Sundin searching for first points with Canucks

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- It has only been two

games, but the arrival of Mats Sundin has done nothing to help

the Vancouver Canucks.

Sundin looks to record his first point since returning to the

ice when the Canucks host the Western Conference-leading San

Jose Sharks on Saturday.

The 37-year-old center, Sundin signed a one-year contract on

December 18, returning to the NHL after debating retirement

during the offseason.

Sundin - who has averaged better than a point per game during

his 17-year career - was kept off the scoresheet in his debut

with Vancouver on Wednesday, a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton


In his first home appearance with the Canucks, Sundin cost his

team a chance for its second straight win when he was whistled

for slashing St. Louis Blues rookie defenseman Tyson Strachan

with 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the third period. The

infraction came less than two minutes after Daniel Sedin forged

a 4-4 tie with a power-play goal.

Just 20 seconds after Sundin was sent to the penalty box, Brad

Boyes fired a one-timer from the left faceoff circle past

goaltender Jason LaBarbera for his 19th goal, giving St. Louis

the lead en route to a 6-4 victory.

Captain Patrick Marleau scored a pair of goals and Brad Staubitz

netted his first career tally as the Sharks skated to a 4-1

triumph over the Oilers on Friday.

Devin Setoguchi recorded a goal and two assists and Evgeni

Nabokov made 25 saves for San Jose, which improved to 3-1-2 in

their last six games overall but just 2-2-3 in their last seven

on the road.


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