PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Miller made 29 saves to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
Nick Bonino, Radim Vrbata and Jannik Hansen also scored for Vancouver, which snapped a three-game losing streak and broke out of a scoring slump. The Canucks tallied just two goals during their skid.
It was Miller’s fourth shutout this season and 33rd of his NHL career. He returned to the net after missing two games due to illness. Miller improved to 5-2-1 with a 1.63 goals-against average in his last eight games.
Philadelphia dropped its second straight and fell further out of playoff contention. The Flyers entered Thursday 11 points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Canucks scored two goals within 24 seconds of the second period.
Vrbata’s wrist shot from the right circle beat Ray Emery high on the stick side on the power play to put Vancouver up 3-0 just 2:21 into the period.
Flyers coach Craig Berube pulled Emery and replaced him with 33-year-old rookie Rob Zepp, who was playing in his fourth career game.
Zepp, who started over Emery in place of injured Steve Mason (lower body) in the last two games, promptly surrendered Jannik Hansen’s breakaway goal with 18:17 left in the period that made it 4-0. It was Hansen’s 10th goal of the season but first in seven games.
Mason was injured Saturday in a loss to Boston and is expected to miss two weeks.
Miller made several outstanding saves in the period, snaring Luke Schenn’s wrist shot from point-blank range with 13
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