Canucks get three goals to top Avalanche

Sakic nets No. 500

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2002

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Brendan Morrison and Daniel Sedin scored power-play goals and the Vancouver Canucks overcame Joe Sakic's 500th career goal to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 Wednesday night.

Mattias Ohlund also scored for Vancouver, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Dan Cloutier made 26 saves for the Canucks, who moved back into first place in the Northwest Division with their 12th win in 15 games. Vancouver is one point ahead of Minnesota and nine ahead of Colorado.

Patrick Roy made several spectacular stops and finished with 25 saves, but it wasn't enough for the Avalanche, who have one win in their last six games.

Sakic, who grew up in the nearby suburb of Burnaby, picked up his milestone goal on a power play early in the second period, scoring on a wrist shot off a nifty pass from Derek Morris 4:25 into the second period.

Sakic received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 18,422. Play was halted momentarily, and Sakic's teammates came off the bench to congratulate him as he waved to his parents in the stands.

Sakic became the 31st player to score 500 or more goals. The list includes Maurice Richard, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Marcel Dionne, Guy Lafleur, Frank Mahovlich, Jean Beliveau, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Michel Goulet, Bryan Trottier and Steve Yzerman.

Blackhawks 4, Rangers 3

NEW YORK -- Theo Fleury scored in his return to Madison Square Garden and Eric Daze added three goals in the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Chicago defenseman Nathan Dempsey had a career-high four assists as the Blackhawks dealt the Rangers their fourth straight loss.

Kings 3, Stars 0

DALLAS -- Jason Allison and Adam Deadmarsh each had a goal and two assists, and Jamie Storr got his 14th career shutout as the Los Angeles Kings handed the Dallas Stars their first home defeat in regulation this season.

Dallas had earned at least a point in each of its first 13 home games, going 10-0-2-1. The Stars had an overtime loss to Florida and ties with the New York Rangers and Detroit.

Coyotes 4, Thrashers 2

PHOENIX -- Shane Doan scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and goaltender Brian Boucher made 16 saves as Phoenix rallied from a 2-0 deficit for its first home win in 10 games (1-4-4-1).

Landon Wilson had a goal and an assist, and Danny Markov and Ladislav Nagy also scored for Phoenix.

Oilers 4, Hurricanes 1

EDMONTON -- Mike York scored two goals and Tommy Salo stopped 36 shots as Edmonton scored three goals in an 11-minute span of the second period and won its third straight.

Ryan Smyth and Mike Comrie also scored for the Oilers, who won for the ninth time in 11 games.

Mighty Ducks 3, Capitals 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Defenseman Fredrik Olausson had a goal and an assist in his 1,000th NHL game and Anaheim extended its home unbeaten streak to six games.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 26 saves for his second consecutive shutout, and Pavel Trnka and Andy McDonald also scored for Anaheim.

Washington goaltender Sebastien Charpentier made 27 saves in his second game since being recalled from the Portland of the AHL on Friday.

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