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Canucks' goals from unlikley sources

10/10/2003

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks got one
goal from a familiar source, and three more from unlikely ones.

Fourth-line center Artem Chubarov scored and set up Jarkko Ruutu's insurance tally to give the Vancouver Canucks a 4-1 season-opening win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

Rookie Jason King scored his first NHL goal, and all-star Todd Bertuzzi added one for Vancouver. Dan Cloutier made 22 saves for
the Canucks.

"You look at the scoring we got from some unlikely sources
tonight -- that's very, very positive," Canucks coach Marc Crawford
said. "It certainly wasn't textbook, but a lot of the things we've
been talking about and preaching, about getting a little more
balance in our group, came through tonight."

So did the power play, as Vancouver converted its first two
chances for a 2-0 first period lead.

First, Brendan Morrison drew a pair of defenders behind the net
and threaded a perfect pass to Bertuzzi at the top of the crease,
where he one-timed a shot past Turek.

Then the fourth line went to work for Vancouver.

Chubarov doubled the lead with a second left in the second power
play, pouncing on a loose puck in the high slot and lifting a shot
over Turek. The goalie was lying prone on the ice after a scramble
in the crease with Brad May.

"Our guys did a great job in front of the net, that's why we
scored," Chubarov said.

Chris Clark made it 2-1 with a power play goal at 15:16 of the
second, but Ruutu restored the two-goal cushion less than three
minutes later. Ruutu redirected Marek Malik's slap pass after some
nice work by Chubarov and May to keep possession of the puck.

"That was a big team effort, one of the better ones we've ever
had," Ruutu said. "Obviously, our top line gets a lot of
attention, but they deserve it. It's nice for them not to have the
pressure on and not to have to score every night. We have to spread
it around a little."

King, who surprised many by making the team, rounded out the
scoring midway through the third after a pretty passing play
between identical twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin turned a
three-on-two at the blue line into a two-on-none in front of the
net.

"It was one of those plays I just needed to get open and those
guys made a great heads-up play," said King, who failed to score
in eight games with Vancouver last year. "I was probably a little
disappointed not to get it last year, but it s a great way to start
the season.

Turek finished with 22 saves for Calgary.

"We weren't good enough," new Flames captain Jarome Iginla
said. "The way last year ended, the way the preseason ended, we
got into the habit of competing a little harder -- the backcheck,
the forecheck, the emotion -- it wasn't there for us tonight."

The Canucks finished 2-for-5 on the power play. Calgary was
1-for-2.

Vancouver center Mats Lindgren, who missed parts of last season
with a back injury, was a surprise scratch. Veteran Mike Keane, who
signed with the Canucks on Wednesday, and summer free agent signing
Jiri Slegr were also scratched.

Game notes
The Canucks staged a pregame tribute to former coach Roger
Neilson, who died in June. They also held a moment of silence for
Atlanta forward Dan Snyder, who was killed in a car accident. ...
Bertuzzi, whose contract expires after this season, said in the
preseason that negotiations on an extension would end when the
season started. But Canucks general manager Brian Burke said after
the first period the deadline had been extended. ... The Flames
were 2-1-2 against Vancouver last season despite finishing 29
points behind them in the standings. Their only loss was also in
the opening game.