VANCOUVER - Curtis Sanford made 18 saves for his fourth career shutout and first in nearly three years in the Vancouver Canucks' 3-0 victory over Ottawa on Sunday night, the Senators' 12th straight loss on the road.
Sanford stopped Daniel Alfredsson from point-blank range in the third minute, but was rarely challenged after that as the Canucks held Ottawa to its lowest shot total of the season. Sanford's last shutout was Jan. 23, 2006, for the St. Louis Blues against Vancouver.
Henrik Sedin and Pavol Demitra each had a goal and an assist and defenceman Alex Edler also scored for the Canucks, who snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 20-14-5.
With the world junior championship in Ottawa, the Senators played their third game on an eight-game road trip. The are an NHL-worst 3-11-2 on the road and have just one win their last six games overall.
Vancouver opened the scoring at 8:17 of the first period, taking advantage of Nick Foligno's poor clearing attempt. Demitra scooped up the loose puck and fed it the wide-open Sedin, who beat Martin Gerber for his fifth of the season.
Demitra made it 2-0 at 10:16 of the second period when he got behind the Ottawa defence and broke in alone on Gerber thanks to a beautiful pass from Daniel Sedin. Demitra fired a snap shot past Gerber from 20 feet out for his 11th of the season.
Vancouver made it 3-0 with just under three minutes left in the second period. Edler went end-to-end, finishing it off with a slap shot from just inside the blue line that beat Gerber on the stick side. Edler has three goals this season.
Notes: C Mats Sundin is expected to arrive in Vancouver on Monday. Sundin was originally supposed to arrive Saturday, but his departure from Sweden was hampered by weather-related flight delays. Sundin will practice with his new teammates for the first time Tuesday ... Vancouver LW Taylor Pyatt broke his right foot Friday night in a loss to Edmonton. He'll be out at least four weeks ... The Senators were without defencemen Anton Volchenkov (upper body) and Filip Kuba (groin) and centre Cody Bass (upper body) ... Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo, sidelined since Nov. 22 by a groin injury, will start skating on his own this week. It will be Luongo's second attempt at coming back. He aggravated the injury two weeks ago. The Canucks don't expect to have Luongo back before the all-star break ... The Senators resume their road trip on Tuesday in Edmonton (10 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet East, Team 1200).