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Canucks Report - On to Dallas

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks


Alex Burrows continued his hot streak on Saturday, tallying his 11th goal in 14 games. Unfortunately Burrows was the only Canuck to slip the puck past Ilja Bryzgalov, who turned away 34 shots.

The Canucks fell 5-1 to the Coyotes in Phoenix, a disappointing start to their six-game road trip.

"It was a stinker, no doubt," said Willie Mitchell. "We threw up a stinker. Everyone is going to have off nights playing as many games as we do. But when you have 18 or 20 guys have an off night, you get that result. You've got to use it as motivation for the next game in Dallas.

"It gets your attention. It's embarrassing to lose like that, but it happens. You've got to use it for motivation, and we will."

The Canucks posted a perfect 4-0-0 homestand before the loss to the Coyotes, and remain in fifth position in the Western Conference with 85 points, two behind Chicago and three above Columbus.

"It was one of those games where anything that could have gone wrong went wrong," said Ryan Kesler. "We were standing still, took too many penalties. When you play a game like that, you really take a look at yourself and I don't think you go back to square one, but you take a step back and kind of realize how we have to play."

The team looks to bounce back from the ugly defeat with a solid effort against the Stars in Dallas on Tuesday night.

"In an 82-game schedule, sometimes these are going to happen," said head coach Alain Vigneault. "At the end of the day, this was a missed opportunity to us. It was there, but our game wasn't good enough. Obviously, this is not one that we wanted to go this way, but it did. We're going to have to deal with it and move on."
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