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Wednesday, January 19, 2000
Red Wings 3, CANUCKS 3
Canucks' lead evaporates in tie
VANCOUVER (CP) -- The Detroit Red Wings didn't panic when they trailed 3-0 after the first period against the Vancouver Canucks.
Their composure paid off, as Brendan Shanahan scored two power-play goals as the Red Wings rallied to tie the Canucks 3-3 Wednesday night.
"We just talked about continuing with the game plan and not getting too desperate," Shanahan said. "We had to press a little bit but we didn't want to open things up too much. There was still a lot of hockey left."
The Wings, with injuries to Sergei Fedorov, Uwe Krupp, Kris Draper and Darren McCarty, were 0-3-1 in their previous four games.
"With the way things have been going lately, it would have been easy to unravel but we just did a lot of good things," Shanahan said. "We thought we were playing pretty well but the score just didn't reflect it."
The Canucks have only two ties to show for their last six home games. Vancouver hasn't beaten Detroit since March 1997 and is 0-8-3 in that span.
Peter Schaefer, Vadim Sharifijanov and Greg Hawgood scored power-play goals in the first period as the Canucks built a 3-0 lead. The three goals tied a franchise record for power-play goals in a period.
"If you're up three goals you should win. ... If we just play well, we'll be fine," said Canucks defenceman Mattias Ohlund. "Obviously you want two points in every game. We had a bad second period but we battled back in the third."
Detroit scored all three of its goals in the second period. Shanahan's wrist shot beat Vancouver goalie Felix Potvin at 4:21, then the Detroit winger got his 26th of the season by scoring from in close at 13:11. Martin Lapointe tied it 3-3 with 1:08 left in the period when Tomas Holmstrom sent him in alone on Potvin.
"Tonight was a good example of the power play scoring important goals for us," Detroit coach Scotty Bowman said. "If it had been shut down we obviously wouldn't have had a point."
Schaefer, who has scored 10 times on the road, got his 12th of the season and third in five games to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead early in the first by knocking Todd Bertuzzi's rebound past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood.
Sharifijanov got his second goal in three games as a Canuck when he scored on a goal-mouth scramble. Hawgood's blast from the faceoff circle made it 3-0 with 23 seconds left in the first.
Notes: Steve Yzerman entered the game three goals behind Canucks captain Mark Messier for fifth on the all-time NHL goal-scoring list. ... Messier celebrated his 39th birthday Tuesday. ... Vancouver rookie Steve Kariya was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. ... The Wings conclude their four-game road trip Saturday in Ottawa while the Canucks visit Edmonton.