VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks found
the perfect cure for their rough road trip -- a home game and lots
Six different players scored as the Canucks dominated the
Buffalo Sabres 6-1 Monday night, their first game since a winless
three-game road trip.
"Our main goal tonight was to produce offensively," said
rookie Jason King, who led the Canucks with a goal and two assists.
"On the road trip we didn't put up the numbers we wanted to.
Coming here we had to jump out quick offensively."
King made sure Vancouver did exactly that five minutes in,
relaying Marik Malik's long outlet pass to Daniel Sedin, who scored
with a low wrist shot from the top of the circle.
"We came off a tough road trip where things didn't go the way
we wanted to so we had to come hard right off the start and get the
fans into it," King said.
Vancouver is perfect in three games at home, where they have
outscored the opposition 13-2.
On a night when their top line managed just two points, the
Canucks still gave a sellout crowd of 18,630 plenty to cheer.
Trevor Linden and Ed Jovanovski made it 3-0 before the period
ended, and King, Sami Salo and Brendan Morrison all scored in the
second. Dan Cloutier needed just 18 saves for his second win of the
"It's tough to stop when you get four lines involved in
scoring," said Canucks captain Markus Naslund, who had an assist.
Miroslav Satan spoiled Cloutier's shutout bid with a power-play
goal 6:25 into the final period to make the score 6-1.
"They did everything they wanted to do out there," Buffalo
defenseman Jay McKee said. "They skated they passed, they shot,
they played good defensively, We didn't control them anywhere. They
battled harder than us and they definitely deserved the game more
After Sedin opened the scoring, Linden made it 2-0 just over
seven minutes later, blowing past Brian Campbell down the right
wing and slipping the puck between Mika Noronen's legs before
knocking the Buffalo goaltender over.
Jovanovski scored from the slot late in the first period.
Noronen, who posted a shutout in his first start of the year
Saturday, was lifted in favor of Martin Biron to start the second
Salo and King both had tap-in goals on the power play in the
second, and Morrison was left alone in the slot for a one-timer
that made it 6-0 heading into the final period.
After managing just one goal in their last 26 chances, Vancouver
scored on its first two power plays. The Canucks finished
two-for-eight with the man advantage after sending out their third
and fourth lines for the last six power plays.
"We let the other guys have a crack at it," Vancouver coach
Marc Crawford said.
Canucks forward Brad May received a five-minute match penalty
for intent to injure after cross checking McKee in front of the
Buffalo net with 1:11 left. The penalty comes with an automatic
review by the league for possible suspension.
"I don't think he deserved a match penalty for that," said
McKee, who admitted to face washing May in the corner.
Noronen stopped just five shots. Biron finished with 18
saves. ... Vancouver C Mats Lindgren will be out until at least
early December after undergoing surgery Thursday to repair a disk
in his oft-ailing back. ... This was the third of a six-game
Buffalo road trip that is the longest in franchise history,
covering approximately 5,600 miles. ... Both teams entered the NHL
for the 1970-71 season and before Monday had split their
head-to-head series equally at 42-42-19.