NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Colorado |
(Wednesday, March 3rd)
Final Score: Vancouver 5, Colorado 5
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Joe Sakic registered his 14th career hat trick
and Alex Tanguay tied a career-high with five points, helping Colorado skate
to a 5-5 tie with the Vancouver Canucks at the Pepsi Center.
Tanguay had a say in all five Avalanche goals, scoring twice and assisting on
all three tallies by Sakic, who also added a helper. Milan Hejduk had two
assists to round out the scoring for the team's top unit, which combined for
11 points although Colorado's winless skid increased to five games (0-2-2-1).
"We wanted to outwork them tonight," said Tanguay. "When things are not going
well, we find ways to dig ourselves a hole."
Vancouver received goals from five different players. Markus Naslund and
Brendan Morrison each notched a goal and two assists, while linemate Todd
Bertuzzi assisted on a trio of goals.
"We went head to head with their top line and it made for a really
entertaining game," Bertuzzi said.
The other three tallies were all scored by defensemen as Brent Sopel, Marek
Malik and Mattias Ohlund lit the lamp for the Canucks, who saw a three-game
win streak come to an end, but still remained unbeaten in four contests.
Colorado still leads Vancouver by one point for the Northwest Division lead.
Dan Cloutier turned aside 29 shots between the pipes for Vancouver in the
stalemate, while Colorado's David Aebischer faced just 24 shots on the night,
making 19 saves.
"I thought we battled real hard today," said Aebischer. "I am disappointed in
the way I played. I did not make any big saves. There were two goals tonight
that shouldn't have gone in and that was the difference."
Both teams had good scoring chances to take home the win in the extra frame.
After Rob Blake's wraparound attempt was stopped by Cloutier just over a
minute in, Steve Konowalchuk had two chances from in close just 20 seconds
later. His first shot was stopped, and the second was chipped wide by just a
About a minute later, Naslund missed the net from the left hash on a 3-on-1
rush after a feed by Bertuzzi.
Paul Kariya's blast with only 35 ticks remaining was gloved out of the air by
Cloutier for his sixth save in the overtime period.
The Canucks did not have a shot on goal during the extra session.
Leading 4-3 after two, Tanguay's 24th goal re-established the two-goal margin
just 1:20 into the third frame off a tremendous feed from Sakic on an odd-man
But the Canucks would not go away quietly, recording a pair of goals 1:42
apart to break even.
Malik, standing at the left post, backhanded home the rebound of a shot off
the stick of Morrison 6:08 in, and Naslund found Ohlund in the slot at 7:50
for the tying marker. With Tanguay in the box for tripping, Ohlund lingered
behind the defense on the weak side, and Naslund sent over a cross-ice feed
from the right circle for the easy tap-in.
"It was a great play by Markus," said Ohlund. "I just went to the net and
found an opening."
Sakic scored twice in an eight-minute span in the opening stanza to stake the
Avalanche to a 2-0 lead.
On the first, Tanguay dropped the puck back between his legs to Sakic, who
wristed one low to the stick side behind Cloutier from the slot. He netted his
27th of the season with 8:58 left when he skated out from the right boards and
beat Cloutier from the right circle.
Vancouver, down a man, answered just 3:05 later when Morrison skated down the
right wing and fired a shot against the grain that went over the blocker of
Aebischer inside the left post.
Sopel's ninth, on a wrister from the right hash with 1:20 left in the first,
evened the score at 2-2.
After Colorado received an early second-period goal from Tanguay when Travis
Brigley found him all alone on the doorstep, Sakic completed the trick off a
splendid feed from John-Michael Liles. Liles faked a shot and passed it over
to Sakic, who deftly angled his stick blade to roof the puck over Cloutier
8:19 in to make it 4-2.
Naslund netted his 31st of the campaign with just 54 ticks left in the stanza
to pull Vancouver within one heading into the third period.
Tanguay's other five-point performance (2g, 3a) also came against Vancouver on
January 18, 2001...It was Sakic's second hat trick of the season...The teams
combined for 18 minor penalties...Colorado was 1-for-8 on the power play while
the Canucks scored once in six chances with the extra skater.
03/04 01:18:23 ET