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  • Saturday, October 16, 1999

    Injury to Snow a sudden pain for Canucks

    By JIM MORRIS --Canadian Press
     VANCOUVER -- Goaltender Garth Snow's broken finger is a sudden pain for the Vancouver Canucks.
     Snow, 30, will be sidelined for at least a month after breaking the index finger on his right hand. The fractured digit has Canucks management scrambling to find a backup goalie with NHL experience to play behind Kevin Weekes.
     "We're going to huddle on it and see what options are available," said general manager Brian Burke.
     "We'll keep our eye on the waiver wire and see if there's any experienced goalies there. There's a couple of guys with NHL experience playing in the minors. A trade is a possibility."
     Weekes played in Vancouver's 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. Sloppy play and an impotent offence, not bad goaltending, resulted in the Canucks losing their second consecutive game after three wins.
     Snow's injury also came just as Vancouver began its first road trip of the season. The six-game swing opened in Calgary on Saturday night and sees the Canucks play both Florida teams, the Rangers, Islanders and Philadelphia.
     "It's a bad stroke of luck because it's such a freak thing," said Snow, his right hand encased in a cast.
     "It's not fun but I'm not going to feel sorry for myself. I'm just going to come back stronger."
     Snow first injured the finger during a Sept. 21 exhibition game in Ottawa. Ironically, that's the same game defenceman Mattias Ohlund took a puck in the eye and hasn't played since.
     Doctors first told Snow he had a non-displaced fracture. Canucks management told the media Snow would miss the first two games of the season with a groin injury.
     He got his first start in a 4-1 win over Montreal on Oct. 9, then re-injured the finger in the first period of Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to Calgary.
     "I felt a pop," said Snow, 30, who allowed five goals on 52 shots in the two games he played.
     "I didn't know if it was tendon or something. I looked at it after the game and it was a little crooked. The doctor suggested I get an X-ray."
     The Canucks have recalled Alfie Michaud from their American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse but would rather have someone with more experience as a backup.
     Burke as a couple of options.
     Veteran Mark Fitzpatrick is playing in the minors while Rick Tabaracci remains an unsigned free agent. Trade rumours have also swirled around New York Islanders No. 1 starter Felix Potvin.
     The Canucks had claimed Manny Legace off waivers from Detroit prior to the start of the season. Vancouver decided they no longer needed Legace after Snow's first game and he was re-claimed by Detroit on Wednesday. That night Snow broke the finger.
     Neither Burke or Snow were apologetic about lying over the goaltender's injury.
     "You don't want the shooters to know where to shoot on me," Snow said. "I didn't want to get slashed or have guys hack and whack at me."
     Weekes has been billed as the heir apparent ever since coming to Vancouver with Ed Jovanovski as part of the Pavel Bure trade with the Florida Panthers last January. He won his first two games of the season and had a 2.50 goals-against average.
     "I'm just going to try and work as hard as possible," said Weekes, 24, who faced 22 shots Friday.
     "I will try to forget the games, have a short memory, no matter how well or how not so well they go."
     
     
     
     
     



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