The Vancouver Canucks are actually on a winning streak.

It has been a while and of course that streak is going to have to get much longer if the Canucks are to beat very long odds and grab a Western Conference playoff spot.

A 4-2 decision Sunday night over the last-place Buffalo Sabres at Rogers Arena was Vancouver’s second straight win. The Canucks hadn’t put back-to-back wins together since beating a couple of other NHL juggernauts -- Calgary and Edmonton -- on Jan. 18 and 21.

The night was not all good for the Canucks, who lost captain Henrik Sedin with an apparent left leg injury late in the second period. Henrik had been honoured in a pre-game ceremony for recently playing his 1,000th NHL game.

Sunday night’s win moved the Canucks to within three points of eighth-place Phoenix in the Western Conference. The Coyotes have two games in hand and the Canucks also trail ninth-place Dallas by a single point. The Stars have three games in hand on Vancouver.

The Canucks are channeling their inner Jim Carrey -- “so you’re telling me there’s a chance” -- and are not ready to give up on their season.

“This is a start,” said defenceman Kevin Bieksa. “We have been playing good lately but we need the results and we are getting the wins the last couple. This is an important stretch for us. We are not out of it yet. We got some help from Boston of all teams last night (when the Bruins beat the Coyotes) and we’re looking for some more help down the stretch.”
The next two games -- on the road Wednesday in Minnesota and Thursday in Colorado -- should tell us if the Canucks do indeed have more than a snowball’s chance of reeling in the two teams ahead of them in the West.

“We couldn’t look by this game, but this back-to-back coming up obviously is a very important time for us when we go on the road and play two pretty good teams,” coach John Tortorella said after the game. “Certainly no disrespect to Buffalo, but they are not as good as those teams we are playing against.

“But we needed to give ourselves a chance to see what we’ve got when we get on the road. You lose this game and you shoot yourself in the foot.”