Canucks Report - Canucks win in Hockeyville over the Islanders
A noticeable addition to the training camp sessions was Cody Hodgson, who has been skating in a smaller group, while he took time to heal from his back injury.
Hodgson appeared to have no pain, participating in the full skate with the group returning from Terrace. He has started to take contact - a positive sign for his return.
Hodgson will fly with the team to California but no word on if he will play.
CANUCKS DEFEAT THE ISLANDERS 2-1
The Vancouver Canucks opened their preseason with a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders Monday night in Terrace.
A lucky 1,100 people gathered inside the Terrace Sportsplex to see the game. But that doesn't mean the rest of the town missed out on the frenzy, a big TV screen was set up outside the arena in George Little Park, where hundreds more gathered to watch the live broadcast. In addition, they received a visit by Willie Mitchell and Kevin Bieksa, who did not dress in the preseason opener.
Twenty-three year-old Moscow native, Sergei Shirokov opened the scoring at 1:45 of the first with a power-play goal. He netted the Canucks go-ahead goal, which became the game-winner and deservedly named the game's first star.
"“Without a doubt, with Sergei you can see there’s a lot of upside to how he can find the net, find the holes,” said head coach Alain Vigneault following the game.
This is Shirokov's first NHL training camp after spending his career in Russia. He finished last season with 17 goals and 23 assists in 56 games with Russian hockey club CSKA Moscow.
Andrew Raycroft and Cory Schneider split the time between the pipes in Terrace. Raycroft started the game and Schneider came in midway through the second period, after a goal by Jim Sims for the Isles.
THE LINE-MATE SEARCH
The Canucks returned to the ice at UBC Tuesday morning with the non-playing group first in the morning.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin skated with Mikael Samuelsson during practice drills but as history shows, that doesn't mean it'll be the same once the season starts.
The Twins are familiar with Samuelsson, having been teammates during several World tournaments through the years.
“We played with him before [in championships and Winter Olympics]," said Daniel. "It seemed like we clicked right away a couple of years back. We’ll see. Lines are going to change, like it always has here, so for us it’s not a big deal.”
Finding that winger for the Sedins means finding someone who can quickly join into the cycle game - something they've become known for.
“Someone who can come in and play the way we want, not just be there for rebounds,” said Daniel Sedin. “[Alex Burrows] did a great job last year joining our cycle game and creating room for us. He’s one of those guys where right away it felt good. He reads us really well.”
The defensive pairings for group B at today’s practice:Salo-Ellington
VANCOVER CANUCKS OPEN PRACTICE TICKETS
Tickets for the Vancouver Canucks open practice go on sale September 19 at 12pm. Fans are invited to attend the open practice at General Motors Place on Saturday, October 10 at 11am. Doors open at 10am.
Get there early for an alumni game from 10am -11am and pre-practice festivities such as face-painting, air hockey and giveaways.
Tickets are available at noon, September 19 at Ticketmaster. for more infomation visit canucks.com/openpratice.