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Grudge (re)match full of goals, not fights

3/4/2004

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

Defensemen 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 he picked it up and passed to Naslund in
front. It was Naslund's first goal since Feb. 2.

Game notes
Colorado C Peter Forsberg missed his eighth straight game because of a groin injury, but RW Dan Hinote returned after missing 14 games with a concussion. ... The tie ended Vancouver's three-game winning streak. ... With 14 career hat tricks, Sakic moved past Michel Goulet for second in franchise history, behind only Peter Stastny (16). ... Tanguay's other five-point game also came against the Canucks, on Jan. 18, 2001. ... Morrison scored his first short-handed goal of the season and fifth of his career.