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Sunday, December 12, 1999
Avalanche 3, CANUCKS 2 (OT)
Hedjuk spoils comeback by Canucks
VANCOUVER (AP) -- Milan Hejduk's goal 1:36 into overtime made Patrick Roy the NHL's third winningest goal as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Sunday night.
After the Canucks rallied back to tie the game with two third-period goals, Hejduk scored just inside the post.
The Avalanche, who have won four of their last five games, moved three points ahead of the Canucks in Northwest Division standings.
Alex Tanguay and Shjon Podein also scored for the Avalanche who are 5-0-2 in their last seven meetings against the Canucks.
Roy stopped 22 shots to win his 424th game passing Tony Esposito for third place on the all-time win list. Roy is now 10 wins from matching Jacques Plante. Terry Sawchuk leads all goalies with 447 victories.
Andrew Cassels and Zenith Komarniski scored for the Canucks, who are 1-7-3 in their last 11 games.
The Canucks' comeback began in strange fashion as Komarniski scored his first NHL goal on a shot from the centerline 13 seconds into the third period. The bouncing shot handcuffed Roy, beating him just inside the right post.
Cassels tied the game five minutes later. After chasing down Markus Naslund's bounce pass off the side boards, Cassels broke in on the right side and snapped a shot just inside the far post.
Tanguay, extending his points streak to six games, opened the scoring 6:27 into the game, capping a 2-on-1 break when he was set up by Chris Drury.
Podein made it 2-0, 2:06 into the second period when his shot from the right circle appeared to tip off Vancouver defenseman Jason Strudwick's outstretched stick.
The Canucks power-play continued to fizzle, going 0-for-7, including a two-man advantage that lasted 1:55 in the first period.
The injury-depleted Canucks, missing six regulars including captain Mark Messier (right knee) and Alexander Mogilny (back), were forced to go with a lineup of six rookies, including new call-up Brad Leeb, who became the eighth Canuck player to make his NHL debut this season.
The Avalanche were without captain Joe Sakic, who missed his eighth straight game with a rib cartilage strain.