CANUCKS REGROUP FOR SATURDAY
The Canucks boarded a plane for Calgary this morning, heading into a tough, two week road grind starting tomorrow with a rematch against the Flames, joined by their injured captain Roberto Luongo
. Out with a groin injury, Luongo will be traveling with the team and training with Canucks strength and conditioning coach Roger Takahashi.
Luongo’s leadership presence on this grueling stretch, seven-games in 14 days, will be a morale booster for the team looking to bounce back from their 4-3 loss to division rivals last night at GM Place.
Darcy Hordichuk scored his first goal of the season in yesterday's hard fought battle. Mason Raymond
tallied his first goal in 9 of games and Daniel Sedin
popped one in as well. Henrik Sedin
registered his 400th career point, assisting on Daniels’ goal, one game after his twin brother hit the milestone.
Even with scoring coming from everywhere the team was not able to match the Flames’ fourth goal.
Despite last night’s narrow loss the team continues to battle through adversity, and remain atop the Northwest Division, going 8-1-2 in their last 11 games.
After yesterday's game the players didn’t feel that they executed the disciplined defensive play that makes them successful. They will focus on getting back to that for this road trip.
"We didn't play a great game," said Daniel Sedin
. "We didn't work hard enough. Our power play was off. We were just throwing pucks everywhere. [The 5-on-3] could have won us the game. If we score there, it's a totally different game. We had the chances. You have to sharper when you get those chances.
"They just won every one-on-one battle."
The team practiced in Calgary this morning, re-evaluating their play and correcting their mistakes from last night.
"We gave up a lot more scoring chances than we have lately," said Mattias Ohlund. "We would have been lucky to get out of that game with a point. This was not our game and the way we need to play.
"[Sanford] made the stops. He gave us a chance to win it. We just gave up way too many chances."
The Canucks will need to simplify their game, capitalize on their power plays and match the Flames' tightened defensive play in tomorrow's rematch. The players look forward to the challenge of this tough road trip and believe they are prepared.
"[Long road trips are] a part of the business," said Ohlund. "We know we're going to do 41 away games, and when you do them doesn't really matter. We've had quite a few long trips so far, but once we get this one over we'll be at home for most of the next three or four weeks. I think guys are ready for it."
Head coach Alain Vigneault has not yet confirmed who will start in net tomorrow night as Luongo continues his rehabilitation. Curtis Sanford has been solid for the Canucks in goal, playing in five consecutive games. Moose goaltender Cory Schneider
, backing up Sanford will likely make his NHL debut on this trip as the team will play four games in six days.
Injured forward Steve Bernier, out with a bruised shoulder and foot, is expected to be back in the lineup for Saturday's game.OTHER NEWS:
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