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.