NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Washington |
(Saturday, January 31st)
Final Score: Vancouver 6, Washington 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Markus Naslund, Trevor Linden and Sami Salo
each tallied a goal and an assist, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 6-1
pounding of Washington at the MCI Center.
Brad May, Wade Brookbank and Jarkko Ruutu also lit the lamp for Vancouver,
which has won five straight by a combined score of 22-10. Dan Cloutier made 15
saves in the win.
Robert Lang scored the lone Washington goal, as the Capitals had a two-game
winning streak snapped. Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig was peppered with 40
shots, and saved just 34.
The Capitals are 0-3 in their last three matchups with the Canucks and have
been outscored 17-2 in those games.
This one started out much the same, as Vancouver needed just 26 seconds for
its first goal. May scored his third on a rebound for the early 1-0 lead.
Washington came right back to tie it on Lang's 25th of the season just 50
seconds later, but the Canucks scored five unanswered goals to end the game.
Brookbank's first NHL goal, a rebound in the slot, gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead
at 7:54 of the second period. The Canucks then scored four straight power-play
Naslund's wrister from the right circle made it 3-1 at 13:32 of the second
period, and Linden's 5-on-3 tally at 19:19 gave Vancouver a 4-1 advantage.
"It helped to have our power play working and we really capitalized on the 5-
on-3," said Naslund. "When we take advantage of the power play, it is tough to
Ruutu tallied just 38 seconds later to make it a 5-1 game with just three
seconds remaining in the period, and Salo wrapped up the scoring with a slap
shot from the right circle just 1:24 into the third period.
"The two 5-on-3s made a huge difference, but I was more impressed with how we
played 5-on-4," said Vancouver coach Marc Crawford. We were very determined
with the puck."
Vancouver now has a league-leading 16 wins on the road.
Magnus Arvedson, who had two goals in each of Vancouver's last two games, left
the game in the first period with a right knee injury...The Canucks have
won three straight, and six of the last eight meetings with
Washington...Naslund and Lang entered the game tied for the NHL lead
with 61 points, but Naslund's two-point performance has given him a one-
point lead over Lang.
02/01 01:32:11 ET