Canucks get shootout win

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:32 AM ET

If this game was a measuring stick for the Senators, goalie Dominik Hasek was worth his weight in gold as Ottawa managed to salvage a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place.

Daniel Sedin, the fourth shooter in the skills contest, beat Hasek on the stick side to give the Canucks the two points after Mike Fisher couldn't cash in, but it didn't ruin Hasek's standout performance.

Hasek also got beat in the shootout by Todd Bertuzzi just moments after captain Daniel Alfredsson had beat Alex Auld for the Senators' lone goal in the shootout.

"We weren't at our best," Alfredsson said. "We didn't play the way we were capable of playing and Hasek kept us in the game.

"He got us the point."

Ottawa was outshot 38-23 and Hasek was the biggest reason the club made it to the shootout. He stopped just about everything fired his way -- including one with his head in the third period.

Rookie scores first goal

Rookie defenceman Andrej Meszaros, with his first NHL goal, and Peter Schaefer scored in regulation for the Senators, who will face the Flames tonight in Calgary as this three-game road trip continues.

Meszaros fired a shot from the point that hit two Canucks players -- including defenceman Bryan Allen -- at 5:01 of the third to tie it 2-2 and give the Senators a chance at victory.

The Senators have been trying to get the power play to be consistent on the road all season and this was no different. They had chances and couldn't do anything with them while having to shut down Vancouver.

Ottawa players found themselves trailing after 40 minutes and every call by the officials was good. That meant the Canucks had plenty of chances and Hasek had to come up with some big stops.

How bad was it?

Well, the line of Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Alfredsson hardly had a chance to play together because Ottawa allowed the Canucks to have nine power-play chances in the first two periods.

Auld sharp

Auld deserves some credit. He made a point-blank save on Heatley in the first period that could have changed the tide for the Senators.

Hasek didn't look good on the second goal of the night by Vancouver centre Henrik Sedin.

With brother Daniel skating in alone, Hasek decided to make one of his classic rushes out to stop the puck.

It didn't work. Hasek ended up red-faced as he went sliding, the puck went by him and the only guy Henrik Sedin had to beat was defenceman Chris Phillips, who didn't look good playing goalie.

Markus Naslund also scored for Vancouver.


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