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Sundin, rejuvenated Canucks host Blues

St. Louis (15-21-3) at Vancouver (22-15-5), 10:00 p.m. EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Though Mats Sundin did

not fill up the scoresheet during his much-anticipated debut,

the Vancouver Canucks received a jolt of momentum heading into

their five-game homestand.

Coming off a convincing win, the Canucks hope Sundin can shake

off more rust from his high-profile, nine-month layoff when he

makes his home debut against the St. Louis Blues on Friday.

The 37-year-old Sundin, the Maple Leafs' career scoring leader,

left Toronto following last season after refusing a request by

the team at the trade deadline to waive the no-trade clause in

his contract. He then began a prolonged period of limbo in

which several teams had reportedly been interested in his


In the end, Vancouver that won the sweepstakes and benefited

from his presence on Wednesday, when it defeated the Edmonton

Oilers, 4-2. Sundin did not record a shot on goal in 15 minutes

of ice time.

Though Sundin attracted much of the spotlight, Steve Bernier

stole the show by scoring twice in a 12-second span and giving

the Canucks a lead they would not relinquish.

Prior to that victory, they had dropped two contests in a row.

St. Louis, meanwhile, recently enjoyed the rare distinction of

solving Columbus Blue Jackets rookie netminder Chris Mason. The

Blues, who are in last place in the Western Conference, thrived

on offense and posted a 5-2 victory on Saturday against Mason,

who had recorded shutouts in three of his previous four games.

Even with that win, the Blues are 3-10-0 in their last 13 games

and begin a three-game road swing in this contest.


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