Quiet night for Bobby Lu

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

EDMONTON - His shutout opportunity was shut down, but only just.

Roberto Luongo spent a lot of time watching in the third period Sunday night before finally seeing the Edmonton Oilers get on the scoreboard with just 4.5 seconds left on the clock.

But the Vancouver goalie said the important thing was getting the victory, giving the Canucks their first 3-0 road stretch since December of last year.

“We played well, we dominated the other team for a big part of the game and we did what we had to do to get two points,” said Luongo, whose squad outshot the Oilers 14-0 in the final frame, prior to Jordan Eberle’s goal.

“The guys were playing well and not giving the other team much.

“An unfortunate set of circumstances led us to let them score like that.”

Luongo stopped 11 shots the Oilers were able to muster all night.

“That’s too bad really, he played good for us and it’s tough to see him let in a goal late like that,” said Henrik Sedin, who scored the game winner and added an assist in the 2-1 victory. “But we’ll take the win.”

While the quantity of shots Luongo faced wasn’t there, the quality still was — including a first-period penalty shot by Oilers left winger Magnus Paajarvi that Luongo had to steer clear after Canucks defenceman Andrew Alberts was called for tripping on a breakaway.

“I didn’t know what he was going to do so I just tried to be as patient as possible,” said Luongo, who wasn’t fooled by a weak deke.

“When he went to his backhand, I tried to crowd his stick manoeuvre with my stick and put the glove in the way to get a piece of it.

“I was surprised (a penalty shot was awarded), but now that it’s all said and done I’ll take the save.”

But, thanks to Eberle, not the shutout.

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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