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).
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
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.
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.