Canucks 1, Maple Leafs 1
Mar. 22, 1998
TORONTO (AP) _ Alexander Magilny scored on a breakaway 62 seconds into the third period to give the Vancouver Canucks a 1-1 tie Saturday night with the Toronto Maple Leafs in a battle of teams fighting for their playoff lives.
Rookie Mike Johnson scored for Toronto, which entered the game six points out of a playoff position in the Western Conference. Vancouver remained two points behind the Leafs.
Jyrki Lumme appeared to score the winning goal on a flip shot from the point at 2:40 of overtime, but the goal was reviewed and disallowed when replays showed Dave Scatchard had both skates in the Toronto crease.
Darby Hendrickson had Toronto's best scoring opportunity of overtime but was stymied by goalie Arturs Irbe. The Maple Leafs had two shots in overtime, the Canucks one.
Toronto matched Vancouver's 26 shots but were 0-for-5 on the power play with no shots on Irbe. Vancouver has the second-poorest penalty killing unit in the league.
Mogilny took a pass from Mattias Ohlund early in the third period and skated in alone on goalie Felix Potvin, beating him with a shot between the legs.
The Maple Leafs now are 20-0-3 when leading after two periods.
The two teams played tentatively and defensively in the first period. Vancouver's best scoring chance _ Pavel Bure on a breakway _ was thwarted when Toronto defenseman Mathieu Schneider made a diving poke check. Jason Smith had Toronto's best opportunity, but his shot from the side of the net was deflected away by Irbe at the last moment.
Johnson's 13th goal of the season came with 51 seconds remaining in the second period. Skating down the left wing, he took a pass from Mats Sundin and fired a low drive under the glove of Irbe.