'Nucks hope to zip Jackets

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 12:40 PM ET

They oughta call him "Robber" Luongo.

Without a reliable defence or offence, Vancouver Canucks' $6-million goaltender Roberto Luongo is doing his best to steal points and remain in the playoff race.

He saved 40 of 43 shots in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings and turned away 38 of 39 when the Canucks beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Sunday.

Facing so many shots isn't new for Luongo, who was routinely the National Hockey League's most-fired-upon goaltender as a Florida Panther.

He is 28-18 (including two non-regulation losses) with a 2.36 goals against average.

"I just try to do my job, night in and night out," Luongo said. "Some nights I'm going to bail them out, some nights they're going to bail me out."

Columbus Blue Jackets visit tonight (7 p.m., Team 1040/pay-per-view) with Finnish rookie Fredrik Norrena offering a goaltending duel. The NHL's latest second star of the week stole weekend wins over the Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild.

Forward Anson Carter has only eight goals after leading the Canucks with 33 last season. Blue Jackets are 11 points out of the playoff hunt and just five out of last place.


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