Lining up for Duck action

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

COLWOOD, B.C. -- The Canucks' first game against players wearing a different uniform is against the Anaheim Ducks - the team that eliminated them in the second round of playoffs last spring en route to winning the Stanley Cup.

Big deal, says Brendan Morrison.

"I'll be honest, a lot of guys aren't going to be going through the wall in the first exhibition game," Morrison said.

Adversarial feelings will be reserved for regular season play. Veterans want to get in sync while prospects want to get noticed as they compete for jobs. Ex-Duck Ryan Shannon will align himself with the latter group. Regardless of the scenario, he wants to perform well against his ex-teammates.

The Canucks wrapped up the three-day training camp Saturday afternoon at Bear Mountain Arena in the Victoria suburb of Colwood. The team stayed in nearby Langford at Bear Mountain Resort, a high-end, golf course-centered development spearheaded by ex-NHLer Len Barrie.

Before yesterday's scrimmage, Vigneault reduced the roster to 45 when he assigned right-wingers Marc-Andre Bernier and Colby Genoway and centre Mario Bliznak to the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose.

Meanwhile, Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre went silent with 3:56 left in the first of three 25-minute real time periods when Brad Isbister's slap shot felled Roberto Luongo.

"It's always scary at first when it happens, you're not too sure what's going on for the first few seconds," said Luongo, who had a welt larger than a toonie on the left side of his lower neck.

Luongo said he would practice today. Head coach Alain Vigneault said backup Curtis Sanford would start tonight's exhibition game with the Anaheim Ducks.

In another injury scare, hard-shooting defenceman Sami Salo was fitted with a cast on his hand after injuring his wrist yesterday. His wrist will be reevaluated today to determine whether it has been broken. 


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