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1/13/2007 10:32:28 AM


(Sports Network) - Fresh off their first defeat in nearly three weeks, the Vancouver Canucks will attempt to rebound in tonight's showdown with the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.

Vancouver had posted seven consecutive victories, the club's longest streak in over four years, before being dealt a 5-2 defeat by Minnesota Thursday at General Motors Place.

Marion Gaborik had two goals and Brian Rolston scored once and assisted on two others as the Wild finally snapped their 11-game road slide and ended the Canucks' eight-game home win streak in the process. Taylor Pyatt and Willie Mitchell had the goals for Vancouver.

Two days after he was named as a Western Conference starter in the upcoming All-Star Game, Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo surrendered five goals on 38 shots.

Vancouver will be starting up a four-game road trip with tonight's contest and has won its last three games as the visitor. The team is 9-11-1 away from home this season.

Toronto comes in off a big 4-2 victory on the road over Eastern Conference frontrunner Buffalo on Thursday. Jeff O'Neill led the way with a two-goal performance, while Alexander Steen continued his strong play of late by registering a goal and an assist.

Steen now has compiled five markers and four helpers over his last four games.

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