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Wednesday, January 5, 2000
Lightning 3, CANUCKS 3
Canucks earn point in tie
VANCOUVER (CP) -- As the Vancouver Canucks continue to struggle, coach Marc Crawford's frustration continues to escalate.
Markus Naslund scored the tying goal midway through the third period as the Canucks played to a 3-3 draw with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.
Crawford has been unhappy with his team's performance lately, although he wouldn't mention specific names. The Canucks have won just three of their last 20 games.
"Being close is not what it's about. It's not going to get us the respect we want," Crawford said. "We've got to find a way to win games. We've got to get more from certain people in our lineup. Tonight we got a good effort from a lot of people and I'm proud of the way they competed, but there are a number of guys in our lineup who could play better."
The Lightning haven't fared much better than the Canucks lately, with only one win in their last 13 games.
"I wasn't thrilled," Lightning coach Steve Ludzik said of his team's effort. "I think we can play a lot better on the road, but obviously (Vancouver) played a real hard game and they were desperate, too. We didn't get our forechecking going the way I thought we would. Penalty killing was really good and that's what saved us."
The Canucks were 0-for-8 on the power play.
"It's disappointing," Naslund said. "It's not because of work ethic that we lost the point. I thought their goalie came up big for them and we weren't hungry enough when we had the quality chances."
Alexander Mogilny and Peter Schaefer also scored for Vancouver.
Bryan Muir had put the Lightning ahead 3-2 with a goal at 5:30 of the third period, beating goalie Felix Potvin with a slapshot between the pads. Fredrik Modin and Pavel Kubina had the other goals for Tampa Bay.
Modin opened the scoring when he tucked home a rebound of a Steve Guolla shot 3:36 into the first period.
Goals by Mogilny and Schaefer 32 seconds apart in the second period gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead.
Mogilny one-timed a Harry York pass inside the post to goalie Dan Cloutier's stick side at 12:09, then Schaefer scored with a snap shot low to the glove side at 12:39.
Kubina tied it for Tampa Bay when he slid a rebound past Potvin on the power play at 15:54 of the second.
Potvin finished with 24 saves while Dan Cloutier stopped 35 shots.
Mark Messier returned the Canucks lineup after missing Sunday's game against Calgary with bursitis in his right knee.
Notes: Canucks defenceman Mattias Ohlund is to return to the lineup on Friday in Dallas. Ohlund hasn't played since Sept. 21 in Ottawa because of an eye injury. He says vision in his right eye is still at only 70 per cent. ... Lightning forward Stan Drulia suffered a concussion when he was bodychecked by Canucks defenceman Ed Jovanoski during a first-period power play.