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Dwayne Roloson, replacing injured Dominik Hasek, recorded his second career shutout in leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

Veteran Randy Cunneyworth scored in the second period and Michal Grosek added an empty-net goal, as both teams tied records for fewest shots on goal. Buffalo outshot Vancouver 18-15 in breaking a seven-game road winless streak (0-5-2).

Buffalo's last win on the road was 4-0 against Florida.

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  • The shutout was the first by a Buffalo goalie other than Hasek since Grant Fuhr on April 1,1994. Hasek, missing his fifth consecutive start since suffering a groin injury, had recorded the last 34 shutouts by a Buffalo goalie.

    The 33 combined shots also tied each team's record for fewest shots in a regular-season game.

    Cunneyworth broke the scoreless duel with an unassisted goal at 3:26 of the second period. The 37-year-old winger picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, faked a slapshot and then beat Vancouver goaltender Garth Snow with a wrist shot to the short side.

    The goal was Cunneyworth's second of the season. His first goal of the season, Feb. 11 against Montreal, came 17 years after he had last scored for the Sabres.

    Roloson had to make only one save in the first period as Buffalo outshot Vancouver 7-1. Canucks center Darby Hendrickson tested Roloson with a hard 30-foot slapshot at the four-minute mark.

    Roloson preserved the shutout late in the game with a pair of saves off Vancouver winger Todd Bertuzzi.

    Buffalo right winger Matthew Barnaby played a regular shift for the Sabres after sitting out 11 consecutive games.

    The Canucks played without centers Mark Messier and Peter Zezel, right winger Alex Mogilny and defensemen Mattias Ohlund, Ed Jovanovski and Steve Staios, all out with injuries.

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