ALSO ON SLAM!
Tuesday, October 26, 1999
Canucks 5, Flyers 2
Schaefer leads Canucks past the Flyers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Peter Schaefer had two goals and an assist as the Vancouver Canucks ended the Philadelphia Flyers' four-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory Tuesday night.
Philadelphia goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck's streak of three consecutive shutouts also ended, but through no fault of his own. The Flyers were plagued by giveaways and looked slow and sluggish at times against the younger, faster Canucks.
Darby Hendrickson, Markus Naslund and Mark Messier, with an empty-netter, also scored for the Canucks, while goalie Kevin Weekes stopped 33 shots.
Schaefer has six points in his last two games and leads NHL rookies with six goals and 12 points.
Mark Recchi and Mikael Renberg scored for the Flyers, who dropped to 3-4 at home and 0-2 against Western Conference teams.
The Canucks, leading the Northwest Division after two straight last-place finishes, won their second straight.
Murray Baron's giveaway led to Recchi's fourth goal to open the scoring. The Flyers emulated that approach for the balance of the game.
Eric Lindros gave away the puck to Schaefer at the Flyers' blue-line, leading to Hendrickson's short-handed goal that tied it 1-1 with 6:47 left in the first. Vanbiesbrouck stopped Schaefer's shot, but Hendrickson flipped the puck into the net as Lindros skated right by without taking him out of the play.
The goal ended Vanbiesbrouck's club-record scoreless streak at 227 minutes 40 seconds. Vanbiesbrouck faced only 21 shots.
Schaefer scored Vancouver's second straight short-handed goal with 3:39 left in the first to make it 2-1. Harry York picked up a loose puck along the boards in Philadelphia zone's, skated 2-on-1 against Eric Desjardins and passed to Schaefer for a quick wrist shot past Vanbiesbrouck.
After Renberg tied it late in the first period on the power play, Schaefer scored his second of the game and sixth of the season on the power play 63 seconds into the second to make it 3-2.
John LeClair partially fanned on a between-the-legs pass in the Canucks' zone, leading to Naslund's goal on a 3-on-1 break to make it 4-2 3:05 into the second.
Vancouver almost took a three-goal lead into the third, but Alexander Mogilny's breakaway shot somehow slid across the crease and grazed both posts before sliding away five minutes into the second. Mogilny hit the post twice more in the third.
NHL FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 2 2 1 5 PHILADELPHIA 2 0 0 2 FINAL GOAL SCORING: 1ST PRD: PHI - MARK RECCHI 4 (UNASSISTED) 1:39 VAN - (SH) DARBY HENDRICKSON 1 (PETER SCHAEFER) 13:13 VAN - (SH) PETER SCHAEFER 5 (HARRY YORK, ED JOVANOVSKI) 16:21 PHI - (PP) MIKAEL RENBERG 1 (VALERI ZELEPUKIN, DAYMOND LANGKOW) 17:40 2ND PRD: VAN - (PP) PETER SCHAEFER 6 (BILL MUCKALT, MARKUS NASLUND) 1:03 VAN - MARKUS NASLUND 5 (MARK MESSIER, BILL MUCKALT) 3:05 3RD PRD: VAN - (EN) MARK MESSIER 4 (UNASSISTED) 18:48 POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: VAN - 1 OF 2, PHI - 1 OF 5. SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL --- --- --- ----- VAN 9 5 8 22 PHI 14 10 11 35 GOALIES: VAN - KEVIN WEEKES PHI - JOHN VANBIESBROUCK OFFICIALS: REF - KOHARSKI LIN - HENDERSON, SCHACHTE ATT: 19,465