VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Goaltender Roberto Luongo made 19 saves for the 65th shutout of his NHL career as the Vancouver Canucks blanked the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 on Friday night.
Luongo moved within one shutout of tying Patrick Roy for 14th place on the NHL's all-time list in that category. Luongo, a strong candidate for Canada's Olympic team, now has three shutouts this season along with a 15-8-5 record.
He helped the Canucks (19-10-5) post their sixth straight win, while the Oilers (11-20-3), appearing tired and listless throughout, lost for the second time in two nights. Vancouver moved into sole possession of sixth place in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, only three points away from second and five out of first.
Left winger Daniel Sedin scored his first goal in six games while right winger Zack Kassian, left winger Chris Higgins and right winger Dale Weise scored the other goals for the Canucks. Defenseman Jason Garrison provided three assists.
Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk was credited with 37 saves in the loss as the Canucks outshot the Oilers 40-19. Vancouver scored on one of two power plays, while Edmonton was denied on one.
The Canucks outshot the Oilers 14-4 in the first period, but could not beat Dubnyk. He drew the start for Edmonton one night after allowing three goals in only one period of work in a home loss to Boston.
The Oilers did not register a shot on Luongo until the game was just under seven minutes old, when center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fired a wrister from right wing.
Sedin opened the scoring at 8:40 of the second period when he snapped in a shot from the point during a four-on-three power play. The goal came 35 seconds after Edmonton center Mark Arcobello was penalized for slashing Vancouver center Chris Higgins as he hit the post on a rush up the middle.
Luongo preserved Vancouver's leading by picking off left winger David Perron's shot with his glove with 6:25 left in the second. The Oilers managed to record only six shots in the middle period, giving the Canucks a 26-10 advantage after 40 minutes.
For the fourth consecutive home game, the Canucks entered the third period looking for a shutout. Eddie Lack managed to get one in the previous game Monday, but Luongo was denied in his three previous chances.
Kassian helped Luongo's cause as he redirected right winger David Booth's shot between Dubnyk's legs 2:26 into the final frame. Booth directed the puck on net as he fell while trying to spin away from Oilers defenseman Nick Schultz.
Higgins increased Vancouver's lead to 3-0 less than four minutes later as he one-timed center Ryan Kesler's nifty backhand pass behind Dubnyk. Weise rounded out the scoring on a power play in the final minute after Perron was sent off for a needless roughing penalty.
NOTES: Canucks D Alex Edler missed his fourth straight game with an undisclosed injury, while LW Tom Sestito sat out his second for the same reason. ... Edmonton C Boyd Gordon returned after being sidelined seven games with a shoulder injury. G Ilya Bryzgalov remained out, for the sixth straight game, with a concussion. ... RW Dale Weise, usually a third or fourth-liner, also saw some action with the Sedins. ... Hockey Night in Canada aired the game on a rare Friday night telecast, resulting in a start one hour earlier than usual. ... Boston coach Claude Julien scouted the game. The Canucks host the Bruins on Saturday. It will be the first meeting between the teams in Vancouver since the seventh game of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup finals.