Series (Game 1 of 1)

New York leads 1-0

Game 1: Tuesday, March 16th

Islanders 5

(29-32-9, 67 pts)

Canucks 2

(43-24-3, 89 pts)

10:00 PM ET, March 16, 2010

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1 2 3 T
NYI 2 2 15
VAN 0 2 02

J. Tavares (Islanders - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 3

M. Streit (Islanders - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

K. Wellwood (Canucks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Islanders-Canucks Preview


The Vancouver Canucks lead the NHL in third-period comebacks, but they are also getting used to playing while ahead -- especially at home.

Another strong start could be in order Tuesday night when the Canucks face the last-place New York Islanders, who haven't won on the road in more than two months.

Vancouver (43-23-3) has won a league-best 10 times after trailing in the third period -- five coming during an NHL-record stretch of 14 consecutive road games necessitated by the Olympics.

The Canucks, holding a five-point lead in the Northwest Division, went 8-5-1 over that span despite falling behind in 11 of those games.

They have not needed any rallies since returning to GM Place.

Vancouver did all of its scoring in the first 16:26 and beat Calgary 3-1 on Sunday. A night earlier, the Canucks scored three times in the second period and overpowered Ottawa 5-1 to open a five-game homestand -- their first home games since Jan. 27.

"It's really tough to come back in this league," said center Henrik Sedin, who scored in the first period Sunday after setting up Daniel Sedin's goal 1:13 into the game. "We really got our legs going, came out of the gates strong. I don't know if it's the crowd, just being back home, or what it is, but we seem to create a lot of chances early and got the first goal two games in a row."

Henrik Sedin, whose career-high 93 points are three shy of league leader Alex Ovechkin's total, has three goals and seven assists during a five-game point streak. He managed five assists in the previous 10 contests.

Daniel Sedin, who assisted on his brother's goal Sunday, is also enjoying a scoring surge with three goals and 13 assists during a 10-game run. However, both Sedins are being topped by Ryan Kesler, who owns the longest current point streak in the NHL at 13 games -- a career high.

Kesler has six goals and nine assists during that span.

While offense has been abundant for Vancouver, Roberto Luongo has provided stellar play in net, winning seven home starts in a row with a 1.72 goals-against average.

Luongo is 1-0-1 against the Islanders (28-32-9) -- who drafted him fourth overall in 1997 -- with a 1.39 GAA since joining the Canucks for the 2006-07 season.

The loss came in the teams' most recent matchup, 2-1 in a shootout at Nassau Coliseum on Nov. 17, 2008. Luongo made 34 saves but was bested by Joey MacDonald, who stopped 31 shots.

Vancouver has taken seven of eight meetings at GM Place, though, winning the latest meeting there 3-2 in a shootout Jan. 8, 2008.

The Islanders are trying to end an eight-game road skid, during which they have been outscored 11-3 in the first period. They have not dropped nine in a row on the road since a 14-game slide from Nov. 28, 2008-Jan. 8, 2009.

New York, however, enters its four-game trip with some momentum. Eight Islanders scored as the club beat Toronto 4-1 on Sunday and New Jersey 4-2 the previous night.

"We feel like we owe each other results and consistency," said Martin Biron, who stopped 26 shots Sunday. "When you play with the attitude and dedication we have right now, you have that sense you're going to play well."