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NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at NY Islanders



(Tuesday, February 3rd)

Final Score: NY Islanders 5, Vancouver 4 (OT)

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Adrian Aucoin scored a power-play goal just 36 seconds into overtime, lifting the New York Islanders to a 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders scored three times in a span of just over two minutes late in the third period to rally from a two-goal deficit and take the lead, only to watch Vancouver come back and tie it.

Mariusz Czerkawski and Michael Peca keyed the late Islander burst with a goal and two assists apiece. Arron Asham also scored in the surge for New York, which has won two straight and is 4-1-1 in its last six.

Rick DiPietro made 21 saves and Dave Scatchard also scored in the victory.

Daniel Sedin posted a goal and two assists for Vancouver, while brother Henrik added a goal and an assist. Martin Grenier and Wade Brookbank also scored, and Johan Hedberg finished with 23 saves.

The Canucks, who dropped a 4-3 decision to the New York Rangers on Monday, have lost two straight after winning five in row. Vancouver is 2-1-0-1 on a five-game road trip that ends Thursday in New Jersey.

Trevor Linden was whistled off for high-sticking in the final minute of regulation and the Islanders cashed in with a 4-on-3 skating advantage in the extra period.

Czerkawski had a shot ring off the post early in the overtime, but the Islanders worked the puck around the perimeter and Aucoin rifled a one-time feed from Cliff Ronning past the glove of Hedberg for his third goal of the season.

"It's as wild as I can remember," said Aucoin. "I've been in a bunch of finishes like that before, but that was something. It's nice the way we finished."

The Canucks carried a 2-1 lead into the third period and scored with 7:07 left in the contest for a two-goal margin, but the Islanders erupted with three goals in a span of 2:17 to move in front.

Czerkawski deflected a Peca shot past Hedberg for his 16th goal with 4:15 left to pull New York within one. The two then combined to set up Asham's tying goal just 1:07 later.

Peca worked the puck off the boards and got it to Czerkawski, who raced into the Vancouver zone along the right wing. He fed a pass in the right circle to Asham, who quickly snapped a shot past Hedberg on the stick side for his eighth goal.

The Islander barrage continued with 1:58 left. Czerkawski intercepted a clearing attempt in the right circle and sent the puck across to the left circle for Peca, who ripped a one-timer home for his eighth goal.

"It showed a lot of resiliency on our team, especially from Mariusz to come and play like he did," Aucoin said. "He's been struggling lately. Obviously that line really gelled."

Vancouver, though, wasn't done, as Henrik Sedin banged in a perfect feed from Todd Bertuzzi for his eighth goal just 36 seconds later to force overtime.

"It was like two different games out there," Bertuzzi said. "We got the point, we worked hard, but not hard enough. We got a point out of it."

The Canucks dominated a scoreless first period, outshooting the Islanders 12-2. New York didn't record a shot on goal until just over three minutes remained in the stanza.

Grenier gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead just 1:58 into the second period with his first NHL goal. Linden fired a shot from the left point and Grenier was able to tip it past DiPietro.

Brookbank made it 2-0 with 7:35 left in the period, scoring his second with a great individual effort. He took the puck off the right boards from Daniel Sedin and sent a shot toward the net. DiPietro made the save, but Brookbank chased down his own rebound and tucked the puck inside the right post.

The Islanders pulled within one just under two minutes later when Scatchard deflected a right circle shot by Kenny Jonsson home for his seventh goal.

Vancouver regained a two-goal edge on Daniel Sedin's eighth goal with just over seven minutes left in the contest. Bertuzzi gained control of the puck near the left boards and sent it to Henrik Sedin, who skated to the top of the left circle to draw DiPietro out of the crease. A pass instead went to the right circle for Daniel Sedin, who snapped a one-timer past the scrambling netminder.

Game Notes

The Canucks lost for the first time this season when leading after two periods (18-0-0-1)...The Islanders improved to 2-17-2 when trailing after two...Linden is one point shy of matching Stan Smyl's franchise record of 673 career points...Vancouver's Magnus Arvedson is expected to be sidelined until mid- March with a right knee injury he sustained in this past Saturday's game against Washington...The Canucks are 0-2-2-1 in their last five visits to Long Island.

02/03 23:41:17 ET


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