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A Night With The Stars

Wednesday, 03.01.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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A Night With The Stars

JAN.03.07
D-LIGHTFUL

 
The Canucks are coming home with their longest winning streak of the season, after taking one from the Flames last night in Calgary.

They have now won four straight, all of which are against divisional opponents and three against Calgary.

The Canucks host the Stars for their third meeting of the year. The teams split a pair of 2-1games, each taking one at home.

The Stars have had two days off after a loss to San Jose, while the Canucks are playing back-to-back games with some momentum.

"I think the way we're playing right now," said Alex Burrows. "We're a really confident group. I think that everybody is contributing right now, everybody's bringing something to the table every night and we have to keep doing that."

Dallas comes into tonight's game second in goals against and shots against, which prove to be a challenge to the 29th ranked Canucks in goals per game.

However, forwards Brenden Morrow, Eric Lindros, and Mike Modano are all sidelined with injuries, it's Dallas' blueline the Canucks should watch out for.

"I think their top two scorers are D-men so we just have to worry about them and play a confident disciplined game and we'll be fine," said Ryan Kesler.

"They're a really dangerous team," says Burrows. "I think they have a lot of fire power, especially on the backend with Zubov and Boucher playing really good for them right now and scoring a lot of points."

Philippe Boucher leads the team in scoring with 12 goals and totaling 29 points this season. Sergei Zubov is not far behind with 27 points (7-20-27).


EYEING TONIGHT

Jeff Cowan, who played only 2:02 in his first game in a Canuck uniform skated this morning. He left the game on Saturday after his scrap with Jean-Francois Jacques but his progress is looking positive.

"The eye's great, it swelled up on me, swelled shut but it's starting to open up now. It looks good so hopefully I can return tonight and if not today, then tomorrow."

Cowan could play at GM Place as a Canuck as early as today and is just happy to be here so that he can contribute doing what he does best.

"When you come on waivers like that, you tend to never know what's going to happen and I'm very exited to get picked up by Vancouver. I just want to help this team as much as I can."

"I'm sure he just wants me to bring energy to the club and just go out there and work hard every shift."

"It's good to see Jeff here," said Burrows. "He's going to bring a lot of grit and toughness to us here. I think he's a great addition to the club."


NO REPLAYS

Burrows, finally gets his first of the season after countless replays and disallowed goals in previous games. The goal ends his 47 game goalless streak.

"It's finally nice to get one and I'm happy that we got the win."

"It should be I think his fifth goal now - he's had a couple taken away - but it's good we all knew it would come for him," said Kesler.

This time there was no argument but maybe just a glance over at the refs for a replay of some sort?

"Not this time. I think that one was a goal and I was pretty sure it was and I was pretty surprised to finally get one. I'm really happy with the outcome of the game too."

The goal was the game winner seeing the Canucks beat the Flames for the fourth time in a row 3-2.