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Canucks Top Blues 2-0, Stay Atop NHL Standings
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Alex Burrows' early third-period goal gave Vancouver the lead, and the Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues 2-0 on Thursday night in a showdown for first place in the NHL.

Chris Higgins added an empty-net goal in the final minute for the Canucks (41-16-8), who with 90 points have a three-point lead over St. Louis (40-18-7) and Detroit in the Western Conference.

Vancouver's overall lead in the NHL is two points over the New York Rangers, who have played three fewer games.

Roberto Luongo registered his third shutout of the season, making 29 saves for the Canucks, who ended St. Louis' four-game winning streak, all on the road.

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