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Old 03-26-2003, 04:46 PM   #1
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Canucks Duo Has 50/50 Shot At History

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Canucks' duo has 50/50 shot at history

Brendan Morrison must feel like the freak in Vancouver, his lofty 25 goals pale in comparison to the numbers put up by his linemates Todd Bertuzzi and Markus Naslund.
(posted Mar. 26, 4:09PM EST)

VANCOUVER -- The kidding has already started over the race for 50 goals by Vancouver Canucks linemates Todd Bertuzzi and Markus Naslund.
Their centre Brendan Morrison, with a mere 25 goals, had the best line.

“He said if we're both at 49 and we all go in for an empty-netter, he'll roof one,” Bertuzzi said with a laugh during a conference call Wednesday.

Opposing goaltenders find nothing funny about the destruction of their statistics by the Canucks top line this season.

With five games left on their schedule, Naslund leads the league with 99 points, including 45 goals. Bertuzzi, who has 94 points, leads in goal-scoring with 46.

They have a shot at becoming the first NHL teammates each to score 50 goals in a season since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr did it for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1995-96.

Lemieux, with 69 goals that year, and Jagr, with 62, are also the last teammates to post 100-point seasons together.
No two Canucks have ever accomplished either feat.

“It would be pretty neat for the team and the line if we finish at 50,” said Bertuzzi, 28, the trio's six-foot-three, 235-pound power winger. “But most important, it hasn't taken away from our team play.

“We're a pretty unselfish line and I think that's why we've been successful.”
The Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in points and the Rocket Richard Trophy for leading in goals are within reach.

But there is fear that Bertuzzi and Naslund may split what could be the closest voting in years for the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player, clearing the way for another candidate to win.

Colorado Avalanche centre Peter Forsberg, with 96 points and counting after missing the regular season last year with injuries, is another leading candidate for the Hart, as are Boston centre Joe Thornton (95 points), Lemieux (89) and New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur, to name a few.

“We set goals as a team,” said Bertuzzi. “But obviously, with the way we've been playing, individuals will succeed, too.”

Competition for awards or the scoring title has not been a strain on their relationship, however.

“Markus and I are friends off the ice,” he added. “We're competitive.
“We want to bring the best out of each other. That's why we're successful. We push each other hard and that's good for the team.”

When asked who he would choose if he had a vote for the Hart Trophy, Bertuzzi said: “After Markus, I'd probably go for Forsberg.

“I had the opportunity to play with him at the all-star game, which was awesome. It's just for the way he came back for the playoffs last year and how dominant he's been this season.”

The Hockey News this week took a poll of one player from each of the 30 NHL clubs on who should get the Hart. Naslund was the clear winner.

The Pearson Trophy is also awarded annually to the MVP as elected by his fellow players. It usually ends up being the same as the Hart winner, but last year it was split, with Montreal's Jose Theodore taking the Hart and Calgary's Jarome Iginla winning the Pearson.

The slick Naslund and the bruising Bertuzzi will be candidates for that one, too.

The Canucks, who are only two points shy of the team record of 101 points in a season set in 1992-93, meet only one playoff bound team -- Anaheim -- over their final five games, which could be conducive to scoring goals.

Vancouver plays host to Phoenix on Thursday, then hits the road for games in Los Angeles, Anaheim and Phoenix before ending the season at home April 6 against the Kings.

And Bertuzzi is hot, winning NHL player of the week honours last week when he scored six goals and added two assists in three games. He leads the league with 25 power-play goals, including one in a 4-3 loss to Dallas on Tuesday night.

Notes: The Canucks' last 50-goal scorer was Pavel Bure with 51 in 1997-98. Their last 100-point man was Alexander Mogilny with 107 in 1995-96.

© The Canadian Press, 2002
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would be awesome if either of them got it, but i dont think it will happen that way. forsberg will get it, because of the vote split.
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So do you think they'll share the Richard Trophy? It would be cool if one got the scoring title (I'm thinking Naslund), while the other got the Richard Trophy for most goals (Bertuzzi). It would also be cool if they shared the Richard Trophy, as well as the Art Ross!! Could you imagine? If that happened, and then Forsberg walked away with the Hart, can you imagine the upheaval in Vancouver?
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ya, especially because vancouver is an obsessive hockey town. pretty much the reason why pavel bure wanted out so badly. poor guy - doesnt want to be seen on the streets. give me a break.

hes still my favorite player of all time though...

i agree, it would be great if bert got the richard trophy and nazzie got the art ross.

do you have a problem with gallagher?
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Tony Gallagher? He's always good for a laugh. He just likes to stir shit up. Why, what has he been up to lately?
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Gallagher... can't beat Landsberg baby!!! .
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always liked Brendan Morrison, was sad to see him go but it did pay off for the Devs in a big way as it is for the Canucks now
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Who did you guys get for him again? I think Mogilny was part of that package, if I remember. Was there someone else, too? I know you then traded Mogilny. Who did you get for him? I'm bad with remembering trades.

By the way, Wanderer, I've always wondered: do you also cheer for the Capitals? You live in Washington DC, right?
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Mogilny for Morrison (and Denis Pederson)

Devils won the Cup with Mogilny's help; he eventually signed with Toronto before last season

would be nice to have Morrison these days, but you cant argue against winning a Cup (and almost 2 as you may recall)

no, I dont cheer for the Caps, I moved to the DC (though I actually live in Alexandria, Virginia) in 2000 from New Jersey...
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Sorry, but I must ask: did you ever see Gretz play live when he played for the Rangers? If so, you lucky bastard! You don't even like him, but you had such great opportunity! Have you ever watched a game at Madison Square Garden? If I could have only switched cities with you for a year or two...
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yeah but I would have prefered to have seen Gretzky play in the 80s, as my friend did. he had tickets to the classic Flyers/Oilers Cup Finals Series in '87

how does that make you feel?

oh, I never said I didnt like Gretzky, I said Lemieux was my boy growing up, probably because I got to see so many of his games against the local teams: Philly, NJ and NY

maybe my image of Lemieux was inflated from watching him torch some sorry ass NJ teams in the 80s
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The same NJ teams that were part of the "Mickey Mouse organization"? Mwahaha! Joking, joking.

And yes, about your friend who had tickets to the 87 finals. He's a bastard too.

As for Lemieux: He was unbelievable in the 90s. A marvel to watch. He could do things that Gretz only dreampt of, I'll admit. Gretz could also do some things though that I'm sure Mario dreampt of, so all was fair in that respect. Two different players, who played totally differently, though both saw the ice from above. Players like that come usually once in a lifetime. I can't believe they both showed up only a few years apart.
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and it's amazing how much the game has changed (for the worse I believe) since the late 80s early 90s...

yes, the Devils were a joke until the '88 playoffs and then struggled some more until Lemaire arrived in '93
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Yes, I do miss the free-flow of the 80s and even early 90s. Those were the days. However, I believe if Mario and Gretz were in their primes today, they'd still be dominating, despite how defensive minded game has become. Obviously not in the 200 point range like they did in the 80s, but I'm sure they'd be blowing away Naslund and Forsberg, let's put it that way. Hell, if Mario hadn't been injured this year, he'd be running away with it at the age of 37! If Mario and Gretz were 25 years old today, they'd both be in the 145 point range right now, in my opinion (compared to the 100 point range where everyone else is).
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