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article imageRoberto who? Ryan Miller gets 2nd straight shutout, 'Nucks win

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 29, 2014 in Sports
Ryan Miller started a Vancouver Canucks road trip with his second straight shutout Friday night as he and his teammates thumped the hapless Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-0. Miller made 31 saves and has now allowed just a single goal in his last three games.
The Canucks are now 16-6-1 on the season, lofty ground, or ice, that virtually no one predicted they'd be able to skate upon this season. Miller's 32nd career shutout ups his record to 15-3 and has him tied for most wins in the NHL. Those are lofty numbers that even he could not have predicted.
"I feel like I'm building the right kind of game to play with this team," Miller said when it was done. "The guys are doing a nice job. I'm starting to get a feel for what certain D-men like to do and where they present themselves on the ice for certain plays."
Canucks: four-goal third period
The Blue Jackets are struggling through injuries this season after a promising playoff appearance last year. They are now a woeful 3-8 at home and while they fought hard early, they collapsed in the third. It was a tight game and the Canucks went into that third only leading 1-0, that on a late second period Chris Higgins goal from a bad angle that Sergei Bobrovsky likely wanted back.
Vancouver took over in the third and scored four times, once into an empty net with 5:22 left and Jackets coach Todd Richards trying desperately to get his team going. Vancouver spread out their scoring, five players, three different lines, getting goals from Henrik Sedin, Shawn Mathias (second straight game he's scored on a breakaway), Brad Richardson and Alex Burrows.
Nick Bonino had three assists, all well-deserved.
The first of seven on the road for the Canucks, Miller and co. now go into Detroit Sunday before games in Washington, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Columbus are back at it tonight in Nashville but may again run into trouble scoring goals. Predators goalie, Pekka Rinne, is the netminder tied for the league lead in wins with Miller.
Miller, by the way, now has gone 152:05 without being scored upon, and while he's effectively put Roberto Luongo in the rear-view mirror for Vancouver fans, he still has a ways to go to beat Luongo's Canuck shutout record of 242 minutes and 36 seconds.
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