NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Vancouver
(Wednesday, March 10th)
Final Score: Minnesota 1, Vancouver 1
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Dwayne Roloson stopped 29 shots for Minnesota and Vancouver's Dan Cloutier countered with 20 saves, as the Wild and Canucks skated to a 1-1 tie at GM Place.
Andrew Brunette scored the lone goal for the Wild, who have just one win in their last nine games (1-4-4).
Newly-acquired Geoff Sanderson scored late in the third period to tie it for Vancouver, which is just 1-2-2 in its last five. The Canucks fell four points behind first-place Colorado in the Northwest Division.
It was an emotional night for the Canucks, who played without suspended star center Todd Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi, suspended for his actions against Colorado's Steve Moore on Monday, will learn the length of his penalty on Thursday morning after undergoing a disciplinary hearing earlier Wednesday.
"These comments are for Steve," said an apologetic Bertuzzi before Wednesday's game. "Steve, I just want to apologize for what happened out there. I had no intention of hurting you. I feel awful for what transpired."
Bertuzzi punched Moore in the head from behind and then jumped on his back and drove him face-first into the ice, knocking him unconscious. Moore, who scored a goal earlier in the game, laid motionless in a puddle of blood before being carted off on a stretcher. Bertuzzi received a match penalty for his actions, which comes with an automatic review by the NHL.
Moore remains in a Vancouver hospital bed with a broken neck, a concussion and deep cuts on his face.
During his three-minute speech Wednesday night, Bertuzzi choked up a number of times.
"To Steve's family, I'm sorry you had to go through this and I'm sorry again for what happened out there," Bertuzzi continued. "I'm relieved to hear that Steve is going to have a full recovery. It means a lot to me to know that's going to happen.
"To the game of hockey and the fans of Vancouver, for the kids that watch this game, I am truly story," Bertuzzi added. "I don't play the game that way. I'm not a mean-spirited person and I'm sorry for what happened."
The Canucks were headed for a loss without Bertuzzi, but cashed in a late power play to tie it.
Sanderson picked up the puck from Matt Cooke and snapped a wrist shot from the right circle past a screened Roloson. It was Sanderson's 14th goal of the season and his first after being acquired by the Canucks on Tuesday at the trade deadline in a deal with Columbus.
"I had the shot, and it just got through the screen and went low," Sanderson said. It's nice to get the first game under my belt. We have a great core of guys here and I really just want to fit in somewhere and try to contribute somewhere."
The Canucks had the better of the play in the extra session, taking four shots to Minnesota's one.
After a scoreless first period, the Wild scored a power-play goal late in the second to grab the lead.
Roloson stopped a shorthanded chance by Mike Keane and sent an outlet pass to his teammates. Brunette wound up with the puck and fired a wrist shot from the right circle home for his 14th goal.
"Rollie made a great play," said Brunette. "Our power play wasn't very effective, they kind of had a 2-on-2 rush and caught the puck and made a nice little play up to [Alexandre] Daigle and we went on a 3-on-2 and I got the puck in a position with some time and I was looking back there to make a pass, but decided last minute to shoot."
Sanderson, despite a previous stint with Vancouver, scored his first goal as a Canuck. In nine games during the 1997-98 season, he posted just three assists before being traded...Minnesota, coming off a 4-3 win Tuesday at San Jose, is 0-6-7 in the second of games on consecutive nights...The Wild finished 1-for-5 on the power play and improved to just 2-for-41 with the man-advantage in their last 10 games...Minnesota won the season series, 2-1-3.
03/11 02:44:32 ET