BROWN FOR McIVER
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have acquired defenceman Nathan McIver from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for right wing Mike Brown. McIver will report to Manitoba.
McIver, 24, has spent the 2008-09 season with the Anaheim Ducks. In 18 games played, McIver registered one assist, was +2 and recorded 36 penalty minutes. Prior to joining the Ducks, the Summerside, PEI native was a member of the Vancouver Canucks.
In 18 games played with Vancouver, McIver recorded 59 penalty minutes. He also played a key role for the Manitoba Moose over the span of three seasons. Since 2005-06, the 6’3”, 205-pound defenceman has played in 172 games, recording 16 points (5-11-16) and 402 penalty minutes for Vancouver’s AHL affiliate.
McIver was drafted 254th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Brown, 23, dressed for 20 games this season with the Canucks had one assist and 85 penalty minutes. The Northbrook, IL native was also drafted by the Canucks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, in the 5th round, 159th overall.SMASHING THE STREAK
It was a dramatic ending to the Canucks slump. Alex Burrows made sure the team started off February on a high note, tallying his third shorthanded goal of the season with 1:22 minutes left in the third period, sealing the 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Canucks will be able to enjoy their day off today before they reconvene for two days of solid practice, followed by eight games in eight different cities (including one in Vancouver) in 15 days.
D-man Kevin Beiksa’s power play wrister opened scoring for the Canucks as it trickled past Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward. Kesler playing on a line with Mats Sundin and Pavol Demitra created a two goal cushion for the Canucks. It was Demitra's first game back after missing three with a sore groin.
The Carolina squad made a comeback, tying the game, but the Canucks continued to battle and Sundin, who was 79% in the face-off circle, put Vancouver up 3-2.
With the game tied 3-3 and Mattias Ohlund in the penalty box, Kesler beat Hurricanes defenceman Joni Pitkanen, freeing the puck to Burrows who with his signature move lifted the puck over Ward’s glove, sending GM Place into a frenzy. Burrows celebrated by pretending to break his stick over his bent knee, explaining afterwards that it was smashing the streak.
"The last few weeks, we found a way to lose and shoot ourselves in the foot, but tonight even though we got a penalty with less than three minutes to go, we found a way to get it done," said Burrows.
The Canucks struggled through January, but with last night's win jumped from 11th to 7th place in the Western Conference standings. Their next game is Saturday when the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Garage.