Starved fans get a show

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

14,716 fans spent a sunny Sunday afternoon indoors watching the Vancouver Canucks' scrimmage at General Motors Place.

Trevor Linden scored twice while Fedor Fedorov had a goal and two assists to help Team Blue beat White 7-1.

Proceeds from the $5 tickets are going to the Canadian Red Cross' Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

"It's a special crowd here, that's for sure," said Canucks captain Markus Naslund. "Almost a playoff feeling when I came in. I just want to thank them for standing behind us."

Adam Keefe, Henrik Sedin, F.P. Guenette and Josh Green had the other Blue goals. Keefe's goal and Linden's second were on penalty shots, which were used instead of power plays.

"I'm hoping I can get into an exhibition game and show what I have to offer," said Keefe, who played for Kitchener in the Ontario Hockey League last season.

Brandon Nolan, at 5:31 of the second, was the only White goal scorer.

White goaltender Dan Cloutier allowed three goals in the first period.

Fans saw a demonstration of the NHL's new shootout tiebreaker. Naslund and Brendan Morrison gave White a 2-1 result.

The Canucks play their first exhibition game Wednesday in Edmonton against the Oilers. They return home to host the San Jose Sharks on Friday and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Saturday. Regular season opens Oct. 5 at GM Place against the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Canucks cut their roster to 50 after the scrimmage, sending defenceman Alexander Edler and right winger Jannik Hansen back to their Western Hockey League junior clubs.


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