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Sunday, March 19, 2000
CANUCKS 6, Senators 1
Canucks ruin Barrasso's first start
VANCOUVER (CP) -- Todd Bertuzzi has caught the Vancouver Canucks' sudden goal-scoring wave but says he'd trade it all to make the NHL playoffs.
Bertuzzi scored twice in the second period Saturday night to lead Vancouver to a 6-1 pasting of Ottawa and ruin veteran goalie Tom Barrasso's debut with the Senators.
The goals were the robust winger's career-high 18th and 19th of the season to give him 40 points, eclipsing the 39 he recorded in 1995-96 with the New York Islanders.
"It's something you can look back on at the end of the season but I'd rather see us in seventh or eighth place right now," Bertuzzi said after Vancouver posted its largest margin of victory this season.
"For me, it's team stuff. I've been playing five years and I haven't been to the playoffs yet. I'd take a playoff run instead of 20 goals any day."
Bertuzzi scored the winner 18 seconds into the second period and Trent Klatt made it 3-0 after only 90 seconds had gone in the second.
The Canucks had only 10 shots on Barrasso, playing his first game since Jan. 31, but led 4-1 on Bertuzzi's second goal midway through the period.
Ed Jovanovski, Markus Naslund, with his team-leading 24th, and rookie Harold Druken completed the attack, which matched Vancouver's highest goal output of the season.
Marian Hossa scored for the Senators, who lost their second in a row of a three-game Western Canada road swing.
Naslund, who has five goals and six assists in his last seven games and Bertuzzi, with three goals in his last two games, seem intent on making up for the loss of scorer Alex Mogilny, who was traded to New Jersey on Tuesday.
"Everyone who knows the game can see he has a lot of skill and he's got something that not everybody has," Naslund said of the six-foot-three, 235-pound Bertuzzi.
"It's the size combined with that skill that gives him an advantage. He can outpower a lot of defencemen which a lot of other guys can't."
The Canucks have scored 12 goals in the two games since Mogilny was traded for Denis Pederson and Brendan Morrison.
"It was a pretty big loss goalwise to lose a guy like Alexander but the guys we got in the trade are paying dividends right now and Brendan is fitting in really well with our line," said Bertuzzi.
Barrasso, who turns 35 March 31, was victimized by poor defensive coverage in only his 19th game of a season interrupted by injuries and his desire to be with his father who died last week.
"I'm glad to get it behind me and I'm looking forward to really building on some things," Barrasso said after surrendering six goals on 21 shots.
"The first game (he played for the Pittsburgh Penguins where he won two Stanley Cups) was about the same. We got beat 7-2 in Toronto and it worked out OK from there. There's no need to panic."
Coach Jacques Martin said the goalie Ottawa traded for to anchor a playoff run just needs work and better protection.
"When I look at the quality of the goals that they got, I couldn't blame him," Martin said.
Notes: Jovanovski missed the Canucks' last game because of a hip flexor problem ... Donald Brashear is doing light skating after the Marty McSorley concussion Feb. 21 ... Canucks defenceman Adrian Aucoin says he resembles a cartoon character because of a three-fingerd glove designed to protect a lacerated digit and could return Monday.
NHL FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL --- --- --- ----- OTTAWA 0 1 0 1 VANCOUVER 1 4 1 6 FINAL GOAL SCORING: 1ST PRD: VAN - ED JOVANOVSKI 4 (MARKUS NASLUND, MARK MESSIER) 12:44 2ND PRD: VAN - TODD BERTUZZI 18 (ANDREW CASSELS, MATTIAS OHLUND) 0:18 VAN - TRENT KLATT 8 (MARKUS NASLUND) 1:30 OTT - MARIAN HOSSA 28 (CHRIS PHILLIPS) 6:05 VAN - TODD BERTUZZI 19 (ANDREW CASSELS) 9:21 VAN - MARKUS NASLUND 24 (MURRAY BARON, MARK MESSIER) 18:33 3RD PRD: VAN - HAROLD DRUKEN 4 (UNASSISTED) 3:23 POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: OTT - 0 OF 3, VAN - 0 OF 5. SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL --- --- --- ----- OTT 8 5 8 21 VAN 5 12 6 23 GOALIES: OTT - TOM BARRASSO VAN - FELIX POTVIN OFFICIALS: REF - MCGEOUGH LIN - LAZAROWICH, WHELER ATT: 17,762