VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Markus Naslund is learning to like
Naslund scored with 47 seconds left in the extra period to give the
Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday night.
It was the fourth straight overtime game for the Canucks and the 10th in
their last 14 games. It also was the second time in the last three that Naslund
scored the winner.
"It's fun to play when it opens up a little bit," said Naslund, who also
scored in overtime against Pittsburgh two games ago. "But we'd like you win in
Against the tight-checking Hurricanes, Vancouver was fortunate to force just
to score in regulation, tying it on Trevor Linden's goal 3:17 into the third
Naslund then scored the winner after Todd Bertuzzi, on a rush he started
behind his net, sent him in on a partial breakaway with a nice flip pass at the
Carolina blue line.
"I tried to skate down pick up a little speed and find a hole and Todd put
it in a good spot and I could skate right in," said Naslund, who faked a move
to the middle, then lifted a shot over goalie Jamie Storr's blocker.
"These guys play a game where you have to be careful not to fall asleep and
let them get their chances. We didn't play the best of games, but came up with
key plays at the right times and ended up getting two points."
Rookie Eric Stall scored his sixth goal of the season for Carolina, which
concluded a four-game Canadian trip at 1-2-0-1. The Hurricanes, who were shut
out 1-0 in Calgary on Thursday night, have scored one goal or less in six of
the last seven games.
"It's frustrating. I thought we played well," Stall said. "I don't know
what it is we're just not able to bear down on our chances and put them into
the back of the net."
Kevin Weekes made 22 saves for Carolina before leaving 8:48 into the third
because of leg cramps. Weekes, who played parts of two seasons in Vancouver,
blamed the lack of a place to dry his wet equipment between periods.
"The equipment's heavy enough when it's dry and it's that much heavier when
it's wet," Weekes said, adding most rinks have a place to dry things out. "I
noticed it after the first and it just continued to get worse."
Storr made eight saves, allowing only Naslund's 16th goal.
"I was sitting in (the locker room) because there's no room on the bench
and the trainer came in and yelled at me," Storr said.
Rookie Alex Auld, making his second straight surprise start after being
called up from Manitoba of the AHL on Tuesday, finished with 30 saves,
including four in overtime, to help the Canucks wrap up a five-game home stand
Auld got the nod in net after regular backup Johan Hedberg, who was
scheduled to start, re-injured his left wrist during the morning skate.
"Mentally it's easier than having been here for a week and sitting on the
bench and getting thrown in," said Auld, who was playing regularly in the
minors before being recalled after No.1 goalie Dan Cloutier injured his groin.