VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Canucks raised Pavel Bure's No. 10 to the rafters before honoring the franchise's first superstar the best way they could — with a fast start.
Vancouver blitzed Toronto early and Roberto Luongo made 21 saves for his second shutout of the season Saturday night as the Canucks beat the Maple Leafs 4-0.
After a 20-minute ceremony to retire Bure's jersey, the Canucks came out flying, leading 1-0 on the scoreboard and 11-0 on the shot clock before the game was 9 minutes old.
"It was a great performance from the first minute to the last," said Luongo, who was sporting the Canucks' Superman shirt for player of the game. "I don't even know why I'm wearing this ... a ton of guys deserve it more than me in this locker room tonight. We really kept the puck in their zone and cycled and created some chances and were in there pretty much the whole game."
Known as the "Russian Rocket" for his lightning-quick speed, Bure would have been happy with the Canucks' tempo early as Daniel Sedin opened the scoring for Vancouver after a frenetic opening few minutes that saw Toronto goalie James Reimer make a number of big saves.
"We weren't quite sure what was going to happen after the ceremony," Luongo said. "We were sitting there a long time but it was a great start for us."
Zack Kassian, Chris Higgins and Dan Hamhuis also scored for the Canucks (10-5-1), who rebounded from a disappointing 2-1 loss to Detroit on Wednesday with one of their best efforts of the season.
"I know our guys weren't happy how we played against Detroit," Vancouver coach John Tortorella said. "We just wanted to simplify our game, play quick and just get to our forecheck.
"No matter how long the ceremony was — and it was a fantastic ceremony — guys were focused on playing the game."
Henrik Sedin, who along with his brother signed a four-year contract extension on Friday, picked up an assist on Daniel's goal to extend his point streak to 11 games (three goals, 10 assists).
Reimer kept the Maple Leafs in it most of the night, making 43 saves for a Toronto team that was outshot for the 13th time this season and snapped its three-game win streak.
"It was a terrible game for us," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "Probably the worst game we have played this year."
Reimer was strong early with four big stops during a frenetic sequence just over four minutes in, including one on Mike Santorelli on a 2-on-1 break and a desperation pad save on Alexandre Burrows.
Vancouver finally got one past the Toronto goalie at 5:55 on the power play. The Canucks came into the game ranked tied for 28th in the NHL with the man advantage but scored when Ryan Kesler's touch pass found Henrik Sedin in front. The Canucks captain rifled a shot that went off Daniel Sedin for a goal that was just Vancouver's fifth on power play all season.
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