Suspended late in the 2004 season for his violent attack
against Colorado's Steve Moore, Bertuzzi has 15 goals and 28
assists for Vancouver and will play with the Canadian Olympic
team next month.
Bertuzzi recorded his fifth career hat trick and scored his
500th career point in Saturday's 8-1 rout of his former
team - the New York Islanders.
Stuck in a tightly-packed division, the Canucks share second
place with Colorado, trailing Calgary by two points and
leading Edmonton by two.
After scoring one goal in each of their last three games, the
Penguins had their best offensive performance in more than a
week. However, that effort was not enough to prevent their
losing streak from reaching six straight contests.
Ryan Malone, Michele Ouellet, Josef Melichar and Colby
Armstrong scored for Pittsburgh in last Sunday's 5-4 loss to
In their most recent matchup, the Canucks posted a 4-3 win
over the Penguins on December 9, 2003. Pittsburgh has not
beaten Vancouver at home since the 1999-2000 season.