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Roberto Luongo, Andrew Raycroft.

Willie Mitchell, Christian Herhoff, Shane O'Brien, Alexander Edler, Brad Lukowich, Evan Oberg.

Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Alex Burrows.

Mason Raymond, Ryan Kesler, Mikael Samuelsson.

Jannik Hansen, Kyle Wellwood, Tanner Glass.

Darcy Hordichuk, Alexandre Bolduc, Rick Rypien.


--LW Alex Burrows was named the NHL's first star for last week after recording back-to-back hat tricks and extending his point streak to five games with an assist in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to Calgary. Burrows added two more goals Monday, giving him nine in the last five games, which is part of an even longer run of excellence with linemates Daniel and Henrik Sedin. In the nine games before Monday's game against Nashville, the Canucks trio had combined for 17 goals and 29 assists for a whopping 46 points, dominating opponents for prolonged stretches while tormenting defenders and goalies. "You go out there and it seems like nothing can go wrong really," Burrows said.

Unfortunately it did later, as Burrows and Henrik Sedin were both in the penalty box when Nashville's Shea Weber scored the winning goal with 4:03 left Monday. That prompted Burrows to blast referee Stephane Auger, saying he targeted him personally, which could result in a suspension.

--C Henrik Sedin extended his point streak to 10 games with an assist on the first of Alex Burrows' two goals in Monday's 3-2 loss to Nashville. Sedin started the streak, which now includes five goals and 14 assists, just one game after having an earlier nine-game streak snapped. He leads the NHL with 63 points.

--D Sami Salo returned against Nashville on Monday after missing Saturday's game because his left eye, cut by a teammate's stick in Thursday's game, was too swollen to see properly. The oft-inuured Salo, who anchors the power play and penalty kill, has been playing better of late with a goal and two assists his last two games after an uncharacteristically struggling with just two assists in his first 19 games.

"My eye was completely shut down the last couple of days, and we were just waiting for it to open up," said Salo, sporting a black eye but still not wearing a visor despite suffering a serious injury just below the eye two seasons ago. He tried one then but wasn't comfortable.

--RW Daniel Sedin recorded two assists in Monday's 3-2 loss to Nashville, giving him 500 career points. It also extended his points streak to six games (three goals and eight assists) on a top line with twin brother Henrik and Alex Burrows that has 46 points the past 10 games.

--D Evan Oberg was sent back to Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Sunday after making his NHL debut the night before against rival Calgary. Oberg, who was called up after injuries to both Sami Salo and Aaron Rome, was sent back down with Salo ready to return against Nashville on Monday. The 21-year-old first-year pro played just 5:24 in a fast, physical showdown for the Northwest Division lead before going back to Manitoba, where he led the defense in scoring with one goal and 12 assists in his first 33 pro games. He didn't have to go far, as Manitoba is playing an hour outside Vancouver on Tuesday and Wednesday against Calgary's affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat.

--RW Mikael Samuelsson had his point streak stopped at seven games after being blanked by Nashville on Monday. Samuelsson had five goals and two assists in the streak, which started when he was left off the Swedish Olympic team he helped win gold four years earlier. That prompted Samuelsson to tell off Swedish officials and start scoring again after going 14 games without a goal.


--LW Steve Bernier, who has 10 goals despite a limited role this season but hasn't recorded a point in seven games, tweaked his groin trying to outrace a Calgary defender on a partial breakaway in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Flames. He didn't play Monday against Nashville, and he is listed as day-to-day.

--D Aaron Rome missed a second game Monday after suffering a mild concussion in Thursday's 4-0 win over Phoenix. He isn't expected back before the weekend.

--C Ryan Johnson (foot) skated for the first time Monday since he was hurt in late December. He is listed as day-to-day now instead of week-to-week.

--C/RW Pavol Demitra has resumed full practices as he continues to rehabilitate from a shoulder injury that has kept him out all season.

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