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Vancouver Canucks 5, Colorado Avalanche 5 FINAL OT @NHLdotcom

DENVER (AP) _ Mattias Ohlund found the opening, and Markus Naslund fed him perfectly.

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 assists.

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 7:50.

``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 Division.

``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 well-behaved.

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.

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