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Canucks 5, Thrashers 3

March 18, 2001

ATLANTA (AP) _ Mattias Ohlund’s power-play goal with 11:19 left broke a tie as Vancouver snapped a seven-game winless streak with a 5-3 victory over Atlanta on Sunday.

The Canucks, playing their first game since leading scorer Markus Naslund was lost for the season with a broken right leg, maintained fifth place in the Western Division standings, moving two points ahead of idle Edmonton.

The Thrashers ended a five-period scoring drought with three goals in the second period, but lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Dan Cloutier made 29 saves, and held off Atlanta on a two-man power-play in the final three minutes.

Vancouver’s Todd Bertuzzi opened the scoring midway through the first period, taking a pass from Brendan Morrison and beating goalie Norm Maracle. Maracle sprawled on the ice to smother the puck in the crease, but it trickled past him.

Atlanta tied it 3:18 into the second period, with Herbert Vasiljevs beating Cloutier off a rebound.

Vancouver regained the lead on Andrew Cassels’ goal at 7:06, but Brett Clark countered at 13:14 and Patrik Stefan put Atlanta in front at 14:30. Vancouver’s Trent Klatt tied it again with 2:14 left in the period.

Klatt also had an empty-net goal with 25 seconds left.

Notes: Maracle turned away a penalty shot by Cassels in the final minute of the second period. ... Ray Ferraro’s assist on Atlanta’s first goal tied him for 85th on the NHL scoring list with Brian Leetch at 854 points.

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