Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Friday, October 18th
Game 2: Thursday, October 24th
Game 3: Saturday, December 28th
Game 4: Sunday, March 30th

Ducks 2

(2-3-0, 6 pts)

Canucks 2

(3-2-0, 9 pts)

10:00 PM ET, October 24, 2002

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
ANA 0 1 1 02
VAN 1 0 1 02

B. Morrison (Canucks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

A. McDonald (Ducks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

T. Linden (Canucks - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Kariya's goal in third allows Ducks to earn tie

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks will miss Adam Oates a lot more than the extra point they could've earned with a victory.

Adam Oates

The Mighty Ducks managed to tie the Vancouver Canucks 2-2 Thursday night, despite losing Oates to a broken left hand.

Oates sustained two breaks when he was slashed while Andy McDonald scored the Ducks first goal, on the power play, 5:46 into the second period.

"I just went to the net and lifted a guy's stick in front and I think I got slashed but I couldn't tell you exactly what happened," said Oates, who was wearing a cast after the game. "I didn't feel anything until I went off. I didn't feel pain, but something was wrong with my finger and I took my glove off and my finger was all twisted."

Oates, who signed with Anaheim as a free agent during the summer after leading the league in assists last year, said X-rays at a local hospital revealed two fractures just above the knuckles.

He is scheduled to return to Anaheim on Friday to see team doctors, but said there was no immediate timeline for his return.

"It's a huge loss for us," said Anaheim captain Paul Kariya after he scored a shorthanded goal in the third period to tie the game. "He's a great player, power-play guy and obviously faceoffs and everything else he does. Hopefully he heals quickly and gets back in the lineup."

Kariya's goal came when he got behind the Vancouver defense, took a nice pass from Steve Rucchin, and roofed a close-range backhand just under the crossbar.

"I've been working on the backhand and that's where I'm going to put it if that's all I have," said Kariya, who has three goals in two games against Vancouver this season. "I was lucky to put the shot where I got it but practice makes perfect, I guess."

Mighty Ducks rookie Martin Gerber made 30 saves for the Mighty Ducks, who also tied the Canucks 2-2 in Anaheim just six days earlier. They are unbeaten in three games (1-0-2).

Brendan Morrison and Jan Hlavac, with his first goal of the season, scored for the Canucks. Vancouver is unbeaten in its last four games with a win and three 2-2 ties.

Vancouver outshot Anaheim 32-17, but Gerber, a 28-year-old rookie from Switzerland, was solid in his second straight start for Anaheim. He made three saves in overtime, and was key to holding the Canucks to no goals in nine power plays.

"It's just two games, it's not a big thing," Gerber said. "There's a lot more work to do. Of course you would be happy to win, but I think we can also be happy with the point."

Morrison opened the scoring with 2:19 left in the first period, wiring a slap shot over Gerber's glove.

McDonald tied it 5:46 into the second with Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo in the penalty box for playing with a broken stick. Niclas Havlid's point shot hit the post, and McDonald beat everyone to the loose puck in the crease and tapped it past sprawling goalie Dan Cloutier.

Hlavac converted a 2-on-1 feed from Todd Warriner with a wrist shot from the same spot as Morrison's goal that also beat Gerber high to the glove side.

Vancouver had several great chances to take the lead on the power play, but the Canucks managed just two shots on their first four man-advantages. The Canucks are without a power-play goal in 23 chances over four games.

"The power play struggled tonight and I guess it cost us the game," Canucks captain Markus Naslund said. "It feels more like a loss than a tie right now. We have to be sharper when we're out there and try to get some direct passes and more shots and try to score that way."

Gerber, who beat Colorado in his first NHL start on Sunday, got a little lucky when Trevor Letowski hit the post on a 2-on-1 with 2:40 left to play. But Gerber made a great stop in tight on Todd Bertuzzi on another 2-on-1 less than a minute later and two more on a Vancouver power play in the final minute of regulation.

Game notes

Kariya's goal extended his point streak to five games (4 goals, 2 assists). It was the third time this season Vancouver yielded a shorthanded goal. ... Vancouver C Trevor Linden returned after missing the last two weeks because of a sprained knee. He was honored in a pregame ceremony for playing his 1,000 game. Linden actually played his 1,000 game late last season, but asked that the ceremony be delayed because the team was fighting for a playoff spot and he didn't want to be a distraction. ... The Canucks sent Fedor Fedorov, the 21-year-old brother of Detroit's Sergei Fedorov, to Manitoba of the AHL to make room for Linden.

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