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Marcus Naslund scored twice and Bill Muckalt and Dave Scatchard tallied 80 seconds apart in the third period to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.


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  • the win, Vancouver moved into a first-place tie atop the Northwest Division with the Edmonton Oilers at 17 points apiece. The Canucks have dominated opponents in the final period this season, holding a 20-9 edge in scoring, including four unanswered tallies in the third period tonight.

    "We take pride in our fitness levels and our training regiment," said Vancouver coach Mike Keenan. "That's why we work so hard, to have something left at the end."

    Naslund evened the contest, 1-1, at 8:20 of the first and capped the scoring on an empty-net goal with 11 seconds remaining. Naslund has scored six goals in his last seven games.

    "I'm pleased with the way we came back," said Naslund. "I feel good and I'm getting the ice time, trying to play like I can. I'm not worried about making mistakes."

    With Vancouver trailing 2-1 entering the third, Muckalt scored just over two minutes in on a feed from behind the net from Adrian Aucoin that was deflected in front by Peter Zezel. Scatchard deflected Bryan McCabe's shot through Anaheim goaltender Dominic Roussel to put Vancouver ahead for good, 3-2.

    "We came out flat in the third," said Anaheim's Paul Kariya. "We turned the puck over and when you do that against a quality squad like Vancouver, they're going to bury it."

    McCabe scored his first goal of the season on a slap shot from the right faceoff circle at 9:11 of the third, beating Roussel to the glove side to give the Canucks a two-goal lead. McCabe last scored on April 9th against Calgary. Mar Messier assisted on the tally, extending his scoring streak to six games.

    Garth Snow made 24 saves for the Canucks, who have won four of six. Vancouver was outshot (26-24) for the 14th time in 15 games this season.

    Anaheim right wing Teemu Selanne was scratched from the starting lineup with a bruised thigh suffered on Wednesday against the Carolina Hurricanes and is listed as day-to-day. Kariya, the club's leading scorer with 18 points, assisted on Marty McInnis' goal, which opened the scoring at 3:36 of the opening period. Kariya has six goals and 11 assists in his last 11 games.

    "It's a huge blow without Teemu," said Kariya. "He plays well in all areas, but we've got to win with the guys we've got, regardless of injuries."

    Roussel made 19 saves for the Ducks, who had a three-game road unbeaten streak snapped. It was Roussel's first start since a 1-0 loss in the season opener against Washington on October 10th. The Ducks were 0-of-5 with the man advantage, failing to score on the power play for the first time in five games.

    The win was the 499th of Keenan's career, placing him one shy of becoming just the sixth coach in NHL history to win 500.

    "I've been fortunate to have great teams," added Keenan. "Players win hockey games, not coaches. I've been fortunate to have been associated with Scotty Bowman and Red Berenson, the great coaches of the game."

    Al Arbour, Toe Blake, Bowman, Dick Irvin and Billy Reay are the only other coaches to reach the milestone.

    Snow made a spectacular save in the game's waning moments, robbing Travis Green of a sure goal. After the Ducks pulled Roussel with under a minute to play, Green fired a wrist shot into what appeared to be an empty net, but Snow somehow managed to catch the puck in midair with a swipe of his stick, steering it away from the net.

    Steve Rucchin, who scored a game-winning overtime goal against Carolina on Wednesday, tallied with 5:19 remaining in the second to give the Ducks a 2-1 advantage.

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