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  • Vancouver Canucks' Alexander Edler, left, and Dan Hamhuis celebrate with goaltender Roberto Luongo after they defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in a shootout during an NHL hockey game on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:41 pm

Santorelli's SO goal lifts Canucks over Devils


Mike Santorelli scored the only goal in the shootout, and the Vancouver Canucks edged the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Thursday night.

In a matchup of former teammates, Roberto Luongo got the best of Cory Schneider - who used to be his backup in Vancouver. Luongo turned aside Travis Zajac, Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias in the tiebreaker to make Santorelli's goal stand up.

The Devils took a 1-0 lead just 5:05 into the game when Andrei Lokotonov found Elias for a shot from the left circle for his third goal. Elias had missed the previous two games because of illness.

Ryan Kesler tied it at 6:07 with his fifth goal.

New Jersey went back in front with a power-play goal 3:34 later on Eric Gelinas' first NHL goal. Gelinas was called up from Albany of the AHL on Wednesday.

But Vancouver tied it at 2 with 7:23 left in the second when Daniel Sedin netted his fourth of the season. Sedin fired a slap shot off a dump-in that found its way under Schneider's right pad.

Luongo made 28 saves before the shootout. Schneider stopped 19.

It was the second straight road win after regulation for the Canucks, who beat the New York Islanders in overtime on Tuesday.

New Jersey (1-5-4) was looking for its second win of the season two nights after being beaten at Columbus.

Schneider, facing his former team for the second time since being traded to the Devils on June 30, was also beaten by the Canucks in overtime in Vancouver on Oct. 8.

NOTES: Canucks center Henrik Sedin, who had two assists, played in his 641st consecutive game since March 21, 2004, the sixth longest streak in NHL history. St. Louis Blues D Jay Bouwmeester is the only active NHL player to appear in more games, dressing for 642. ... Elias' goal was his 11th against Luongo in 20 games. ... Devils D Bryce Salvador missed his second game and was designated as a non-roster Player due to a death in the family. ... Gelinas played in his second NHL game. He made his debut last season on April 25 against Pittsburgh.