Sakic's hat trick ties up Canucks
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"We wanted to outwork them tonight," said Tanguay. "When things are not going well, we find ways to dig ourselves a hole."
Vancouver received goals from five different players.
"We went head to head with their top line and it made for a really entertaining game," Bertuzzi said.
The other three tallies were all scored by defensemen as
Colorado still leads Vancouver by one point for the Northwest Division lead.
"I thought we battled real hard today," said Aebischer. "I am disappointed in the way I played. I did not make any big saves. There were two goals tonight that shouldn't have gone in and that was the difference."
Both teams had good scoring chances to take home the win in the extra frame.
About a minute later, Naslund missed the net from the left hash on a 3-on-1 rush after a feed by Bertuzzi.
Leading 4-3 after two, Tanguay's 24th goal re-established the two-goal margin just 1:20 into the third frame off a tremendous feed from Sakic on an odd-man rush.
Malik, standing at the left post, backhanded home the rebound of a shot off the stick of Morrison 6:08 in, and Naslund found Ohlund in the slot at 7:50 for the tying marker. With Tanguay in the box for tripping, Ohlund lingered behind the defense on the weak side, and Naslund sent over a cross-ice feed from the right circle for the easy tap-in.
"It was a great play by Markus," said Ohlund. "I just went to the net and found an opening."
Sakic scored twice in an eight-minute span in the opening stanza to stake the
On the first, Tanguay dropped the puck back between his legs to Sakic, who wristed one low to the stick side behind Cloutier from the slot. He netted his 27th of the season with 8:58 left when he skated out from the right boards and beat Cloutier from the right circle.
Vancouver, down a man, answered just 3:05 later when Morrison skated down the right wing and fired a shot against the grain that went over the blocker of Aebischer inside the left post.
Sopel's ninth, on a wrister from the right hash with 1:20 left in the first, evened the score at 2-2.
After Colorado received an early second-period goal from Tanguay when
Naslund netted his 31st of the campaign with just 54 ticks left in the stanza to pull Vancouver within one heading into the third period.