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Not even Roberto Luongo can remember the last time he was in the zone quite like he is these days.

Luongo stopped 30 of 31 shots to backstop the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers Friday night at Philips Arena; the victory counts as Luongo’s NHL-leading 35th, while the win was the seventh consecutive on the road for the Canucks and franchise-high 24th away from home.

Vancouver’s 49th win of the year also pushed the Canucks to 107 points, a new franchise record.

Records are meant to be broken and with Luongo between the pipes, a new team-best in points will likely be re-written a few more times before this season is through.

Luongo was stellar throughout his 56th start of the year with 10 saves in the first and an even more impressive nine in the second period, a frame that saw Mason Raymond and Alex Bolduc score to give the Canucks a 2-0 lead.

In the third it was much of the same from Luongo, whose only blemish came on a breakaway goal against by Bryan Little with 5:30 remaining to spoil his shutout bid.

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