Published May 02, 2016
Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Miller stopped 23 shots and set a new personal-best shutout streak in Vancouver's 2-1 decision over Florida on Monday.
Miller, who had recorded back-to-back shutouts in his previous two starts at Philadelphia and Carolina, saw his run of keeping the opposition off the scoreboard end late in regulation. He was bidding to become the first Canucks netminder to post three straight whitewashes since his counterpart, Roberto Luongo.
Radim Vrbata and Bo Horvat scored early in the contest for the Canucks, who have won 15 games away from home thus far and close out this successful three- game trip in Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
"I think it takes character to win on the road," Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins said. "I think it's hard to win on the road. We'd probably like to do better at home, but to win on the road, you have to be prepared because it's always tough."
Brandon Pirri recorded the lone score for the Panthers, while Luongo made 21 saves in his team's fourth straight defeat.
Down by one, Luongo was pulled twice for an extra skater in the final three minutes.
Pirri finally put the hosts on the board with 2:32 left in regulation, firing away after Dave Bolland won a left-circle draw, but the Canucks had better possession and more chances near the vacant cage for the remainder of the contest.
"It gave them some life, gave them a chance, but we did a good job getting the puck cleared and pressure down ice, and that was that," Miller noted.
The visitors punctured their former teammate just 3:25 into the contest as Henrik and Daniel Sedin controlled the puck deep in the Florida zone and Vrbata converted a pass from the latter twin from the right side.
Horvat was free up the left wing on an odd-man rush with Derek Dorsett, followed up his rebound which trickled into the crease and popped it home inside the right post at 8:03.
Luongo robbed Chris Higgins with a glove stop on a short-handed breakaway inside two minutes left in the first.
"They took it to us in that first period," Florida head coach Gerard Gallant said. "It probably should have been 5-0 but 'Louie' kept us in there. We played better in the second and I thought real well in the third. It was just a little too late."
Both sides traded frantic open chances in a scoreless second frame during which Miller stopped eight shots and Luongo made nine saves to keep it a two- goal margin.
Luongo posted 3 straight whitewashes for Canucks in both Nov. 2007 and Nov. 2008 ... Miller's string of flawless hockey reached 200 minutes, 45 seconds before Pirri's marker.