Canucks not done with record book

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:42 PM ET

The Canucks aren't done breaking records just yet.

With three games left in the regular season, Vancouver is well on pace to set another new club mark, this one a compliment to their team defence.

Not only are the Canucks one of the top offensive NHL teams this season, they have also flexed their defensive muscles, allowing a league-low 176 goals. Unless they give up a combined 18 goals in the remaining three games, the Canucks will likely best the previous low of 194 goals against in a single season set in 2003-04 Ė not including the shortened season of 1994-95.

The record comes as no surprise, considering the emphasis on team defence and strong goaltending.

"It's why we've had most of our success this year," said goaltender Cory Schneider, coming off his first loss in seven games. "When the whole team commits to a defensive style and it works, it gets very frustrating for other teams."

What makes the record even more impressive is the number of injuries suffered by the Canucks blueline. No defencemen has played a full season, and Christian Ehrhoff is the only one to appear in over 70 games.

"We've always played the same way," said Henrik Sedin. "It doesn't matter if we've got four guys missing back there or one guy, the focus has always been there."

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