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  • Saturday, February 12, 2000

    Canucks 4, LEAFS 1

    Canucks jump to early lead and beat Leafs

  • Summary

     TORONTO (CP) -- Don't paint the Vancouver Canucks out of the NHL playoff picture quite yet.

     Granted, they are 10 points out of the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference, but the ease with which they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, 4-1, suggests a glimmer of hope remains.

     Todd Bertuzzi, with two goals including an empty-netter with 1:19 left, Ed Jovanovski and Andrew Cassels scored for the Canucks, and Felix Potvin earned the goaltending win in his first start in three weeks.

     Jonas Hoglund scored for the slumping Leafs.

     The 19,000 witnesses will check the standings this morning to see if it is really true that Vancouver is 10 games under .500 and Toronto 10 games over. They may not be able to believe their eyes.

     Backup goalie Glenn Healy, getting into his 13th game this season so Curtis Joseph could rest, was not the No. 1 suspect when it came time to lay blame for the Leafs' malaise. It was a team effort.

     Bertuzzi redirected an Alexander Mogilny pass 3:26 into the game. Toronto defenceman Cory Cross skated beside Bertuzzi to the crease without taking the Canuck out of the play.

     A little over four minutes later, Jovanovski gathered in a Mark Messier pass and took a shot that struck Healy's leg pads and dropped behind the goalie. Jovanovski, continuing on past the net without being touched, reached into the crease to drag the puck over the goal-line.

     It was the ninth time in its last 12 games that Toronto fell behind 2-0.

     Healy made a diving save on a Markus Naslund shot to keep Vancouver from going up three goals before the first period ended. A good portion of the crowd booed the Leafs off the ice.

     Cassels scored the only goal of the second period courtesy of Toronto winger Wendel Clark, who had the puck on the boards in his own zone but sent an ill-advised pass across the middle of the ice. Cassels gobbled it up, skated in alone on Healy, and flipped a wrist shot through Healy's legs.

     Potvin made a marvellous save with his catching mitt on a Mats Sundin shot and was en route to his first win in nine starts since Dec. 22, and only his second win in 10 appearances since joining the Canucks.

     Again, boos chased the Leafs to their dressing room.

     Hoglund converted a cross-crease Sundin pass into his 23rd goal of the season 4:46 into the third period.

     There would be no rally this time. The Canucks played well in their own zone, repeatedly clearing the puck every time Toronto shot it in.

     Notes: Each team lost a forward in the first period. Mogilny hurt a shoulder and Toronto's Dmitri Khristich was cut in the face. ... Darcy Tucker's debut with the Leafs was an uneventful one. ... The Canucks won consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 30-Nov. 5. They move on to Pittsburgh for a Monday night game against the Penguins. ... The Leafs have lost consecutive games at home for the first time this season. They stay home to play the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

    Summary

    -----------------------------	 
    Vancouver           2 1 1--4	 
    Toronto             0 0 1--1	 
    -----------------------------	 
    
    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Vancouver, T Bertuzzi 11 (Mogilny, Cassels),
    3:26. 2, Vancouver, Jovanovski 1 (Messier, Ohlund), 8:02. Penalties:
    Adams, Tor (holding), 11:18.
    
    SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 3, Vancouver, Cassels 10 (unassisted), 5:55.
    Penalties: M Naslund, Van (hooking), 1:21; Jovanovski, Van (cross
    checking), 12:34; M Naslund, Van (Obstr holding), 14:48; B Berard, Tor
    (Obstr hooking), 18:58.
    
    THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 4, Toronto, Hoglund 23 (Sundin, Thomas), 4:46.
    5, Vancouver, T Bertuzzi 12 (empty net) (unassisted), 18:41. Penalties:
    May, Van (roughing), 12:48; Clark, Tor (roughing), 12:48.
    
    Shots on goal:
    --------------------------------- 
    Vancouver           11  8 10--29
    Toronto              7  5 11--23
    ---------------------------------	 
    
    Power-play Conversions: Van - 0 of 2, Tor - 0 of 3.  Goalies: Vancouver,
    Potvin (23 shots, 22 saves; record: 7-19-6). Toronto, Healy (28, 25;
    record: 5-7-0).  A:19,262.  Referee: Fraser. Linesmen: G Devorski, Gagnon.
    
                       INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS
    
    Vancouver                             Toronto
                   G   A   +/-  Shots                    G   A   +/-  Shots
    Baron          0   0   even   1       Adams          0   0   -1     0
    Brashear       0   0   even   1       Antropov       0   0   even   2
    Cassels        1   1   +2     3       B Berard       0   0   +1     4
    Chubarov       0   0   even   1       Clark          0   0   -1     1
    Cooke          0   0   even   0       Cross          0   0   -2     1
    Hawgood        0   0   even   1       Di Yushkevich  0   0   even   0
    Hendrickson    0   0   +1     2       Diduck         0   0   even   0
    Joseph         0   0   +1     0       Domi           0   0   -1     0
    Jovanovski     1   0   +2     5       Hoglund        1   0   -2     4
    Klatt          0   0   even   1       Kaberle        0   0   -2     2
    M Naslund      0   0   +2     3       Karpovtsev     0   0   -3     0
    May            0   0   even   0       Khristich      0   0   even   2
    Messier        0   1   +1     2       Korolev        0   0   -1     1
    Mogilny        0   1   +1     0       Perreault      0   0   -2     2
    Ohlund         0   1   +2     1       Sundin         0   1   -1     1
    P Schaefer     0   0   +1     2       Thomas         0   1   -1     2
    Strudwick      0   0   +1     1       Tucker         0   0   even   1
    T Bertuzzi     2   0   +1     5       Valk           0   0   even   0
    Aucoin         Finger Injury          Mccauley       Healthy
    V Sharifijanov Healthy                Mcallister     Healthy
    York           Healthy                Markov         Healthy
                                          S Berezin      Hamstring
    
    
    TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS VANCOUVER CANUCKS



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