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
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.