Luongo hits mile­stone in Flor­ida win

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Roberto Luongo moved into a tie for fourth place on the NHL ca­reer vic­tory list with 454, mak­ing 37 saves to help the Flor­ida Pan­thers beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Thurs­day night in Sun­rise, Fla.

The 38-year- old Luongo is tied with the re­tired 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, al­sowith 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 Hub erde au in front and fired it past Allen. Bjugstad scored with 5:58 left made it 5-1. WILD 5, BLACK­HAWKS 2 » Chris Stewart broke a tie mid­way through the third pe­riod with the first of his two goals as Min­nesota beat Chicago for its first vic­tory of the sea­son.

Ja­son Zucker had a goal and an as­sist, and De­van Dub­nyk made 36 saves to help the Wild (1-1-1) hand Chicago (3-1-1) its first reg­u­la­tion loss.

Stewart tapped Zucker’s feed past Corey Craw­ford from the doorstep at 9:28 of the third to give Min­nesota a 2-1 lead.

Stewart and Zucker broke in 2- on-1 against Dun­can Keith af­ter fel­low de­fense­man Brent Seabrook fell down on the play.

The goal with­stood a video re­view af­ter the Black­hawks chal­lenged that Zucker was off­side.

Zucker added a pow­er­play goal with 7:31 to go on the de­lay- of- game penalty that re­sulted from the failed Chicago chal­lenge.

He banged the puck in from be­hind the net off Craw­ford’s skate.

Stewart scored into an empty net with 4:04 re­main­ing to make it 4-1. Mikko Koivu added an­other empty- net­ter with 2:01 left. RED WINGS 4, COY­OTES 2 » Luke Glen­den­ing broke a tie with a short-handed goal with 3:24 left to help keep Ari­zona win­less.

Dy­lan Larkin got the as­sist on Glen­den­ing’s goal, his sec­ond of the night, af­ter Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made a flex­i­ble save at the other end. Howard fin­ished with 33 saves. LIGHT­NING 5, PEN­GUINS 4 » Steven Stamkos scored his first goal since hav­ing right knee surgery in Novem­ber and the Light­ning beat Pitts­burgh in Tampa, Fla.

Stamkos made it 3-1 with a power-play goal at 3:49 of the sec­ond pe­riod from the low left cir­cle.

Slater Koekkoek got his first two NHL goals for the Light­ning.

Antti Niemi, who al­lowed four goals on 13 shots over 9: 16 against Chicago on Oct. 5 in his Pen­guins de­but, stopped 29 shots. PREDA­TORS 4, STARS 1» Sa­muel Gi­rard scored his first NHL goal and had an as­sist to lead host Nashville. The 19-year- old Gi­rard was play­ing his sec­ond NHL game.

Filip Fors­berg and P.K. Sub­ban also had a goal and an as­sist, and Vik­tor Arvids­son scored for the Preda­tors. Pekka Rinne made 30 saves. JETS 4, CANUCKS 2 » Pa­trik Laine and Tyler My­ers scored 3:13 apart late in the sec­ond pe­riod in Win­nipeg’s road win.

HABS WAIVE STREIT » The Mon­treal Cana­di­ens have placed vet­eran de­fense­man Mark Streit on waivers.

The abrupt move comes four­months af­terMon­treal signed the 39-year- old Streit to a one-year, $700,000 con­tract af­ter he won a Stan­ley Cup with Pitts­burgh last sea­son. DEVILS’MCLEOD OUT » New Jer­sey Devils for­ward Michael McLeod had arthro­scopic surgery to re­pair a torn menis­cus in his left knee. The 19-year- old is ex­pected to be side­lined 4- 6 weeks.


Roberto Luongo makes one of his 37saves Thurs­day night, record­ing his 454th ca­reer win in a 5-2vic­tory over St. Louis.

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