Shirokov show in Terrace

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The buzz: A special night in Terrace kicked off the Canucks preseason Monday as Vancouver defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 in the Northern B.C. town.

Shirokov show: Canucks rookie Sergei Shirokov definitely made a name for himself, scoring the Canucks only two goals of the night. The Russian winger opened the scoring with a powerplay tally early in the first period by putting home Aaron Rome's rebound. He scored his second, also off a rebound, just over nine minutes into the third period.

Dud lineup: There were no Sedin twins or Roberto Luongo on the roster sheet, as the Canucks brought a no-name lineup to Terrace. The most notable forward was Kyle Wellwood, while blueliners Kevin Bieksa and Willie Mitchell, who both joined the team on the trip, did not dress. On the other side, the Islanders did not send number one draft pick John Tavares, who was reportedly "sick".

Terrace: After winning the Kraft Hockeyville 2009 contest, Terrace received $100,000 for their hockey community, as well as being able to host an NHL game at the Terrace Sportsplex, which seated about 1,100 fans Monday night with a majority of those being kids. Many who couldn't get tickets sat outside to watch the game, which was being broadcasted on a large screen.

Half-half: Both goaltenders Andrew Raycroft and Cory Schneider took turns in net for the Canucks, as Raycroft started the game with a strong showing, allowing only one goal. Schneider, who came in halfway through the second period, was also solid and didn't let any pucks by him to earn the win.

Five minutes: It's not preseason without fights as players try to prove their toughness to team management. There were four brouhahas Monday as Rick Rypien dropped the gloves twice, while Ronald Petrovicky and Guillaume Desbiens also got into separate scraps.

Up next: It's back to a couple more days of training camp for the Canucks before another preseason game Thursday as they take on the Ducks in Anaheim.


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