Mike Santorelli leads Canucks to another win, but Roberto Luongo loses shutout by eight seconds

Vancouver Canucks shut down the Colorado Avalanche for 59 minutes and 52 seconds.

But Jamie McGinn's wrist shot with eight seconds left prevented Roberto Luongo from posting his third shutout of the year.

Vancouver still won 3-1 on two goals by Mike Santorelli and one from Ryan Kesler.

Luongo improved his goals-against average to 2:28.

Santorelli also posted an assist and linemate Chris Higgins had two other helpers.

Coach John Tortorella said that Santorelli is a good reason why the Kesler line is playing well.

"He was our best player tonight by far, in all areas," Tortorella told reporters after the game.

He refused to comment on the Avalanche except to say it was the quickest team the Canucks have encountered this season.

"I thought our first period was awful," Tortorella said, adding that the team's momentum improved as the game went on.

It was the Canucks' fifth victory in six games and their second consecutive win in the midst of a five-game homestand.

Colorado came in into the game with a 20-7 record.

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