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NHL Hockey Scoreboard: Recap
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Washington 4, Vancouver 3
Posted: Thursday February 15, 2001 02:39 AM
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Adam Oates scored his second goal of the game with 41 seconds left in overtime as the Washington Capitals extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

The Capitals blew a two-goal lead in the third period, but Oates helped them remain unbeaten on a six-game road trip.

Defenseman Sylvain Cote spotted Oates behind his defender and hit him with a perfect pass at the Canucks' blue line. Oates moved into the right faceoff circle and fired a slap shot that beat goaltender Dan Cloutier to the stick side.

"It was a great pass by Coco (Cote). It just went over the d-man's stick," Oates said. "It gave me lots of time and I made a great shot."

Goalless in six games since January 28, Oates scored his 10th of the season and third game-winner. He also extended his points streak to six games and won 26-of-35 faceoffs.

Defenseman Calle Johansson and Peter Bondra added power-play tallies for Washington, which is 6-0-2-0 during the streak and 4-0-1-0 on the road trip that ends on Saturday in Montreal.

"We went on this trip, a six-game road trip that everybody said was going to do us in. The first five teams, we haven't beaten on the road in forever. To come up with four wins and a tie west of the Mississippi is quite an accomplishment," Caps coach Ron Wilson said.

Todd Bertuzzi almost singlehandedly helped Vancouver secure a point. He sandwiched an assist between two goals, including the tying tally with 2:06 left in regulation.

But the Canucks are winless in their last three games (0-1-1-1) after winning four of five.

"It ended up being a special teams game," Vancouver coach Marc Crawford said. "They're (Washington) playing with a lot of confidence on their power play. They're playing a good brand of hockey right now with the lead. I've got to give them credit."

The Capitals took a 3-1 lead into the third period, but Brendan Morrison scored the game's fifth straight power-play goal at 4:53.

Bertuzzi got the equalizer in the closing minutes when he deflected Markus Naslund's harmless-looking flip from the left point.

"To get goals in this league you have to go to the net. Sometimes you have to go back to the basics," said Bertuzzi. "We can hold our heads up high. We played a solid game. They got three power-play goals. At 5-on-5, we played with them."

Johansson opened the scoring with 49 seconds left in the opening period, but Bertuzzi tied it 7:15 into the second.

Bondra broke the deadlock with 4:42 left in the period, skating from his own zone to the left faceoff circle before putting a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Cloutier, who was making his first Canucks' start.

"Sometimes, you have to give the shooter credit," Cloutier said. "He made a good shot."

Naslund was penalized for holding at 18:42 and Oates cashed in with three seconds left in the period. After Cloutier stopped shots by Bondra and Chris Simon, Oates lifted a rebound over the crouching goalie's right shoulder.

"I thought there were a couple of weak calls tonight," Crawford said. "The call on Daniel Sedin was a dive and Nazzie's penalty, the guy was holding his stick the whole time. I didn't expect that from veteran officials."


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