Canucks Finally Head Home, Month And A Half Long Journey Over

Ben CousinsCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 10:  Sami Salo #6 of the Vancouver Canucks skates with the puck past Wojtek Wolski #86 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Arena on March 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Canucks 4-3 in an overtime shootout.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The longest road trip in NHL history has finally come to a close. As the Canucks played their last game last night, a 4-3 SO loss in Phoenix.

The Vancouver Canucks, who had to leave Vancouver for the Olympics spent an astounding 42 days away from home ice. Probably just wanted to get home by overtime of last night's game.

The Canucks, who went 8-5-1 during the 14 game span, have to be happy for their performance. It could have been easy to give up and blame the trip.

In the long run, this trip does wonders. First of all, down the stretch the majority of their games will be played on home ice, a welcome change. Secondly, the success of this trip must have done wonders for their team's confidence on the road who were 10-11-1 on the road before the trip. This will help them greatly come playoff time.  And lastly, playing on the road for an extended period of time can make a team closer.

The Canucks will make their return against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. The crowd will surely be wild as ever, as it is the first game played their since the Men's gold Medal Final at the Olympics.

All in all, the 12,885 mile Olympic journey is over.