SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Radim Vrbata and Bo Horvat scored, Ryan Miller stopped 23 shots and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Monday night.
Brandon Pirri spoiled Miller’s bid for a third straight shutout with 2:32 remaining, ending the goalie’s career-best scoreless streak at 200:45. Miller, who had blanked Philadelphia and Carolina in his last two starts, topped his previous best scoreless streak of 161:35, set in 2010 with Buffalo
Vancouver won its third straight and improved to 3-1 on a five-game road trip.
The Panthers have lost a season-worst four straight.
The Canucks scored both goals in the first period and outshot the sluggish Panthers 13-6. Vrbata put Vancouver ahead at 3:25 as Daniel Sedin made a nice pass across to Vrbata on the right side and his shot got past Luongo’s glove.
Horvat doubled the lead at 8:03 as his shot was deflected into the crease and bounced before drifting across the goal line.
The Panthers outshot the Canucks 10-1 in the third period and finally got on the scoreboard when Pirri got the puck off the faceoff and fired a shot from above the right circle through traffic and past Miller.
NOTES: The line of Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, and Vrbata have combined for 108 points for Vancouver this season. … The game was Luongo’s third against Vancouver since he was sent to Florida in a four-player deal last March. … The Panthers have scored once in their last 23 power-play chances. … Panthers centers Pirri and Vincent Trocheck returned to the lineup after being healthy scratches for the past three and four games, respectively.
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