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Canucks go for eight in a row

Thursday, 01.06.2011 / 7:12 PM / Schedule

NHL.com

The Vancouver Canucks are on top of the overall standings for the first time in nearly seven years thanks to a seven-game winning streak. They’ll try to make it eight in a row when they host the Edmonton Oilers at 10 p.m. ET in one of seven games on Friday’s NHL schedule.

Win No. 7 came on Wednesday night, when the Canucks survived a 44-shot barrage by Calgary in a 3-1 win at home. The slumping Oilers are last in the Western Conference.

The action starts with a pair of games at 7:30 p.m. ET when the Atlanta Thrashers try for their third win in a row as they host the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Thrashers return home after a 3-2 win at Florida on Wednesday. The Panthers are home again to face Carolina, which lost 2-1 in overtime at New York on Wednesday.

Two more games start at 8:30 p.m. Chicago tries to bounce back from a 4-2 home loss to Dallas on Wednesday when it hosts Ottawa in a game that can be seen in Canada on RDS. The Senators have been off since losing 5-1 to Toronto on Saturday. Also at 8:30, the Pacific Division-leading Stars return home for a visit from the Rangers.

A half-hour later, Detroit continues its tour of Western Canada with a visit to Calgary. The Wings started their trip on Tuesday with a 5-3 win at Edmonton on Tuesday.

The final game of the night begins at 10:30 when the Columbus Blue Jackets visit Anaheim. The Jackets had a couple of days off after Tuesday’s 4-2 loss at Phoenix, while the Ducks lost 4-1 at home to Nashville on Wednesday.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the OT winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round