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Klatt scores power-play goal in overtime

4/26/2003

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The biggest goal of Trent Klatt's career wasn't welcome in his home state.

Klatt scored a power-play goal 3:42 into overtime as the
Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in Game 1 of the
second-round series Friday night.

"I don't know if I ever scored a bigger goal in my life," the
former University of Minnesota star and Minnesota North Stars
player said of his first NHL overtime goal.

With Lubomir Sekeras off for high-sticking Henrik Sedin, Klatt
planted himself in the crease and deflected Daniel Sedin's shot
past Manny Fernandez.

"I'm having as much fun as I ever had playing the game of
hockey," Klatt said. "I guess playing against the Wild and
knowing that all the family back home is watching, it's pretty
emotional."

Game 2 is Sunday night in Vancouver.

The Canucks completed a comeback from a 3-1 third-period deficit
when Matt Cooke tied it with 1.2 seconds left in regulation.

"To come back from being down 3-1 against this team, I'm still
kind of in shock," said Klatt, who assisted on the tying goal.

Cooke tied it after Todd Bertuzzi won a faceoff with 8.7 seconds
left. Naslund threw a long backhander on the net, and Cooke scored
his first goal of the payoffs in the ensuing scramble.

"I crashed the net for a rebound and it was underneath him I
think and Klatt pushed his pad and I shoveled it in," Cooke said.
"Todd did a good job on the faceoff and I just wanted to get there
as fast as I could and when I got there it was an empty net."

Wes Walz broke a 1-1 tie with two goals _ both on passes from
Marian Gaborik -- in the first 8:11 of the third period. But Walz
skated into the middle and collided with Gaborik at center ice, and
Naslund scooped up the loose puck and scored his fifth goal in five
games to pull Vancouver within one midway through the period.

"Obviously the turnover for the second goal was a huge momentum
builder for their team," Walz said. "It was a play that can't be
made if you want to have any type of success in the playoffs,
especially with a 3-1 lead."

Sergei Zholtok scored a power-play goal for the Wild, and
Fernandez made 34 saves. It was the third straight overtime game
for the Wild, who won the last two to eliminate Colorado.

"I m pretty happy with the way we played," Wild coach Jacques
Lemaire said.

Ed Jovanovski also scored for the Canucks, who have won four
straight after overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to knock St. Louis
out in the first round.

"After what we went through the last series, it's pretty
awesome," Klatt said.

Game notes
It was the first time Minnesota has surrendered more than
three goals in the playoffs. ... Wild C Jim Dowd missed the game
after returning to New Jersey for the birth of his second child,
but is expected back for Game 2 Sunday night.

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