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Friday, October 31st (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (5-2-2-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (3-3-3-0), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks try to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games this evening as they wrap up a brief two-game road trip in Phoenix against the Coyotes at America West Arena.

Last night the Canucks improved to 4-0-2 over their last six, as Dan Cloutier turned aside 37 of the 38 shots he faced in Vancouver's 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

Mattias Ohlund, Daniel Sedin and Brendan Morrison all scored for the Canucks, who picked up their first win away from home this season (1-2-1-0).

Vancouver also matched a team-record by scoring the first goal of the game for the 10th straight game. The Canucks also scored first in 10 straight games in January 2002. They are tied with the 1984 Calgary Flames for the second- longest streak to begin a season. Philadelphia scored the first goal in each of its first 12 games in 1985.

Morrison extended his points streak to six games and has two goals and six assists in that span. Todd Bertuzzi, though, who signed a four-year, $28- million contract extension on Sunday, has not scored in nine straight games since lighting the lamp on opening night.

Following tonight's game Vancouver will return home to face the Detroit Red Wings before starting another two-game road swing.

Phoenix, meanwhile, skated to its third straight tie on Tuesday after Branko Radivojevic scored the equalizer early in the third period lifting the Coyotes to a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Blackhawks at America West Arena.

Chris Gratton also scored for the Coyotes, who are 0-3-3 in six games after opening the season with three wins. Zac Bierk made 26 saves for Phoenix.

Sean Burke, who is 0-2-1 over his last three outings, is expected to be back in net tonight. The veteran netminder has allowed 13 goals during his winless streak.

The Coyotes tied it on Radivojevic's second goal at 6:43 of the third. Mike Sillinger worked the puck into the Chicago zone along the right wing and fed a pass to Radivojevic, who was trailing the play. Radivojevic skated alone down the slot between defenders and backhanded a shot past the stick of Jocelyn Thibault.

Phoenix has killed off 17 of its last 18 shorthanded situations.

Vancouver skated to a tie earlier in the year with the Coyotes, but the home team in this series is 8-1-3 over the last 12 meetings. The Canucks are 4-0-2 in the last six clashes, but are just 1-4-2 in their last six visits to the desert.

10/31 11:15:13 ET


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