Canucks prepare for long road trip

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks play six of their next seven games on the road, starting tomorrow night in St. Paul, Minn., against the Minnesota Wild.

The Wild will be looking for revenge after the Canucks' ugly 2-1 Saturday night win at General Motors Place.

Power play goals from Trevor Linden and Mattias Ohlund gave Vancouver its fourth win in five games. The Wild outshot the Canucks 29-18 and had two goals disallowed, including one by Pascal Dupuis in the second period. The puck appeared to hit Canucks' goaltender Roberto Luongo's mask across the goal line, but game-delaying video replay analysis at GM Place and the National Hockey League's Toronto control room were ruled inconclusive.

"If it's not for [Luongo] it's probably not a game," said Canucks' head coach Alain Vigneault. "We found a way to play one good period, that was the third."

Canucks are 17-16 (including a shootout loss), but remain second worst in NHL scoring with 76 goals - six more than the St. Louis Blues.

It was Minnesota's club record seventh consecutive road loss.

Canucks' road trip also includes a Thursday meeting in Boston with the Bruins. It will be Vancouver's only regular season game on the Atlantic coast.

Canucks play their final home game of 2006 on Dec. 27 against the Calgary Flames.


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