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  • Thursday, February 17, 2000

    Canucks 2, SABRES 1

    Brashear lifts Canucks past Sabres

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     BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Donald Brashear had an interesting view of his game-winning goal.

    Brashear scored while prone on the ice -- after chasing an errant pass -- lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 victory Thursday night over the Buffalo Sabres.
     
     "Sometimes (passes) don't come on the tape," Brashear said. "Sometimes you need to make a second effort to catch it."
     
     Brashear's goal, his 10th, came with 6:14 remaining in the third period. He swiped at the puck in the right faceoff circle and the shot got past Sabres goalie Martin Biron.
     
     "I've got a few lucky ones this year," Brashear said. "Sometimes you get great scoring chances and miss them. Sometimes you get the ugly goals."
     
     Mattias Ohlund also scored for Vancouver, which stopped a two-game losing streak. Felix Potvin made 22 saves for the Canucks, 2-2 on a five-game Eastern road trip.
     
     Michal Grosek scored the lone goal for Buffalo.
     
     "We're not going to win any games scoring one or two goals a game," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "There is a lot of pressure on the goaltending and every little mistake is crucial."
     
     Biron stopped 24 shots for the Sabres, who are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference -- three points behind the New York Rangers for the final playoff spot.
     
     "It doesn't matter if you make 50 saves or 10 saves," Biron said. "You have to stop the last one that gives them the win."
     
     Ohlund opened the scoring with 4:42 to go in the first period. With Vancouver on the power play, he pinched in from the blue-line and wristed a shot below Biron's glove.
     
     In the second period, Grosek tied it at 1:12 with his 11th goal. Grosek came from behind the net and directed a blind backhander over Potvin's right shoulder, breaking an 11-game scoreless streak.
     
     "I have struggled the last 12 games," said Grosek, who returned from Ruff's doghouse Wednesday at Pittsburgh after dressing Sunday but not playing. "It was a big point for me."
     
     Buffalo missed an opportunity to take a lead several minutes before Brashear's goal, when Miroslav Satan's shot hit the crossbar. In the last three minutes of the game, Buffalo had a power play but could not muster a shot on goal.
     
     "It was a huge win, a character win," Canucks coach Marc Crawford said. "By the end of the game, it symbolized what paying the price means."

    Summary

    -----------------------------   
    Vancouver            1 0 1--2         
    Buffalo              0 1 0--1         
    -----------------------------   
    
    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Vancouver, Ohlund 3 (power play) (Messier, V
    Sharifijanov), 15:18. Penalties: Ohlund, Van (hooking), 6:26; Brashear,
    Van (tripping), 10:46; Varada, Buf (elbowing), 13:48.
    
    SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, Buffalo, Grosek 11 (S Barnes, Satan), 1:12.
    Penalties: May, Van (high sticking), 6:44; R Warrener, Buf (high
    sticking), 15:47; Jovanovski, Van (cross checking), 19:58.
    
    THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 3, Vancouver, Brashear 10 (Cooke, Potvin),
    13:46. Penalties: Hawgood, Van (tripping), 6:01; Sarich, Buf (holding),
    9:33; Chubarov, Van (high sticking), 16:55.
    
    Shots on goal:
    ---------------------------------       
    Vancouver            5 14  7--26
    Buffalo              5  7 11--23
    ---------------------------------       
    
    Power-play Conversions: Van - 1 of 3, Buf - 0 of 6.  Goalies: Vancouver,
    Potvin (23 shots, 22 saves; record: 8-20-6). Buffalo, Biron (26, 24;
    record: 19-16-2).  A:18,154.  Referees: Leggo, Shick. Linesmen: G
    Devorski, Driscoll.
    
                       INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS
    
    Vancouver                             Buffalo
                   G   A   +/-  Shots                    G   A   +/-  Shots
    Baron          0   0   +1     0       Afinogenov     0   0   -1     1
    Brashear       1   0   +1     3       B Holzinger    0   0   -1     1
    C Osullivan    0   0   even   1       D Ward         0   0   even   0
    Cassels        0   0   even   1       Grosek         1   0   +1     1
    Chubarov       0   0   even   4       Mckee          0   0   +1     0
    Cooke          0   1   +1     1       Patrick        0   0   even   0
    Druken         0   0   +1     2       Peca           0   0   even   3
    Hawgood        0   0   even   0       R Warrener     0   0   even   0
    Hendrickson    0   0   even   0       Rasmussen      0   0   even   0
    Jovanovski     0   0   -1     0       Ray            0   0   even   0
    Klatt          0   0   -1     1       S Barnes       0   1   +1     1
    M Naslund      0   0   -1     3       Sanderson      0   0   -1     4
    May            0   0   even   3       Sarich         0   0   even   1
    Messier        0   1   -1     2       Satan          0   1   +1     3
    Ohlund         1   0   +1     3       Tsyplakov      0   0   even   1
    Potvin         0   1   --     0       Varada         0   0   even   4
    Strudwick      0   0   -1     0       Woolley        0   0   even   3
    T Bertuzzi     0   0   even   1       Zhitnik        0   0   -1     0
    V Sharifijanov 0   1   even   1
    Aucoin         Finger Injury          Roloson        Healthy
    York           Healthy                Primeau        Hip Injury
    Joseph         Groin                  Brown          Influenza
    P Schaefer     Knee Injury            Smehlik        Back Injury
    Mogilny        Shoulder
    
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