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VANCOUVER - Roberto Luongo looked up at the scoreboard and tapped his heart to acknowledge the crowd after a video tribute honouring his eight years with Vancouver Canucks. Federico Bernardeschi Jersey .Then it was back to business.The veteran goalie stopped 32 shots in his return to a city where he experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows on Thursday as the Florida Panthers defeated the Canucks 3-1.I just wanted to give my thanks, my appreciation for not only the welcome, but for the eight years, Luongo said of the first-period salute. Theres a lot of memories in those eight years and it was just my way to thank the fans.Luongos career in Vancouver was a well-documented rollercoaster — including a gold-medal victory for Canada at the 2010 Olympics, losing Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final and a goalie circus that led to his eventual exit — but it was like old times on this night as fans rekindled the familiar Loo chant every time he touched the puck and cheered him after he was named the games first star.Its nice to receive that acknowledgment, Luongo told a huge throng of reporters in the hallway outside the locker-rooms. I gave my heart and soul the whole time. There was some ups and downs obviously, but at the end of the day I am glad the positive is remembered more than the negative.Jonathan Huberdeau, with two goals and an assist, and Aleksander Barkov scored for the Panthers (18-11-9), who are in a surprising hunt for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.In his time with the Canucks, Luongo won at least 30 games six times — and 40 or more twice — before being abruptly traded back to Florida last March after getting benched in the Heritage Classic. The Panthers had been in Vancouver all week, and the 35-year-old said Thursday brought a level of closure. It kind of is a little bit, said Luongo. I havent been back here since the trade so not only for myself, but I think for the fans as well it just closes the chapter and we get to move on now.Somewhat lost in the mix of the emotion was the fact Luongo picked up the 389th victory of his career to tie Dominik Hasek for 11th on the all-time goalie wins list. He also beat the Canucks for the first time to give him at least one victory against all 30 NHL teams.The crowd was great. All in all I dont think I could have asked for anything more, said Luongo. I was hearing the Loos when I made big saves, that was nice, it brought back good memories.Daniel Sedin opened the scoring in the first for the Canucks (23-13-3), who started brightly before fading over the final two periods in what can only be described as a disappointing effort.I thought our first was pretty good, but our second we just lost everything, said Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin. We stopped playing, our shifts were too long, we didnt come out and do proper break outs.It was far from good enough.Ryan Miller — who signed as a free agent in the off-season to replace Luongo as the Canucks No. 1 goalie — made 27 saves in taking the loss.They had a good forecheck pressure in the second period, said Miller. We need to be able to respond to that, find a way to change it up, but they pinched hard. (Weve) got to have a better response.Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins preaches consistency and was at a loss as to why his team lacked it — as well as much energy — over the final 40 minutes in a game that had so much hype surrounding Luongos return.It was pretty disappointing, said Desjardins. I just dont think theres any reason you cant play a certain way. We didnt have a good second period. We got ourselves behind and they defend well.Tied 1-1 after 20 minutes, the Panthers grabbed their first lead at 7:10 of the second when Barkov scored his fourth of the season on a slick deflection off a point shot from rookie defenceman Aaron Ekblad.Luongo made a nice pad save on Vancouver forward Shawn Matthias — one of the players acquired the trade with Florida — off the rush a few minutes later, but a mistake by the Canucks late in the period ensured the Panthers took a 3-1 lead to the locker-room.Florida defenceman Dmitry Kulikov caught Vancouver on a bad change and sprung a stretch pass to Huberdeau, who moved in alone on Miller and made no mistake high over the glove for his sixth at 16:43.We knew it was going to be emotional, said Huberdeau. Its a big game for (Luongo). The crowd was great. It was great to see a player that the fans loved. We are happy to have him in Florida, but it was nice to see the crowd still loved him and supported him.After the Panthers had a couple chances to stretch their advantage early in the third against Miller, Luongo stopped Matthias again moments later with a great pad save in tight.The Canucks got a 5-on-3 power play for 40 seconds with 7:50 to go after Floridas David Bolland was assessed a double minor for high sticking with the Panthers already down a man, but Vancouver was unable to get anything going except for a late chance from Alexandre Burrows.Right off, start of period they had a couple whacks at it, said Luongo Theres always key moments in a game and that might have been one of them, but we scored some big goals in the second, made some big plays and then I thought we played a really good third period.As the clock wound down, some of the Loos for Luongo at Rogers Arena turned to a couple of boos directed at the home side.Weve got to take pride in showing up each and every night, said Henrik Sedin. Its not going to be perfect every night, but at least weve got to see that were trying and were there and were focused. That wasnt the case tonight.Vancouver started off strong and took the lead at 3:39 of the first period when Daniel Sedin beat Luongo for his ninth of the season up high off a feed from his brother Henrik.Luongo snagged a hard shot from Alexander Edler a few minutes later to keep the deficit at one before his teammates evened the score on a strange one at 9:33.Henrik Sedin attempted to clear the puck from behind his own net, but it pinged its way to Huberdeau in the slot. Miller made a great save on the first shot, but the puck trickled over the line after a scramble. Barkov was initially given credit, but replays showed that Edler put it in his own net to hand Huberdeau his fifth of the campaign.These guys have been playing hard all year and they are really developing into great players and this is just the beginning for us, said Luongo. I think were excited for what is ahead of us here. We just want to keep growing and staying in the hunt and try to hopefully get a spot in the playoffs.Notes: Canucks forward Chris Higgins missed the game with an illness, which meant Linden Vey dressed for the second straight night after subbing in for Radim Vrbata (flu) on Tuesday. ... The Canucks play the finale of their five-game homestand on Saturday night against the Calgary Flames. ... The Panthers visit Calgary on Friday. ... Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis skated on Thursday morning and said he expects to practice Friday. He has been out with a torn groin after a non-contact play early in Vancouvers game on Nov. 20. Hamhuis hopes to be back in the lineup before the all-star break.___Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter Andrea Barzagli Juventus Jersey . Amare Stoudemire had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Carmelo Anthony scored 21 and the New York Knicks won their eighth straight game, 93-92 over Philadelphia on Friday night, sending the Sixers to their 23rd straight loss. Miralem Pjanic Juventus Jersey . -- Canadas Milos Raonic defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France on Saturday to advance to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.GOFFSTOWN, N.H. -- Sadena Parks won for her second Symetra Tour title in three weeks, beating Jackie Stoelting on the second hole of a playoff Sunday in the New England Charity Classic. Parks, the 24-year-old former University of Washington player from Tacoma, won the SEFCU Championship two weeks ago in Albany, New York, to become the second black winner in Symetra Tour history. LaRee Sugg was the first black champion on the developmental tour, winning in 1998 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. "This second win just shows how much Ive improved over the year," Parks said. "It not only means a lot to me, but I know it means a lot to my fans, supporters and my team." Parks earned $15,000 to jump from sixth to third on the money list with $51,615. The top 10 after the final four events will earn 2015 LPGA Tour cards. "I dont want to say that I have my LPGA Tour card yet, but its looking pretty good right now," Parks said. "Ever since I was 9 years old, the LPGA Tour was my goal and it has been a long journey and now I am almost there." Parks won with a par oon the second extra hole -- the par-4 17th at Stonebridge -- after both players opened the playoff with birdies on the par-5 18th. Alex Sandro Juventus Jersey. Parks closed with a 5-under 67 to match Stoelting at 8-under 208. Both players played the back nine in 5-under 31, with Parks birdieing the final two holes in regulation and Stoelting birdieing No. 18 for a 66. Parks forced the playoff with her birdie on No. 18. "I hit my drive right into the bunker and didnt think I had a shot into the green," Parks said. "I knew if I hit a punch 4-iron fade I could get it out and leave myself a little short. It happened to roll on the green, which was awesome. I left my third putt a little short." She then made an 8-foot putt. "I drained the putt. It was clutch," Park said. "I think I threw a strong fist pump in there somewhere." The 28-year-old Stoelting, from Vero Beach, Florida, earned $9,007 to move from seventh to sixth on the money list at $44,787. Lacey Agnew and Lindy Duncan tied for third, a stroke back. Agnew shot 67, and Duncan had a 68. Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Disocunt Football Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '
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