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Saturday, October 2, 1999
CANUCKS 2, Rangers 1
Weekes stellar in first career win
VANCOUVER (CP) -- Kevin Weekes finally has an NHL victory under his belt.
Weekes made 32 saves for his first NHL win and the Vancouver Canucks won their season opener by beating the New York Rangers 2-1 Saturday night.
Weekes, starting in place of injured Garth Snow, was beaten only by rookie Mike York. He now is 1-13-2 in 23 regular-season games in the NHL.
"Yeah, finally," Weekes said. "It's nice. Some of the guys tried to grab the puck but I think (Theo) Fleury threw it into the stands, so I don't have the real one."
Weekes made several key stops in the third period to preserve the one-goal lead, including a glove save on a Mathieu Schneider slapshot and a pad save on a Fleury wrist shot during a 2-on-1 break seconds later.
Chris Joseph and Markus Naslund scored for Vancouver. Mark Messier had two assists.
Vancouver finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while New York was 0-for-6.
"It was a nice game as far as goalies are concerned," Weekes said. "Our team defence did a really good job, only allowing them to shoot from the perimeter. That really helped me."
The Rangers, who tied Edmonton 1-1 Friday night, outshot the Canucks 33-21, including 26-15 over the first two periods.
"I thought we played pretty hard but didn't get any results," Rangers coach John Muckler said. "Two nights in a row that we haven't gotten any results. I think this team will score eventually but we're not scoring right now."
Muckler laid some of the blame on the top line of Fleury, Petr Nedved and Adam Graves, who so far haven't performed up to expectations.
"They haven't gotten a goal in two games," Muckler said. "You have to think that's not going to go too long. We need more production from our offensive people. We're not getting it at this time."
Joseph opened the scoring at 7:14 of the first period on a power play when he moved in from the point, took a pass from Messier and snapped a wrist shot Mike Richter for his first goal in more than a year.
The Rangers tied the game at 2:53 of the second when York pulled the puck up and over Weekes, who was flat on the ice after making a previous save in a goal-mouth scramble.
Naslund scored the winner at 11:56 of the second, finishing off a 2-on-1 with Bill Muckalt with a wrist shot over Richter's shoulder.
Vancouver defenceman Ed Jovanovski, who missed all of training camp in a contract dispute, made his presence felt on the ice with seven hits.
"I had a lot of adrenaline going tonight," Jovanovski said. "Everybody that suited up tonight put on their hard hats and went to work. We all knew we had to go out there and it definitely made it easier on myself."
SummaryVANCOUVER (CP) -- NHL Saturday night:
1. Vancouver, Joseph 1 (Messier, Schaefer) 7:14 (pp)
Penalties -- Baron Vcr (high-sticking) 2:49, Schneider NYR (high-sticking) 6:51.
2. N.Y. Rangers, York 1 (Leetch, MacLean) 2:53
3. Vancouver, Naslund 1 (Muckalt, Messier) 11:56
Penalties -- MacLean NYR (hooking) 0:33, Bertuzzi Vcr (slashing) 9:07, Baron Vcr (cross checking) 15:04, Baron Vcr (interference) 17:10.
Penalties -- Hawgood Vcr (obstruction holding stick) 4:22, Johnsson NYR (obstruction holding) 6:36, Brashear Vcr (holding) 9:03.
Shots on goal by
Goal -- N.Y. Rangers: Richter (0-1-1); Vancouver: Weeks (1-0-0).
Power plays (goals-chances) -- N.Y. Rangers: 0-6; Vancouver: 1-3.
Referee -- Kerry Fraser. Linesmen -- Lonnie Cameron, Brad Lazarowich.
Attendance -- 17,124.