Canucks try to continue record run
The Vancouver Canucks look to extend their franchise-record unbeaten streak to 14 games Tuesday, when the Atlanta Thrashers visit GM Place.
Vancouver is 9-0-4 in its last 13 games, without a loss since falling to Detroit way back on January 24. The Canucks added to their unbeaten run on Sunday with a 7-2 shellacking of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Markus Naslund scored twice to become the league's first 40-goal scorer and added two assists in the win over Columbus. Todd Bertuzzi also finished with a pair of goals and two assists for the Canucks, who won their fourth consecutive game.
Brendan Morrison added a goal and three assists for Vancouver, while Mats Lindgren and Trevor Letowski also scored goals. Dan Cloutier made 24 saves in the winning effort.
Vancouver is unbeaten (4-0-2) in its last six home games to improve to 17-9-5 at GM Place. The Canucks are 4-0-0 versus the Southeast Division and 10-3-1 against the Eastern Conference.
The Canucks' unbeaten streak has helped them hold off the hard-charging Colorado Avalanche in the Northwest Division. Vancouver owns an eight-point advantage over the Avs.
Atlanta is headed in the opposite direction with just a 1-4-2 mark in its last seven contests. The Thrashers did manage to skate to a 3-3 tie with the Edmonton Oilers,
Yannick Tremblay and Dan Snyder scored third-period goals as Atlanta rallied to get a tie with Edmonton. Daniel Tjarnqvist also scored for the Thrashers in the deadlock. Dany Heatley posted a pair of assists in the contest as well.
Milan Hnilicka made 22 saves for Atlanta, moving to 1-10-1 between the pipes this season.
The Thrashers are winless (0-2-1) in their last three road tilts, falling to 9-16-2-2. Atlanta is 1-1-1-0 versus the Northwest Division and just 3-9-1-0 against the Western Conference.
Vancouver is unbeaten (2-0-1) in its last three meetings with Atlanta. The Canucks have won two straight at Atlanta.
with files from Sports Network