EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Brothers Henrik and Daniel Sedin made sure the
Vancouver Canucks ended a three-game tour of the New York metropolitan area on
a positive note.
The red-hot twins set up goals for each other Thursday night, and the
Canucks avoided a winless tour of the area with a 4-0 victory over the New
``We've been working pretty good,'' Daniel Sedin said. ``We've played with
different linemates and it has just been clicking lately. We had chances before
but weren't able to put them in. It's a nice feeling now that we are.''
Daniel has three goals and seven assists in his last six games; Henrik has
two goals and six assists.
The twins have been playing so well opponents now have to worry about them
in addition to the top line of Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan
``They benefit from the fact that Morrison's line gets a lot of attention,''
Canucks coach Marc Crawford said. ``They don't get the top defensive pair.
There'll be a time in their careers where it's going to be them.''
Dan Cloutier stopped 24 shots in his third shutout of the season, and
Morrison and Trevor Linden added power-play goals. The Canucks head into the
NHL All-Star break with six wins in eight games.
The only two losses in that span came this week against the Rangers and an
overtime setback against the Islanders.
``The way we played tonight is good to see going into the break,'' Cloutier
said. ``The team played extremely well in front of me. It was one of the better
games we've played all year.''
Vancouver, wrapping up a five-game road trip, outplayed New Jersey so badly
that Devils fans were booing in the second period of what was only their second
loss in seven games.
``Until tonight we had been playing well for a while,'' acting captain Scott
Niedermayer said. ``We knew they would come in hungry after losing the last
couple of games on the road and we just didn't do enough to win the game.''
The Sedins combined with Mike Keane on a beautiful goal just 1:11 after the
opening faceoff. Keane sent the puck from behind the Devils' net to the right
sideboards. Daniel Sedin then made a quick cross-ice pass to his unguarded
brother for an easy shot into an open net.
Daniel Sedin got his goal at 3:51 of the second period. Henrik Sedin won a
faceoff, retrieved the puck and sent a shot toward goal. Defenseman Brian
Rafalski got a piece of the shot, but Daniel Sedin swooped in and slid the puck
past Martin Brodeur.
``It seems sometimes they don't look,'' said Devils defenseman Tommy
Albelin, a fellow Swede. ``They just throw it to an area and they know the
other guy is going to be there. It's pretty hard to defend against.''
Morrison got his 16th goal later in the period with a great move around
All-Star defenseman Niedermayer and a backhander past Brodeur.
Linden scored in the third period, seconds after the first of two Devils in
the penalty box returned to the ice. The point tied him with Stan Smyl as the
Canucks' all-time leading scorer with 673 points.
Cloutier had a lot of help in keeping his shutout. Linden cleared
Niedermayer's shot from the crease early in the third period and Ryan Kesler
cleared Mike Rupp's rebound later in the period.
Cloutier's best stop came in the first period on a shot in close by Jamie
``There are usually an awful lot of shutouts in here, but it's usually the
other guy,'' Cloutier said, referring to Brodeur.