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NHL: 3 stories from Thursday night

01/09/2015 01:21 EST | Updated 03/10/2015 05:59 EDT
It was a night of reflection in the NHL.

Roberto Luongo made his highly anticipated return to Vancouver for the first time since being traded to Florida, while J.P. Parisé was honoured in Minnesota following his passing on Wednesday. 

Here are three stories from Thursday night:

Luongo returns to Vancouver, leaves with win

Roberto Luongo made 32 saves and was the first star of the game in his first return to Vancouver since being dealt to the Panthers just prior to the deadline last season. To make the return even sweeter, the Panthers earned a 3-1 victory over Loungo's former team of eight seasons. 

The netminder remains the Canucks all-time leader in wins (252) and shutouts (38). Luongo also achieved a milestone with the win as he now moves into a tie with Dominik Hasek for 11th all-time with 389 victories. 

The Canucks honoured Luongo with a video tribute during the first period and he showed his appreciation for the overwhelmingly warm reception from the fans. 

J.P. Parisé honoured in Minnesota

The Wild paid tribute to the former NHL forward prior to their home game against the Blackhawks.

Parisé, also known for nearly striking an official while playing for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series, died on Wednesday at the age of 73 after a year-long battle with lung cancer. 

His son Zach Parisé, a current player for the Wild, was excused from the matchup with Chicago, which won 4-2.

Earlier in the day, coach Mike Yeo and some of his teammates offerred their condolences.

Jets, Senators run into road blocks

Winnipeg had trouble generating offence in falling 4-1 to the Coyotes in Arizona. The Jets certainly had their chances, though, but were not able to capitalize on any of their seven power-play attempts. On the other hand, the Coyotes struck three times with the man advantage. 

Mathieu Perreault provided the only goal for Winnipeg late in the third period and Oliver Ekman-Larsson's maker in the first frame held up as the game winner for Phoenix. 

Mike Smith, who is just 7-16-2 on the season, made 34 saves to record the victory. 

The Senators also had a tough night on the road. Netminder Semyon Varlamov led the Avalance to a 5-2 victory with a 36-save performance. In his previous outing on Tuesday, Varlamov turned away 54 shots to record a 2-0 shutout over the Blackhawks. 

Jarome Iginla's second goal of the night for Colorado put the game out of reach early in the third period. 

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