Vancouver 3, Toronto 3 (ot)

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TORONTO (TICKER) —After Owen Nolan took his new home by storm, Todd Bertuzzi took over.

Nolan scored twice in his Toronto Maple Leafs debut, but Bertuzzi showed why he is considered the best power forward in the NHL by rallying the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-3 tie.

With Vancouver trailing, 3-1, Bertuzzi scored an acrobatic power-play goal - his second of the game - 6:04 into the third period and helped set up Henrik Sedin’s equalizer with 9:17 left in regulation.

“We got an All-Star performance from Todd tonight,” Canucks coach Marc Crawford said. “He found a way to get a point out of this game. We needed someone to pull us up. I thought he was magnificent.”

Bertuzzi set a career high with his 37th and 38th goals, helping the Canucks finish a 1-2-1-1 road trip and move within a point of Dallas for first place in the Western Conference.

“It was a gutty effort by our group, especially when we were down, 3-1, in the third,” Crawford said. “It was nice to persevere. I’m really, really proud of the way they played tonight. It was a long road trip.”

Acquired on Wednesday from San Jose, Nolan made his Leafs debut a successful one, scoring late in the first period and early in the third for a 3-1 lead.

“It was only one game, but it was fun,” said Nik Antropov, who centered Nolan and Mikael Renberg. “He brings some kind of energy with him. Even in the warmup, you felt the energy in the whole building.”

Nolan was critical of his own performance.

“It’s nice to get two goals, but I really don’t think I played that well,” he said. “I made a few mistakes out there, and one of the main reasons they scored their first goal was that I was out of position.”

Shayne Corson also scored for the Maple Leafs, who had their winless streak extended to 0-3-1. They did creep within three points of Philadelphia for the fourth seed in the East.

“It would have been nice to get a win, but we’ll take a tie, I guess,” Nolan said.

Corson opened the scoring 5:31 into the opening period, but Bertuzzi tied it just 29 seconds later, taking Brendan Morrison’s backhand feed at the bottom of the left faceoff circle and going forehand to backhand before beating Ed Belfour.

Nolan gave Toronto its second lead on the power play with 1:41 left in the first, getting the shaft of his stick on Robert Reichel’s shot in the low slot to redirect the puck past Peter Skudra.

After a scoreless second period in which Vancouver held a 9-1 advantage in shots, Nolan made it 3-1 at 2:26 of the third, finishing off a 2-on-1 with Renberg by driving to the right goalpost for a redirection.

“Owen had a good game, he knocked a couple in,” said Leafs coach Pat Quinn, who guided Vancouver to the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. “He played his style and it was pretty effective for him.

“He started high and I hope his stay in Toronto finishes high as well.”

Bertuzzi drew the Canucks within a goal on the power play with 13:56 left in regulation. Belfour stopped defenseman Ed Jovanovski’s shot with his chest, but Bertuzzi backhanded the rebound into the net while falling to his knees.

“Todd played great tonight,” Canucks captain Markus Naslund said. “When he’s playing his power game, he’s so tough to stop. He’s a force out there. I think he’s the reason why we got a point tonight. It was a great time for him to step up.”

“We tried to contain him, but he’s a big guy and he’s going to get chances,” Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe said. “And he buried his chances tonight.”

Bertuzzi also started the play that led to the tying goal. He crossed the blue line on the right side and waited before feeding Jovanovski in the left circle. Jovanovski’s cross-ice pass found a streaking Sedin, who hit a vacant net.

McCabe had the best scoring chance in overtime, during which Toronto had four of the five shots, but he missed the net from the slot on a feed from former Canuck Alexander Mogilny.

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Goalie Team Shot Save
Peter Skudra VAN 19 16
Ed Belfour FLA 33 30