Series (Game 1 of 1)

Vancouver leads 1-0

Game 1: Thursday, February 5th

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

Vancouver (30-15-7-3) at New Jersey (28-13-10-1) 7:30 pm EST

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Devils look to head into the All-Star break with a fourth consecutive home win as they host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

The Devils have won five of their last six games overall, including three in a row at Continental Airlines Arena.

On Tuesday, Jeff Friesen scored with 6:13 left in the third period to give the Devils a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Jamie Langenbrunner, playing his third game since returning from knee surgery, set up the goal.

Patrik Elias scored New Jersey's other goal and has seven goals and two assists in his last nine games.

All-Star Martin Brodeur made 23 saves against Ottawa to improve to 25-14-9. On Tuesday, Brian Rafalski was added to the Eastern Conference All-Star team to replace fellow Devils defenseman Scott Stevens, who is sidelined with a concussion. New Jersey's Scott Niedermayer also was voted to start the All-Star Game.

The Canucks have lost consecutive one-goal decisions following a five-game winning streak and are 2-1-0-1 on their five-game road trip.

Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists for Vancouver in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the New York Islanders. The Canucks allowed three straight goals before Henrik Sedin tied the score, 4-4, with 82 seconds left in the third period. Former Islander Trevor Linden received a double-minor for high-sticking with 57 seconds to go in the third and Adrian Aucoin put a one-timer past goaltender Johan Hedberg 36 seconds into the extra session.

Hedberg had 23 saves as the Canucks dropped to 19-1 when owning a lead after 40 minutes.

The Canucks have won the last three meetings with the Devils, including two here.