Luongo takes it up a notch

For­mer Canuck tied for fourth on ca­reer wins list

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - SPORTS - THurs­daY in sun­rise

Roberto Luongo moved into a tie for fourth on the NHL ca­reer vic­tory list with 474, mak­ing 37 saves to help the Flor­ida Pan­thers beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Thurs­day night.

The 38-year-old Luongo is tied with Curtis Joseph on the ca­reer list.

Vin­cent Trocheck scored the go-ahead goal, Ian McCoshen had his first NHL goal, and Jared McCann, Aaron Ek­blad and Nick Bjugstad also con­nected for Flor­ida.

Paul Stastny and Vince Dunn — also with his first ca­reer goal — coun­tered for St. Louis. Jake Allen stopped 33 shots in the Blues’ first loss in five games this sea­son.

Trocheck put the Pan­thers ahead 2-1 with a short-handed goal at 2:45 of the sec­ond pe­riod. Trocheck skated in on a break­away and shot over Allen’s glove. It was the first time the Blues trailed since the first pe­riod in their opener at Pitts­burgh.

McCann made it 3-1 on a power play at 7:42 of the sec­ond, redi­rect­ing Radim Vr­bata’s shot.

Ek­blad gave the Pan­thers a 4-1 lead at 3:16 of the third when he took a pass from Jonathan Hu­berdeau in front and fired it past Allen. Bjugstad scored with 5:58 left made it 5-1.

Dunn com­pleted the scor­ing. Mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod, the Blues had a po­ten­tial goal by Bray­den Schenn waved off be­cause of a high stick.

The Blues took a 1-0 lead in the sec­ond on a power-play goal by Stastny, who poked the puck past Luongo’s right skate into the cor­ner at 1:14. McCoshen, in his sixth NHL game, tied it 12 sec­onds later.

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roberto Luongo made 37 saves in thurs­day night’s win in sun­rise, Fla.

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