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Canucks’ defense stays tight in shutout

– Cory Schneider and the Vancouver Canucks handed the defending Stanley Cup champions their second straight shutout loss.

Schneider made 20 saves en route to his sixth NHL shutout, Mason Raymond scored in the first period, and the Canucks beat the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 on Saturday for their third straight victory.

“It was a close game, and not a lot of offense exchanged both ways, but we’ll take it any way we can get it,” Raymond said. “We didn’t have a lot of shots, but I thought we played well defensively for the most part.”

Schneider has played the last three games for the Canucks, facing 88 shots and allowing only three goals.

MAPLE LEAFS 3, BRUINS 2: In Toronto, Nazem Kadri scored in the first period, and Frazer McLaren added a timely goal in the third as Toronto ended an eight-game losing streak to the Bruins.

SABRES 2, CANADIENS 1: In Montreal, Thomas Vanek scored two goals to lead Buffalo to its third straight win in a run that began with an overtime victory in Montreal on Tuesday. Ryan Miller stopped 39 shots in this one for Buffalo.

DEVILS 2, PANTHERS 1: In Newark, N.J., Travis Zajac set up two goals, as New Jersey won its second straight since 40-year-old goalie Martin Brodeur returned to the lineup after being sidelined a month with a pinched nerve in his neck.

SENATORS 5, LIGHTNING 3: In Ottawa, Jakob Silfverberg, Eric Gryba, Guillaume Latendresse and Daniel Alfredsson scored in a 7:01 span in the first to power Ottawa.

WILD 2, SHARKS 0: In St. Paul, Minn., Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season and Ryan Suter had two more assists, leading Minnesota to its season-high fifth straight victory.

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