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Vancouver Canucks (33-18-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (17-27-11), 7 p.m.
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BY SPORTS NETWORK
THE SPORTS NETWORK
They knew it was coming but now it is finally here.

The Vancouver Canucks kick off the longest road streak in NHL history tonight, a 14-game, 42-day trip sandwiched around the 2010 Winter Olympics. The first stop of that epic tour is Saturday night versus the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

The Canucks will play their next eight games on the road over 18 days before the NHL takes a break for the Olympics. With General Motors Place set to undergo some transformations to accommodate the Games, the Canucks will actually play another six games in a row on the road after the break and won't return home until March 13.

"It really helps that we've got it cut in two," Alex Burrows told Vancouver's Web site. "I think those first eight games are going to be hard, then we've got a little time to rest, then we go back at it, if you look at it that way, and that's the way I'm looking at it, it shouldn't be too bad."

The Canucks will miss GM Place for a couple reasons, one being their 23-7-1 record there after Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Blues completed a perfect four-game homestand for Vancouver.

The victory was also the Canucks' sixth in a row overall, a season high. They haven't won seven straight since December 26, 2006-January 7, 2007.

Christian Ehrhoff had the game-winning goal in Wednesday's win, while Mason Raymond scored twice and had an assist. Ryan Kesler assisted on all three goals and Roberto Luongo made 25 saves for Vancouver, which is 10-11-1 on the road this year.

The Canucks also hold a two-point lead over the Avalanche for first place in the Northwest Division as they look to extend a five-game winning streak tonight over the Maple Leafs. That includes a 3-1 home victory versus Toronto back on October 24. Raymond scored twice in that win, while Luongo made 35 saves.

Vancouver also recorded a shootout win at Toronto last year for its second win in a row at Air Canada Centre.

Meanwhile, Toronto lost its fifth straight game on Friday, but did earn a point for the second time during the slide as it was dealt an overtime loss in New Jersey. Travis Zajac scored a power-play goal with 45.5 seconds remaining in OT to lift the Devils to the 5-4 victory at Prudential Center.

The Devils squandered a two-goal lead late in regulation but were awarded a power play when Toronto defenseman Luke Schenn hooked Zajac with 1:08 left in the extra session. On the man advantage, Zajac positioned himself in the middle of the right circle and drilled a feed from Zach Parise past Maple Leafs goaltender Vesa Toskala.

Toronto forwards Alexei Ponikarovsky and Matt Stajan scored 3:30 apart late in the third period to force overtime. Carl Gunnarsson and Colton Orr also found the back of the net for the Maple Leafs. It was the first goal of Gunnarsson's career.

Toskala made 10 saves in relief of starting netminder Jonas Gustavsson, who surrendered three goals on 19 shots.

"It was a good result -- we came back into the game," Gustavsson said. "Myself, I wouldn't change. I felt like I was getting back into the game there with a couple saves in the second period. It was a good result, we came back into the game and that's what matters."

Tonight marks the first of two straight on home ice for Toronto, which is 9-11-5 as the host this year. The Leafs will welcome the Devils on Tuesday for the opener of a home-and-home series.

Toronto is last in the Northeast Division and 14th in the Eastern Conference with just 45 points on the year.



http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/hockey/hockey-wires/story/1454457.html

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Their going to be tried after this road trip. And anxious to play on their home ice.
 

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It'll be interesting to see how they do on this trip. The two positives to this trip are 1, your not flying to far in between most game. And 2, after this trip you have like 5 games at home so you can get some time to recuperate a sleep in your own beds.
 

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A poor game as a sad loss to the Tampa Bay l3-1.

Poor defence and a horrible pass that Wellwood gave up leading to the initial short handed goal.

Hopefully better game on Thursday..
 
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