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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Vancouver Canucks

Tuesday, 12.09.2003 / 7:00 PM

Associated Press

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GAME: Pittsburgh Penguins (6-15-4-1) at Vancouver Canucks (14-7-4-2).

TIME: Tuesday, 10 p.m. EST.

The Pittsburgh Penguins haven't been able to win much on the road this season, and it doesn't get any easier on the next stop of their trip.

Pittsburgh looks to snap a five-game losing streak away from home when it visits the Vancouver Canucks -- losers of just two of their 13 games at GM Place this season.

The Penguins lost 6-1 to the Calgary Flames on Saturday to fall to 0-3 on their five-game trip, which concludes Friday against the Atlanta Thrashers.

Pittsburgh, 2-10-1-1 on the road this season, has been outscored 21-10 in losing its last five games away from home. The Penguins have lost nine of their last 10 road contests.

"We haven't played that well in our own end against anybody," Penguins forward Steve McKenna said.

Tuesday's game could be the last for quite a while for Penguins 19-year-old goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. The top pick in the 2003 draft was loaned to the Canadian team for the world junior hockey championships.

Penguins general manager Craig Patrick said Sunday that Fleury will be in Kitchener, Ontario, on Thursday for the start of the junior team's training camp. The tournament is Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Helsinki, Finland.

Fleury, who is 4-9-2 with a 3.15 goals-against average, led the Canadian team to a silver medal in Halifax, Nova Scotia, last season.

The Penguins may be catching Vancouver at just the right time after it skated to a 1-1 tie with the Minnesota Wild on Saturday to extend its winless streak to a season high-tying three games.

The Canucks were lucky to earn a point as Trevor Linden scored the tying goal with 2:52 left in regulation.

"It's a test of patience and it's frustrating," Linden said. "They play us well and their goaltending always seems to play well against us. We just tried to tell ourselves to stick with our plan and keep executing our plan and that was just to get lots of shots and traffic."

The tie dropped the Canucks to 0-2-1 in their last three home games after they started the season 9-0-1 at GM Place.

2003-2004 season series
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Dec 09 '03PIT 3 at VAN 4 - OTM. Naslund
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