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  • Friday, November 5, 1999

    CANUCKS 3, Panthers 2

    Canucks edge Bure-less Panthers

  • Summary

     VANCOUVER (AP) -- Vancouver fans, denied a chance to welcome back former star Pavel Bure, settled for a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

     Brad May scored the go-ahead goal, breaking a 2-2 tie late in the second period, as the Canucks spoiled what would have been Bure's first meeting against his former team. Bure missed the game with a broken finger.

     Alexander Mogilny and Mark Messier also scored for the Canucks, who are 4-1-1 in their last six games. Corey Schwab stopped 23 shots to earn his second straight victory since being acquired in a deal to bolster the Canucks injured goalie ranks.

     Canucks defenseman Greg Hawgood made a game-saving stop, batting away a puck out of mid-air that appeared to be headed into the net with 80 seconds left in the game.

     Oleg Kvasha and Ray Whitney scored power-play goals for the Panthers, who are winless in their last four games (0-3-1) and have gone 0-5-1 in their last six road games.

     Bure's absence didn't help, as the Panthers have now gone 2-4 without him this season.

     Bure, who missed five games earlier this season with a groin injury, will be sidelined at least two weeks after X-rays Thursday showed he had broken the little finger on his left hand.

     After Mogilny and Messier staked the Canucks to a 2-0 lead by the 1:17 mark of the second period, the Panthers tied it on power-play goals by Kvasha and Whitney.

     May, however, put the Canucks ahead for good, scoring with 1:55 left in the second period. Following Dave Scatchard's shot, May outmuscled two defenders in front of the Florida net and jammed the rebound beneath Sean Burke's pad.

     The game was to be Bure's first public appearance in Vancouver since the end of the 1997-98 season. That summer, Bure refused to play for the Canucks. He was traded to Florida in a seven-player deal Jan. 17.

     With a buzz building all week in Vancouver over Bure's return, many of the 17,055 on hand at GM Place still managed to express their displeasure. Bure was booed when his name was announced as being among the scratches.

     Bure, injured in Wednesday's 2-2 tie at Edmonton, said he pleaded with doctors to allow him to play.

     "I was trying, but they said, 'No,"' he said. "If it would be my choice, I would play."

    Summary

    -----------------------------
    Florida              0 2 0--2	 
    Vancouver            1 2 0--3	 
    -----------------------------	 
    
    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Vancouver, Mogilny 6 (Kariya, Joseph), 8:19.
    Penalties: Niedermayer, Fla (interference), 13:06.
    
    SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, Vancouver, Messier 5 (power play) (M
    Naslund, P Schaefer), 1:17. 3, Florida, Kvasha 2 (power play) (Kozlov, R
    Svehla), 6:13. 4, Florida, Whitney 7 (power play) (R Svehla, Mellanby),
    15:10. 5, Vancouver, May 3 (Scatchard), 18:05. Penalties: Brashear, Van
    (fighting major), 0:33; Jakopin, Fla (roughing, fighting major), 0:33;
    Novoseltsev, Fla (high sticking), 3:06; Aucoin, Van (interference), 5:30;
    C Schwab, Van served by Kariya (roughing), 14:34.
    
    THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: Simpson, Fla (interference),
    2:13; R Svehla, Fla (holding), 6:56; T Bertuzzi, Van (hooking), 10:19.
    
    Shots on goal:
    ---------------------------------	 
    Florida               6 12  7--25
    Vancouver             6  7 13--26
    ---------------------------------	 
    
    Power-play Conversions: Fla - 2 of 3, Van - 1 of 5.  Goalies: Florida, S
    Burke (26 shots, 23 saves; record: 1-4-0). Vancouver, C Schwab (25, 23;
    record: 2-0-0).  A:17,055.  Referee: B Mccreary. Linesmen: Cameron,
    Sartison.
    
    VANCOUVER CANUCKS FLORIDA PANTHERS



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