San Jose (30-5-5) at Vancouver (22-16-5) 10:00 p.m. EST
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) — It has only been two
games, but the arrival of Mats Sundin has done nothing to help
the Vancouver Canucks.
Sundin looks to record his first point since returning to the
ice when the Canucks host the Western Conference-leading San
Jose Sharks on Saturday.
The 37-year-old center, Sundin signed a one-year contract on
December 18, returning to the NHL after debating retirement
during the offseason.
Sundin – who has averaged better than a point per game during
his 17-year career – was kept off the scoresheet in his debut
with Vancouver on Wednesday, a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton
In his first home appearance with the Canucks, Sundin cost his
team a chance for its second straight win when he was whistled
for slashing St. Louis Blues rookie defenseman Tyson Strachan
with 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the third period. The
infraction came less than two minutes after Daniel Sedin forged
a 4-4 tie with a power-play goal.
Just 20 seconds after Sundin was sent to the penalty box, Brad
Boyes fired a one-timer from the left faceoff circle past
goaltender Jason LaBarbera for his 19th goal, giving St. Louis
the lead en route to a 6-4 victory.
Captain Patrick Marleau scored a pair of goals and Brad Staubitz
netted his first career tally as the Sharks skated to a 4-1
triumph over the Oilers on Friday.
Devin Setoguchi recorded a goal and two assists and Evgeni
Nabokov made 25 saves for San Jose, which improved to 3-1-2 in
their last six games overall but just 2-2-3 in their last seven
on the road.