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Canucks-Blackhawks End In A Tie


Adrian Aucoin scored in the third period to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Blackhawks and snap a three-game home losing streak on Sunday night.

Aucoin scored his 16th goal of the season third among NHL defensemen at 1:26. His fluttering shot bounced off the shoulder of Chicago defenseman Doug Zmolek and bounced past goaltender Jocelyn Thibault. Thibault preserved the tie with a point-blank save off Canucks leading scorer Markus Naslund at 1:20 of the overtime period.

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  • Alexander Mogilny also scored for the Canucks, who fell out of playoff contention while going 1-3-1 during a five-game homestand. The Canucks scored just seven goals in the five games.

    Eric Daze and Ethan Moreau scored for Chicago and Doug Gilmour had two assists. Chicago, in last place in the Western Conference, is unbeaten in three consecutive road games.

    Daze gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead at 14:07 of the second period after taking a pass from Gilmour. The veteran center swooped over the Canucks' blue line and dropped a pass to Daze, whose 30-foot wrist shot went through the pads of goaltender Garth Snow for his 14th goal.

    The Canucks opened the scoring at 2:43 of the first period when rookie Josh Holden set up Mogilny. Holden, just called up from Syracuse of the American Hockey League, faked veteran defenseman Chris Chelios and fed Mogilny in front of the Chicago net.

    Mogilny easily beat Thibault with a backhand shot to the top corner. It was just the seventh goal of the season for the former two-time 50-goal scorer.

    The Blackhawks tied the game at 15:39 of the period after a turnover in the Vancouver end by defenseman Ed Jovanovski. Jean-Yves Leroux intercepted Jovanovski's clearing pass and sent the puck toward the Vancouver net.

    Gilmour was stopped by Snow befoe Moreau tapped in a loose puck for his ninth goal.

    The Canucks played without forward Todd Bertuzzi, out with a leg injury.

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