Final

Series (Game 1 of 1)

Vancouver leads 1-0

Game 1: Thursday, February 5th
Canucks4Final
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Canucks 4

(31-15-3, 72 pts)

Devils 0

(28-14-1, 67 pts)

7:30 PM ET, February 5, 2004

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey

1 2 3 T
VAN 1 2 14
NJ 0 0 00

H. Sedin (Canucks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

D. Sedin (Canucks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

D. Cloutier (Canucks - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: 1.000

Canucks' Cloutier nets third shutout

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Brothers Henrik and Daniel Sedin made sure the Vancouver Canucks ended a three-game tour of the New York metropolitan area on a positive note.

The red-hot twins set up goals for each other Thursday night, and the Canucks avoided a winless tour of the area with a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

"We've been working pretty good," Daniel Sedin said. "We've played with different linemates, and it has just been clicking lately. We had chances before but weren't able to put them in. It's a nice feeling now that we are."

Daniel has three goals and seven assists in his last six games; Henrik has two goals and six assists.

The twins have been playing so well opponents now have to worry about them in addition to the top line of Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison.

"They benefit from the fact that Morrison's line gets a lot of attention," Canucks coach Marc Crawford said. "They don't get the top defensive pair. There'll be a time in their careers where it's going to be them."

Dan Cloutier stopped 24 shots in his third shutout of the season, and Morrison and Trevor Linden added power-play goals. The Canucks head into the NHL All-Star break with six wins in eight games.

The only two losses in that span came this week against the Rangers and, in overtime, against the Islanders.

"The way we played tonight is good to see going into the break," Cloutier said. "The team played extremely well in front of me. It was one of the better games we've played all year."

Vancouver, wrapping up a five-game road trip, outplayed New Jersey so badly that Devils fans were booing in the second period of what was only their second loss in seven games.

"Until tonight, we had been playing well for a while," acting captain Scott Niedermayer said. "We knew they would come in hungry after losing the last couple of games on the road, and we just didn't do enough to win the game."

The Sedins combined with Mike Keane on a beautiful goal just 1:11 after the opening faceoff. Keane sent the puck from behind the Devils' net to the right sideboards. Daniel Sedin then made a quick cross-ice pass to his unguarded brother for an easy shot into an open net.

Daniel Sedin got his goal at 3:51 of the second period. Henrik Sedin won a faceoff, retrieved the puck and sent a shot toward goal. Defenseman Brian Rafalski got a piece of the shot, but Daniel Sedin swooped in and slid the puck past Martin Brodeur.

"It seems sometimes they don't look," said Devils defenseman Tommy Albelin, a fellow Swede. "They just throw it to an area and they know the other guy is going to be there. It's pretty hard to defend against."

Morrison got his 16th goal later in the period with a great move around All-Star defenseman Niedermayer and a backhander past Brodeur.

Linden scored in the third period, seconds after the first of two Devils in the penalty box returned to the ice. The point tied him with Stan Smyl as the Canucks' all-time leading scorer with 673 points.

Cloutier had a lot of help in keeping his shutout. Linden cleared Niedermayer's shot from the crease early in the third period and Ryan Kesler cleared Mike Rupp's rebound later in the period.

Cloutier's best stop came in the first period on a shot in close by Jamie Langenbrunner.

"There are usually an awful lot of shutouts in here, but it's usually the other guy," Cloutier said, referring to Brodeur.

Game notes


Devils D David Hale missed the game with a sprained knee. ... This was the only regular-season game between the teams this season. The Canucks have won four straight vs. New Jersey and five of six. ... New Jersey is 0-for-15 on the power play in its last four games, including 0-for-2 against the Canucks. Vancouver was 2-for-3 with the extra skater.

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