VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Markus Naslund gave the Vancouver Canucks
all the offense they needed.
Naslund scored his fourth goal of the game 24 seconds into overtime to give
the Canucks a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.
"I haven't been scoring as much as I want to and the key is to get the
timely goals and the game-winners," said Naslund, back in the lineup after
missing a game Saturday against Minnesota because of a groin injury.
Naslund ended the game with his team-leading 15th goal of the season,
beating Marc-Andre Fleury through the legs.
"I felt that I could handle the skate and I was just a little bit sore,"
Naslund said. "But my skating felt good."
Todd Bertuzzi had three assists and Johan Hedberg made 14 saves to help the
Canucks break a three-game winless slide and regain a share of the top spot in
the Western Conference.
Naslund tied it at 1 by completing a pretty three-way passing play with Todd
Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison 3:29 into the second, then tied it again 10
minutes later on a sharp-angle power-play shot off another feed from Bertuzzi.
Naslund completed his ninth career hat trick by breaking a 2-2 tie 7:08 into
the third period, banging in a loose puck after a wild scramble in front of
"It's definitely good for your confidence, that's for sure and just shows
it's important to shoot the puck," Naslund said. "But more than that it was
good we came up with a win even though we didn't play a good game."
Milan Kraft scored his second goal of the game with 7:19 left in the third
period to force overtime and give Pittsburgh its first point through four games
of a five-game road trip.
Drake Berehowsky also scored for the Penguins, who have lost six of their
last seven games.
"I can't describe as a coach how pleased I am with my guys," Penguins
coach Ed Olczyk said. "We don't get a lot of respect. You battle a team like
that, that's a way to earn respect."
Fleury made 33 saves in his last start for the Penguins before joining the
Canadian team for the World Junior Championships.
"Hopefully it won't be like this when I'm there, the same guy scoring four
goals," Fleury said. "He's a great player and a tough guy to stop."
Vancouver goalie Dan Cloutier injured his groin during the morning skate,
leaving Hedberg to start consecutive games for the first time since the Canucks
acquired him from Pittsburgh in an August trade.
With Cloutier unable to back up, and their minor league teams unable to
provide a goalie in time, the Canucks dressed Canadian university goalie Chris
Levesque as a backup. For a while it looked as through Levesque, a 23-year-old
goalie from the University of British Columbia, might also have to play.
Hedberg had his mask knocked off in a hard collision with Konstantin Koltsov
while diving for a loose puck late in the first period and was down on the ice
for several minutes while Levesque looked on from the bench.
"A little bit of fear, a little bit scared, trying to play it calm on the
bench," Levesque said of his thoughts at the time. "Luckily, he wasn't hurt
Hedberg, who was fortunate Kelly Buchberger shot wide at an empty net
guarded only by defenseman Sami Salo as the play continued, kept playing
despite jamming his left hand on the play.
"It wouldn't be fair to Chris either," said Hedberg, whose wrist was
noticeably swollen after the game. "He got the call an hour before the game.
Levesque, a third-year student who was dragged out of the library where he
was studying for a Wednesday morning exam, enjoyed his brief stint in the NHL.
"All the guys were really friendly and introduced themselves, as if I don't
know who everyone is in here anyways," he said.