Roberto Luongo turned in a 24-save shutout over the Colorado Avalanche last night as the Canucks improved to 3-2-2 this season. Zack Kassian had his fifth goal of the year in the win.

Let’s take a look at the rest of a short night on ice.

Chicago lost its first game of the season in a shootout 3-2 to the Minnesota Wild. The notable happening in that game was that goaltender Nicklas Backstrom came on in relief of Josh Harding. Harding gave up two goals on four shots in 6:45 and was yanked. Backstrom came in an turned aside all 28 shots he saw through the end of regulation and OT to get the win. Looks like we might have more clarity to the goaltending questions in Minnesota.

Ottawa continued to roll with a 5-1 over visiting Montreal. The Craig Anderson express continues to roll as he stopped 31 of 32 shots to improve to 5-0-1 this season and keep his GAA at a league-best 0.99 amongst regular starters. Jason Spezza was scratched again with a back injury and he is still day-to-day at this time.

Edmonton knocked off Phoenix in overtime 2-1 to improve its record to 4-2-0. Neil Yakupov scored the game-winner on a power play for the Oilers. The game almost ended with a Devan Dubnyk shutout but Nick Johnson’s power-pay goal with 19 seconds left forced overtime for the Coyotes. Attendance was reportedly just under 13,000 in Phoenix.

Stat of the Night
A Canadian team won in all three of the games that involved at least one team from north of the border.

Multiple Goal Scorers-None

Three Stars of the Night

1. Luongo full-game shutout
2. Backstrom most of the game shutout
3. Anderson 5-0-1 this season for the Senators

Thursday’s Schedule
Buffalo at Boston 7pm
Washington at Toronto 7pm
NY Islanders at New Jersey 7pm
Pittsburgh at NY Rangers 7pm
St Louis at Columbus 7pm
Winnipeg at Florida 730pm
Colorado at Calgary 9pm
Nashville at Los Angeles 1030pm
Edmonton at San Jose 1030pm