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Luongo looks to remain hot as Canucks host Leafs

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Toronto (7-6-4) at Vancouver (9-6-1), 7:00pm EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- After seeing their

three-game winning streak come to an end by the slimmest of

margins, the Vancouver Canucks will look to rebound on Saturday

as they finish off a six-game homestand.

The Canucks host the Toronto Maple Leafs as they look to pick up

their fourth victory in five chances. They fell in a shootout

to the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1, on Wednesday after recording

three consecutive shutouts in a five-day span.

Red-hot goaltender Roberto Luongo recovered from a pair of

lackluster starts - during which he surrendered a combined nine

goals - to record three straight shutouts, making 81 saves in

that span. He came close to making it four in a row on before

Paul Stastny's power-play goal in the third period got past him

to tie the game.

He leads the league with five shutouts - more than double the

total of his closest competitor. He is already two away from

matching his career high of seven, set in 2003-04 with the

Florida Panthers.

Luongo will likely have more than his share of chances against

the Leafs, who lead the Eastern Conference in scoring and are

third in the NHL with 588 shots on goal this campaign.

Toronto comes into the game above the .500 mark but has had an

up-and-down season. The Leafs have stumbled through winless

streaks of five and three games, but have won two of their last

three. On Thursday, they scored three times in the second

period en route to a 5-2 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers as

center Matt Stajan recorded three assists.

The former second-round pick - who has never had more than 39

points in a single season - is in the midst of a five-game

scoring streak. and has recorded a point in 10 of his last 11

games. Over his last five, he has posted a goal and eight

assists and leads the club with 16 points.

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