UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Todd Bertuzzi stuck it to the New York
Islanders again, as if they weren't down enough.
Bertuzzi, a former Islanders' first-round pick, scored three
goals to reach 500 NHL points and lead the Vancouver Canucks to an
8-1 victory Saturday night.
He scored twice on Vancouver's first three shots en route to his
fifth career hat trick and helped chase goalie Rick DiPietro.
The good feeling the Islanders generated Thursday night in
interim coach Brad Shaw's NHL debut was lost quickly as the Canucks
built a three-goal lead in the first 11 minutes. Vancouver scored
three more goals in the second period, two against DiPietro and one
against Wade Dubielewicz -- nine seconds after he came in.
"Bert was dominant especially early on when it mattered most,"
said Alex Auld, who earned first-star honors by making 36 saves.
"You could tell it was an inspired effort."
Shaw, who will coach the team the rest of the season, led the
Islanders over Calgary on Thursday just hours after predecessor
Steve Stirling was fired and general manager Mike Milbury said he
would step down once a replacement is found.
New York lost for the ninth time in 11 games. It was the
Islanders' worst defensive effort at home this season and
Vancouver's best on offense overall.
"We played Calgary with emotion and desire, and we didn't have
any of that tonight," forward Mark Parrish said. "Mentally,
either we weren't prepared or we weren't thinking out there. This
theme is getting old."
If the score wasn't bad enough, the bulk of the damage was done
by Bertuzzi, who had his second three-goal game since returning
from a 17-month suspension for punching former Colorado forward
Steve Moore in the head.
Bertuzzi, the Islanders' top pick in 1993, was traded to
Vancouver during his third season in what is widely considered one
of Milbury's worst deals in his decade-long tenure. New York
received Trevor Linden, who spent one-plus seasons with the
Islanders and is now back with the Canucks.
"Obviously there is still something there from what happened
way in the past but it's not something that I think about," said
Bertuzzi, who has 213 goals and 501 points.
The 14,203 fans in the stands were left to unleash nonspecific
boos at their unproductive team. With Stirling already fired and
Milbury on his way out, there was no remaining villain to chant
against. They resorted to cheers of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" in the third
DiPietro didn't have much chance on several of the goals he
allowed in his second game back after missing five with a knee
injury. In addition to Bertuzzi's two, the U.S. Olympic goalie also
allowed one to Anson Carter at 10:39 of the first.
"We're on a downward slide, and things have to change
quickly," DiPietro said. "It's frustrating. Every time we take a
step in the right direction, we immediately take a step backward."
Auld lost his shutout bid when Alexei Zhitnik scored 2:06 into
the final period.
"This roller coaster thing doesn't work," Shaw said. "We had
only a handful of guys who played to expectations and gave to the
Bertuzzi, who had gone 10 games without a goal, opened the
scoring at 4:29 after Matt Cooke found him with a pass from behind
the net. Bertuzzi scored again 1:46 later, with the right winger
converting on Vancouver's two-man advantage that was created by
DiPietro's delay-of-game penalty.
Carter, who had two goals, stretched the lead to 3-0 after twin
brothers Henrik and Daniel Sedin set him up.
New York held a 12-7 shots advantage in the period. And the
middle frame was worse.
Bryan Allen gave the Canucks a 4-0 lead at 5:35, sending
DiPietro to the bench after making only nine saves on 13 shots.
Vancouver got the puck deep after the ensuing faceoff, and
Dubielewicz went behind the net to play it. He showed indecision
while facing the glass, and Carter swooped in to knock the puck off
his stick and in front to Henrik Sedin, who scored into an empty
Bertuzzi scored his 15th goal, a power-play tally, with 2:26
left in the period and Carter and Jarkko Ruutu scored in the third
period to give the Canucks their fourth win in five games. They
allowed three third-period goals at New Jersey on Friday in a 3-0
"It's something that our team needed," Bertuzzi said. "We
needed to have a breakout like this and get everyone's confidence
Vancouver was 3-for-9 on the power play but was outshot
37-31. ... Before scoring three goals at Detroit last Nov. 13,
Bertuzzi hadn't had a hat trick since March 17, 2003. ... RW Arron
Asham played his 200th game with the Islanders.
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Arena: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Location: Uniondale, New York
Referees: Paul Devorski, Ian Walsh Linesmen: Brian Mach, Thor Nelson
Attendance: 14,205 (87.2% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Todd Bertuzzi (13)
Assists: Matt Cooke, Trevor Linden
Todd Bertuzzi (14)
(Power Play) Assists: Markus Naslund, Nolan Baumgartner
Anson Carter (17)
Assists: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin
Bryan Allen (5)
Assist: Jarkko Ruutu
Henrik Sedin (10)
Assist: Anson Carter
Todd Bertuzzi (15)
(Power Play) Assists: Brendan Morrison, Markus Naslund
Alexei Zhitnik (3)
(Power Play) Assists: Mike York, Miroslav Satan
Anson Carter (18)
(Power Play) Assists: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin
Jarkko Ruutu (8)
Assists: Alex Burrows, Ryan Kesler