The Vancouver Canucks shoot for their fourth consecutive win tonight when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center.
The Canucks have won three-in-a-row, including Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Rangers in the opener of a brief two-game road trip. Matt Cooke, playing in his first game in six weeks, scored the go-ahead goal with 4:31 remaining to lift Vancouver. Cooke hadn’t played in a game since October 29 due to a fractured jaw he suffered during practice.
Philadelphia, meanwhile, has won two straight games, and three of the last four. On Tuesday, Robert Esche returned from a groin injury and stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced, as the Flyers defeated Columbus, 3-1, at Nationwide Arena. Esche had not seen action since late November with the ailment but was often the best player on the ice, allowing just one goal despite facing eight power plays and two 5-on-3’s.
If NHL players say they don’t care about the Todd Bertuzzi incident anymore, then why should you?
Bertuzzi, who tonight makes his first appearance in Philadelphia since the much-documented on-ice assault case involving Colorado’s Steve Moore on March 8, 2004, still hears it from the stands just about everywhere he plays.