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  • Saturday, February 19, 2000

    Canucks 3, SENATORS 1

    Messier earns 2,000 career point in win

  • Summary

    By CHRIS STEVENSON -- SLAM! Sports
     KANATA, Ont. - The shame, of course, is an outdoor rink in Vancouver is more difficult to find than a sunny day during the winter months.
     
     After practising on an outdoor rink here Friday, an experience a lot of Canucks players said put them back in touch with their beginnings in the game, the Canucks played with a fresh intensity in a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators Saturday afternoon at the Corel Centre.
     
     "It was just a good day to be outside. A good old-fashioned game of shinny can be a cure for a lot of things," said Canucks captain Mark Messier, who had two assists.
     
     The Canucks, closing out an eight-day, five-game road trip, seemed to benefit from the change of pace which saw them practice on the neighbourhood sheet.
     
     "It was different. It's a long season and I think all the guys appreciated that," said Vancouver goaltender Felix Potvin, named the game's first star after stopping all but one of the Senators' 35 shots.
     
     "It was a good way to break things up at the end of a long road trip."
     
     The Canucks, looking energetic, played a model road game, grabbing the lead 2-0 on goals by Markus Naslund, with his team-leading 17th, in the first and Donald Brashear with a career-best 11th in the second. Both goals came on the power play.
     
     Ottawa's Joe Juneau brought the Senators to within one with 27 seconds left in the second period, but that was as close as Ottawa would get.
     
     "We had guys blocking shots. We had guys getting cuts in the face," said Vancouver coach Marc Crawford. "We paid the price better.
     
     "We talked about getting more symmetry in our game and we did that tonight. We had good special teams and great goaltending. You get that many things going and you've got a far better chance of being successful than when you rely on just one facet of your game.
     
     "That last five minutes of the game was probably the best we've defended. It was the hardest we played, the toughest we played."
     
     While the Canucks power play delivered two goals, their penalty killing, which has wallowed near the bottom of the league for much of the season, has been moving up.
     
     "The difference was they got two power-play goals. They did a better job on special teams," said Senators coach Jacques Martin. "They got two and we got none."
     
     The Canucks didn't give the Senators much room to move and dictated the pace of play for the first period. The forechecked aggressively and kept the Senators on their heels. The Senators managed just five shots in that opening 20 minutes, but got stronger as the game progressed.
     
     Enter Potvin.
     
     He gave Vancouver some great goaltending, turning back a couple of point-blank chances by defenceman-turned-winger Chris Phillips, including a huge stop late in the second when Potvin stopped Phillips' close-in shot from his left off a rebound of a Sami Salo shot.
     
     Potvin also made a good save on Ottawa's Andreas Dackell halfway through the third period as the Ottawa winger shook loose from a check by Donald Brashear and one-timed a pass from behind the net.
     
     Potvin got some timely shot-blocking from his defenders as well, particularly during an Ottawa power-play in the second period. The Canucks blocked a huge total of 20 Senators shots with defencemen Jason Strudwick and Mattias Ohlund chipping in four apiece.
     
     "They've been playing tremendously the whole road trip," said Potvin. "When the 'D' blocks so many shots, it doesn't allow a lot of rebounds and it also breaks a lot of plays up."
     
     The win, which gives the Canucks a 3-2 record on the trip, keeps alive their slim playoff hopes.
     
     "Cro (Crawford) made a point of asking the guys to give a little extra and it's paid off with two wins in a row," said Canucks defenceman Murray Baron, one of the best players on the ice. "Especially with a guy like Mess playing his best hockey of the year. How can you not feed off of that?
     
     "We've still got a quarter of a season to go. There's still a lot left. A lot of things can happen."
     
     One thing that won't happen is finding an outdoor sheet in Vancouver.
     
     Too bad.

    Summary

    -----------------------------   
    Vancouver            1 1 1--3         
    Ottawa               0 1 0--1         
    -----------------------------   
    
    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Vancouver, M Naslund 17 (power play)
    (Messier, Cassels), 9:57. Penalties: Laukkanen, Ott (hooking), 9:02;
    Cooke, Van (interference), 14:23; Dackell, Ott (interference), 18:34.
    
    SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, Vancouver, Brashear 11 (power play)
    (Baron), 5:46. 3, Ottawa, Juneau 9 (Laukkanen, Ledyard), 19:33. Penalties:
    S Van Allen, Ott (hooking), 3:51; Baron, Van (cross checking), 9:22.
    
    THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 4, Vancouver, Hendrickson 3 (empty net)
    (Messier, Baron), 19:12. 
    
    Shots on goal:
    ---------------------------------       
    Vancouver            13  4  7--24
    Ottawa                5 14 16--35
    ---------------------------------       
    
    Power-play Conversions: Van - 2 of 3, Ott - 0 of 2.  Goalies: Vancouver,
    Potvin (35 shots, 34 saves; record: 9-20-6). Ottawa, Tugnutt (23, 21;
    record: 15-10-7).  A:18,500.  Referee: Gregson. Linesmen: Gagnon, Kovachik.
    
                       INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS
    
    Vancouver                             Ottawa
                   G   A   +/-  Shots                    G   A   +/-  Shots
    Baron          0   2   +1     1       Bonk           0   0   -1     1
    Brashear       1   0   even   3       Dackell        0   0   +1     3
    Cassels        0   1   -1     1       Dineen         0   0   even   3
    Chubarov       0   0   even   0       Forbes         0   0   even   0
    Cooke          0   0   even   1       Hossa          0   0   -1     3
    Druken         0   0   even   1       Juneau         1   0   +1     1
    Hawgood        0   0   even   0       Kravchuk       0   0   even   1
    Hendrickson    1   0   +1     2       Laukkanen      0   1   +1     1
    Jovanovski     0   0   -1     2       Ledyard        0   1   +1     4
    Klatt          0   0   +1     2       Mceachern      0   0   even   2
    M Naslund      1   0   -1     4       Miller         0   0   even   0
    May            0   0   even   1       Phillips       0   0   even   5
    Messier        0   2   +1     3       Redden         0   0   -1     3
    Ohlund         0   0   +1     0       S Van Allen    0   0   even   0
    Sopel          0   0   even   0       Salo           0   0   -1     2
    Strudwick      0   0   -1     1       V Prospal      0   0   -1     4
    T Bertuzzi     0   0   -1     2       York           0   0   even   2
    York           0   0   even   0       Zamuner        0   0   even   0
    Aucoin         Finger Injury          Traverse       Shoulder
    V Sharifijanov Healthy                Alfredsson     Knee Injury
    Joseph         Groin                  Arvedson       Abdominal
    C Osullivan    Healthy                Sarault        Healthy
    P Schaefer     Knee Injury            Roy            Suspended Nhl
    Mogilny        Shoulder
    

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