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Luongo Laughs Last Against Canucks

It was not too long ago that Roberto Luongo was making big saves for the Vancouver Canucks on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Nowadays he is living, and playing again in Florida with the Panthers who beat the Canucks 5-4 in a shootout Sunday afternoon in Florida.

The game also had some historical significance as Jaromir Jagr moved into fourth place on the all-time NHL scoring list passing Marcel Dionne.

In the first period both teams scored two goals each to start the game off.

Jannik Hansen scored his 10th of the season 6:32 into the first period on the Canucks’ second shot of the game to make it 1-0.

Shawn Thornton’s first goal in 48 games tied the game up at 1-1 at 12:26 of the first period when he took a pass from Connor Brickley and his shot from the slot went past Miller. The Canucks challenged that the play was offside, but the goal was upheld after a video review.

The Canucks retook the lead at the 15:29 mark when Sven Baertschi snapped a wrist shot over Roberto Luongo’s shoulder.

With 11.5 seconds remaining in the first period, Jaromir Jagr tied the game 2-2 on a one-time shot that beat Ryan Miller.

In the second Vincent Trocheck gave the Panthers a 3-2 lead at 5:38 into the second period, but Derek Dorsett tied the game 31 seconds later.

The Panthers took the lead again when Aaron Ekblad scored Florida’s second power play goal of the game at 8:31 of the second period.

Daniel Sedin would later tie up the game at 4-4 with 5:20 remaining in the second period on his 15th goal of the season continuing his resurgent season.

With no goals in the third period, and overtime the game was decided in the shootout when Aleksander Barkov scored the shootout winner.

The Canucks (12-14-9) are 1-3-1 on their six-game road trip, which concludes against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

The Canucks were once again without captain Henrik Sedin for the second straight game due to a lower-body injury.

Additionally, Ryan Miller left the game in the shootout with an apparent injury, but after the game Willie Desjardin said Miller was cramping up, but “should be fine.”

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