Blue Jackets' 4-3 comeback vs. Penguins to tie series

    Dubinsky forces OT, Foligno wins it in Blue Jackets' 4-3 comeback vs. Penguins to tie series

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh … More »

    The Canadian Press - 21 minutes ago
  • Full Nelson: Cruz belts grand slam as Orioles outscore Blue Jays 10-8

    TORONTO - Nelson Cruz hit two home runs — including a grand slam — as the Baltimore Orioles outscored the Toronto Blue Jays 10-8 on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre. Chris Davis and Matt Wieters also homered for the Orioles, who came back from an … More »

    The Canadian Press - 21 minutes ago
  • Postgame: Steve Clifford

    Postgame: Steve Clifford

    Steve Clifford addresses the media following the Game 2 loss to the Heat. … More »

    NBA.com - 22 minutes ago
  • Australia's Beale needs surgery, but will keep playing

    Australia's Beale needs surgery, but will keep playing

    Kurtley Beale needs surgery to remove a bone spur from his foot but the Australia utility back plans to delay the operation and keep on playing until he gets some off from rugby or the pain becomes unbearable. The 25-year-old limped off during last … More »

    Reuters - 27 minutes ago
  • Nick Foligno rips the OT winner past Fleury

    Nick Foligno rips the OT winner past Fleury

    Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno rips a distant shot past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to win the game in overtime for the Jackets. … More »

    NHL Highlights - 28 minutes ago
  • Down 3 goals, Jackets top Penguins in OT

    Down 3 goals, Jackets top Penguins in OT

    Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday … More »

    AP - Sports - 28 minutes ago
  • Kipnis' double helps Indians top Royals

    Kipnis' double helps Indians top Royals

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher with a two-out double in the seventh inning, sending the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. … More »

    AP - Sports - 33 minutes ago
  • 'Grandfather' Phelps plays down Rio prospects

    'Grandfather' Phelps plays down Rio prospects

    By Julian Linden PHOENIX (Reuters) - Michael Phelps is playing down expectations about his return to competitive swimming but the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a mind-boggling 18 gold medals, is finding it tough to sell himself as an … More »

    Reuters - 36 minutes ago
  • Semien's slam gets White Sox past Tigers

    Semien's slam gets White Sox past Tigers

    Marcus Semien's seventh-inning grand slam lifted the Chicago White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Wednesday night. Jose Abreu hit another long home run for the White Sox, but it was Semien's first career slam that turned around the game. Detroit … More »

    AP - Sports - 36 minutes ago
  • Dubinsky ties the game off Fleury’s misplay

    Dubinsky ties the game off Fleury’s misplay

    Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky gets the tying goal with :23 second left after Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury misplays the puck. … More »

    NHL Highlights - 38 minutes ago
  • Craig Adams starts the scoring on 2-on-1

    Craig Adams starts the scoring on 2-on-1

    Pittsburgh Penguins forward Craig Adams scores a nice 2-on-1 goal with Brandon Sutter against Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. … More »

    NHL Highlights - 38 minutes ago
  • Mark Letestu fires puck in off of Jenner

    Mark Letestu fires puck in off of Jenner

    Blue Jackets forward Mark Letestu fires a heavy shot off teammate Boone Jenner to get the Jackets on the score sheet against Penguins goalie Marc Andre-Fleury. … More »

    NHL Highlights - 38 minutes ago
  • Ryan Johansen scores loose puck on Fleury

    Ryan Johansen scores loose puck on Fleury

    Columbus Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen fires the loose puck into the net past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc Andre-Fleury. … More »

    NHL Highlights - 38 minutes ago
  • Ducks' Robidas won't need surgery on leg

    Ducks' Robidas won't need surgery on leg

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas is ready for another long rehab after breaking his right leg again. ''It's going to be lots of hours in the gym to get the strength back,'' Robidas said during Game 4 on Wednesday night. It's almost like I … More »

    AP - Sports - 41 minutes ago
  • Wild LW Cooke suspended 7 games for hit

    Wild LW Cooke suspended 7 games for hit

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The NHL cracked down hard on Matt Cooke, suspending the Minnesota Wild left wing for seven games Wednesday for his knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. The Avalanche lead the Wild 2-1 … More »

    AP - Sports - 42 minutes ago
  • Walker's Big Three

    Walker's Big Three

    Kemba Walker drains a big three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to bring the Bobcats within one point. … More »

    NBA.com - 42 minutes ago
  • Liverpool seek to land knockout blow on Chelsea

    Liverpool seek to land knockout blow on Chelsea

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool can eliminate one of their two rivals from the Premier League title race by beating Chelsea on Sunday and the way the dice is rolling for them they might even have one hand on the trophy by the end of … More »

    Reuters - 43 minutes ago
  • Wild left wing Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension from NHL for kneeing Avalanche defenceman

    Wild left wing Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension from NHL for kneeing Avalanche defenceman

    ST. PAUL, Minn. - The NHL cracked down hard on Matt Cooke, suspending the Minnesota Wild left wing for seven games Wednesday for his knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenceman Tyson Barrie. Cooke was at the league office in New … More »

    The Canadian Press - 43 minutes ago
  • Wright-Phillips' 3 goals lift Red Bulls

    Wright-Phillips' 3 goals lift Red Bulls

    Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice in the first 24 minutes and added a second-half penalty kick to give the New York Red Bulls their second straight victory, 4-0 over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night. Wright-Phillips, who scored one goal in … More »

    AP - Sports - 49 minutes ago
  • Heat hold off Bobcats 101-97, go up 2-0

    Heat hold off Bobcats 101-97, go up 2-0

    LeBron James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Miami Heat held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series. Dwyane Wade … More »

    AP - Sports - 52 minutes ago
  • OHL Roundup: Battalion sweep Generals in Eastern Conference final

    NORTH BAY, Ont. - Jamie Lewis scored the winner with 5:33 left to play as the North Bay Battalion edged the Oshawa Generals 3-2 on Wednesday to sweep their Ontario Hockey League playoff series. … More »

    The Canadian Press - 53 minutes ago
  • Swimmer Michael Phelps Attempts Comeback

    Swimmer Michael Phelps Attempts Comeback

    After two years out of the pool, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps returns to the water because he missed the sport that has been his entire life. His eyes are on Rio. (April 23) … More »

    AP Canada Videos - 1 hour 1 minute ago
  • 10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos

    10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos

    Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports. … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 3 minutes ago
  • FC Edmonton, Ottawa Fury play to scoreless draw in Amway Canadian Championship

    OTTAWA - FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury FC played to a 0-0 draw Wednesday night at Keith Harris Stadium in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship. The two teams, who compete in the North American Soccer League, will meet next Wednesday in … More »

    The Canadian Press - 1 hour 8 minutes ago
  • Ginobili Beats the Buzzer

    Ginobili Beats the Buzzer

    Manu Ginobili follows Patty Mills' miss with a twisting layup to beat the halftime buzzer. … More »

    NBA.com - 1 hour 10 minutes ago
  • Chris Colabello homers on mom's birthday as she's being interviewed on Twins broadcast

    Chris Colabello homers on mom's birthday as she's being interviewed on Twins broadcast

    Happy birthday, Mrs. Colabello! … More »

    Big League Stew - 1 hour 12 minutes ago
  • Kidd-Gilchrist Jams

    Kidd-Gilchrist Jams

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist takes the feed from Kemba Walkers and throws down a big two-handed dunk. … More »

    NBA.com - 1 hour 13 minutes ago
  • Pineda ejected for substance on neck

    Pineda ejected for substance on neck

    Less than two weeks after pitching against Boston with what appeared to be pine tar on his pitching hand, the New York Yankees' Michael Pineda was ejected from a game against the Red Sox on Wednesday night after umpires found a foreign substance on … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 14 minutes ago
  • Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers

    Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers

    Mike McCarthy promises there won't be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle. The last time Green Bay visited CenturyLink Field was in Week 3 of the 2012 season, a … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 16 minutes ago
  • Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda ejected from Red Sox game after umpire finds substance on neck

    Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda ejected from Red Sox game after umpire finds substance on neck

    BOSTON - Less than two weeks after pitching against Boston with what appeared to be pine tar on his pitching hand, the New York Yankees' Michael Pineda was ejected from a game against the Red Sox on Wednesday night after umpires found a foreign … More »

    The Canadian Press - 1 hour 16 minutes ago
  • Douglas-Roberts to Kidd-Gilchrist

    Douglas-Roberts to Kidd-Gilchrist

    Chris Douglas-Roberts drives and dishes to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for the layup. … More »

    NBA.com - 1 hour 18 minutes ago
  • Heat extend deal in Miami through 2040

    Saying they reaffirm the team's commitment to the city, the Miami Heat announced Wednesday night that they have agreed to extend their partnership with Miami-Dade County another 10 years through 2040. Heat managing partner Micky Arison, whose team … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 23 minutes ago