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LaBarbera, Canucks shooting for back-to-back wins

Vancouver (21-15-3) at Atlanta (12-21-5) 7:30 p.m. EST

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- A repeat performance by Jason LaBarbera will

go a long way in helping the Vancouver Canucks win consecutive

games for the first time in more than two weeks.

The new Canucks goaltender is expected to be in net again when

Vancouver faces the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday.

LaBarbera, who joined Vancouver late Tuesday in a trade with the

Los Angeles Kings, made 31 saves in a 2-1 win over the Nashville

Predators Thursday.

With All-Star netminder Roberto Luongo and Curtis Sanford

sidelined with injuries, the Canucks acquired LaBarbera in

exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in 2009.

"I wanted to establish my position because I've had tough luck

against Nashville in the past so it was good for me to get that

win against them," said LaBarbera, a native of the Vancouver

suburb of Burnaby. "When the buzzer went off at the end of the

game, it was pretty amazing for me."

The Canucks are 3-4-0 in their last seven and have not won

back-to-back games since wins over Florida and Edmonton in


Atlanta has lost four straight games, including a 3-1 defeat to

Carolina Wednesday. Ilya Kovalchuk recorded his team-leading

37th point with the first goal of the game.

Kari Lehtonen and Johan Hedberg have alternated the last four

games in net. Hedberg stopped 43 shots in an overtime loss to

the Maple Leafs on Tuesday while Lehtonen gave up three

unanswered goals against the Hurricanes.


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