The Whalers came from behind in the third to
tie the Canucks 4 - 4 in Vancouver.
Geoff Sanderson scored on a rebound at 4:48 of the
first. Assists to Zalapski and Verbeek.
Nedved tied it up , faking out Whitmore , after getting
a behind the back pass from Fergus. Linden also got an
assist. This was a power play goal.
Just a few minutes later Cliff Ronning got bashed
in the face by Kastelic's stick. As Ronning sat on the ice
bleeding from the mouth , Bergemon passed to Hunter on the
left side and he beat McLean high from the left circle.
No penalty was called , the play wasn't stopped.
Linden tied it up at 9:59 on a nice pass from Courtnall
as Linden drove to the net.
The first minute of the second period scared most fans
as Robert Dirk was taken off the ice with a knee injury.
At first it looked real serious , but the latest info
is that its a strain and Dirk may only miss 10 days.
Adams scored a power play goal at 3:19. He came
down the right side , used Bure as a decoy , cut
to the slot between two Whalers and slapped it home.
Babych and McLean got assists.
Kastelic and Odjick wrestled around a bit, but no real
punches were thrown.
At 15:32 Walters scored a shorthanded goal. Admas came
down the right side, passed it back to Lidster , who
made a beautiful pass to Walters who was streaking in
on the left side. Walters buried it up high.
Sandlak and Houda got into a fight and Sandlak smoked him
with a couple.
4 - 2 after two for the Canucks.
In the third Odjic and Kastelicwent at it again, and Gino
smoked him 3 or 4 good rights and threw him to the ice.
At 6:00 Corriveau got a fluke goal. Gillis shot it from
the right side , and McLean directed it out. The puck
hit Corriveau in the legs and bounced in.
Zalapski tied it up halfway through the period
right after a face-off.
The Canucks had the best chances for the rest of the
game and in OT but couldn't get the winner.
3 stars picked by former Canuck and Whalers goalie
John Garrett: Adams , Zalapski, Linden.
This was not a terribly exciting game , but the Canucks
shouldn't have let the Whalers come back.
Good news was Sergio Momesso's return . This was his
first game since Dec. 3rd.
Bad news was Dirk's injury.