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October 17, 2013

Sabres slide continues with 3-0 loss to Canucks

Niagara Gazette — BUFFALO — Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo had little trouble picking up his first shutout of the season against a Buffalo Sabres team that's having trouble scoring goals.

Luongo made 25 saves and the Vancouver Canucks shut out the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 on Thursday night.

"He made some big saves on a power play to keep it out," Canucks coach John Tortorella said. "I don't think he was terribly busy, but that's a hard game for him and he made some big saves at key times for us."

Brad Richardson, Chris Higgins and Ryan Stanton scored for the Canucks (5-3-0), who are off to their best start since opening 2005 at 6-1-1.

Luongo was tested with 11 shots in the third period before finishing his first shutout since Feb. 22 at Nashville. It was his 63rd career shutout. Luongo entered the game with a .899 save percentage and three games with three or more goals allowed

"I've been feeling good the whole year," Luongo said. "The stats don't show it really, but the important thing is not to get frustrated."

The Sabres (1-7-1) remain winless at home this season and were again booed off the ice after the second period in what's become a familiar refrain.

Even louder were the "Fire Darcy" chants in reference to Sabres general manager Darcy Regier that came after Vancouver's third goal.

Regier declined comment after the game.

Coach Ron Rolston and his players were disappointed with the loss.

"If we don't play the right way, they're creating their own frustration," Rolston said. "So they've got to figure that out."

Buffalo failed to build momentum after getting its first win of the season Tuesday at the New York Islanders. Their offense didn't record their 10th shot until there was 5:35 to go in the second period, as Drew Stafford took a shot from the top of the left circle.

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