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Canucks Report - Home from the road

Thursday, 12.03.2009 / 5:09 PM / Features
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Canucks Report - Home from the road

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HOME FROM THE ROAD

The team returned to Vancouver today after a two-game road trip to California.

Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler both tallied their 20th goals of the season in last night's game against the Ducks. Kyle Wellwood also registered on the scoresheet, after going 21 games without a goal, but it wasn't enough to get the win, as the Canucks lost 4-3 in overtime.

"You always want to end up getting the two points and we didn't," said Wellwood. "If we look at the teams we're playing, they're all fighting for a playoff spot. They need every point and it's up to is to make sure we distance ourselves from them."

The players are already focusing their attention on Friday's game against the L.A. Kings at GM Place.

The Canucks improved their special teams, killing 6-of-6 penalties in Anaheim. While their power play didn't register a point, it did generate multiple scoring chances.

"Every point is important, especially at this time of year, but every game you want to get the two points," said Kesler. "We're not happy. Obviously our power play needs to be better and we need it to start winning us games. Once we get that going, we're going to be a scary team again."

CANUCKS AND MOOSE

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have renewed their affiliation agreement with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League through 2011-12.

“We have enjoyed a great relationship with Manitoba over the past eight years and are pleased to announce our renewed affiliation,” said Lorne Henning, Vancouver Canucks Vice President, Player Personnel & Assistant General Manager. “The Manitoba Moose have played a large part in developing a number of Canucks, including the likes of Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler. The two organizations have worked closely to ensure our goals are one in the same and we are very proud to continue to develop this strong relationship.”

The Manitoba Moose franchise was established in 1996 after being relocated from St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2001 Manitoba joined the AHL and became affiliated with the Canucks. Under the direction of Head Coach Scott Arniel, the Moose are currently first in the North division and lead the entire league in points (91).

The Canucks and Moose originally announced their partnership June 5, 2001.

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