Canucks' on road to ruin

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:57 AM ET

Some teams are road warriors, others are road kill.

You can get a pretty good idea which category the Vancouver Canucks fall into by the tire tracks across their backs.

An awe-inspiring 11-1 at home, the Canucks have just five wins in 15 games on the road, counting last night's 5-3 disappointment at Rexall Place.

"We have to take pride in the fact that when we come into an other team's building we give an all-out gutsy effort,'' said Vancouver coach Marc Crawford, who didn't get one.

"If you were to break the game down you'll see that the team that worked the hardest won. That's disappointing to us because our goal was to answer the bell here in a very tough building in a back-to-back setting.''

The Canucks, who've scored six goals and given up 13 in their last three road games, all losses, realize they can't survive a season on home cooking.

"We enjoy playing at home, the fans are great,'' said former Oiler Josh Green, who opened the scoring against his old team 18 seconds into the game.

"But (road wins) is something we definitely need to work on. To win in the playoffs and at this level you have to be good on the road.''

They're not. At least not enough of them were last night.

"We have to push ourselves to be better. We had some guys with decent efforts tonight, but not enough,'' said Crawford.

"We got off the start we wanted, we got the goal we wanted and played really well, but we had some huge mistakes.''

Vancouver big guns, Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi, checked into a standstill. If Bertuzzi was as quick and determined on the ice as he was in ducking the post-game media, he might have been a factor.

"They're a strong team and if you let them play their game they'll beat you,'' Naslund said of the Oilers.

"I don't think we worked hard enough to get those ugly goals. It came down to work ethic. They worked harder and they beat us.''

A.C. SEES A-OK:

Former Oiler Anson Carter was questionable for last night's game after taking a stick in the corner of his right eye Wednesday against Colorado.

But he donned a visor, played 12 minutes and scored his eighth of the season.


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