DENVER (AP) _ Mattias Ohlund found the opening, and Markus Naslund fed him
Ohlund and Marek Malik scored third-period goals to rally the Vancouver
Canucks to a 5-5 tie with the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.
Joe Sakic had three goals and an assist for the Avalanche, and Alex Tanguay
had two goals and three assists to tie his career high for points in a game.
Naslund had a goal and two assists, and teammate Todd Bertuzzi had three
The Canucks rebounded from two-goal deficits on three occasions, trailing
2-0, 4-2 and 5-3.
Tanguay put Colorado ahead 5-3 early in the third period with his second
goal, scoring from left of the net after taking a pass from Sakic.
But Vancouver rallied for two goals in less than two minutes.
Malik scored from the slot at 6:08, and Ohlund took a cross-ice pass from
Naslund and scored the tying goal from left of the crease on a power play at
``It was a nice play by Markus,'' Ohlund said. ``It wasn't too hard to put
that one in. He showed good patience. All I had to do was go down to the net
and find an opening.
``We were confident that we had a chance to come back. We made it tough on
ourselves by not playing better defensively.''
Colorado outshot Vancouver 6-0 in overtime, but Dan Cloutier, who had 29
saves, had key stops on Steve Konowalchuk and Paul Kariya.
``We turned the puck over a couple of times early that cost us,'' Canucks
coach Marc Crawford said. ``But I was impressed with the character that our
guys showed coming back from two goals down early and two goals down late.''
The tie left Colorado with a one-point lead over Vancouver in the Northwest
``We didn't get the two points, but I think it was definitely a step in the
right direction,'' said Colorado coach Tony Granato, whose team is 1-5-2-1 in
its last nine games. ``In the past couple of weeks we have had trouble scoring
goals. Tonight, Joe, (Milan) Hejduk and Tanguay led the way.''
It was a rematch of a Feb. 16 game in which a hit by Colorado's Steve Moore
left Naslund with a concussion that forced him to miss three games. That
prompted calls for revenge and even a bounty on Moore by the Canucks.
But with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman looking on, the teams were reasonably
Sakic scored twice to give Colorado a 2-0 lead in the first period, but the
Canucks rallied to tie it.
Tanguay intercepted a pass in the Colorado zone and dropped a pass to Sakic,
who scored from the slot. Sakic got his second goal from the right circle
through a screen.
Vancouver's Brendan Morrison scored a short-handed goal from just inside the
right circle after blocking Teemu Selanne's shot. Brent Sopel tied it with a
shot from the slot with 1:20 remaining in the period.
Tanguay and Sakic scored early in the second period to put Colorado ahead
4-2, but Naslund's late goal made it 4-3.
Tanguay took a pass from Travis Brigley and scored from the crease. Sakic
got his 14th career hat trick and 28th goal of the season by tipping in a pass
from John-Michael Liles on a power play.
With 54 seconds left in the second period, Bertuzzi lost his stick behind
the net, but picked it up and passed to Naslund in front. It was Naslund's
first goal since Feb. 2.