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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Whalers Throw Tantrum as Canucks Score 6

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HARTFORD, Connecticut -- The Hartford Whalers are mere toddlers in terms of first-place experience. Wednesday night, they acted like it.

They got a little frustrated because Vancouver Canucks goaltender Corey Hirsch wouldn't give them a goal and referee Terry Gregson wouldn't give them a call. So, like a pack of nap-deprived preschoolers, they threw a gang tantrum.

There was no pacifier.

The Whalers were frustrated 6-2 before a frustrated crowd of 14,289 at the Civic Center.

It was quite a game for the first two periods, before the Whalers started throwing water bottles and Alexander Mogilny started throwing in goals.

Said Mogilny: "Sometimes you get to this point where you get frustrated So,'' Mogilny continued, "I said every time I had a chance, I go. I just schooled them. I played my game and used my instincts.''

Mogilny had two of the Canucks' four goals in the third period.

Mike Ridley also had two goals. Donald Brashear scored his first goal since the 1994-1995 season and ageless Esa Tikkanen added a goal for the Canucks, who charged into second place, behind the Colorado Avalanche, which lost to the New York Rangers, 5-2.

Canadiens 2, Penguins 2. Jaromir Jagr scored shorthanded on a breakaway midway through the third period to help the Pittsburgh Penguins tie the Montreal Canadiens 2-2 Wednesday night.

Marc Bureau had put Montreal ahead 2-1 with a power-play goal at 8:18 of the second period. Petr Nedved scored Pittsburgh's other goal while Brian Savage scored for Montreal.

Senators 2, Capitals 1. In Landover, Maryland, Ron Tugnutt had 31 saves as the Ottawa Senators won their first road game against Washington with a 2-1 victory.

Shaun Van Allen and Lance Pitlick had second-period goals for the Senators while Chris Simon scored for the Capitals.

Rangers 5, Avalanche 2. In Denver, Mark Messier and Pat Flatley each scored two goals and the New York Rangers beat Colorado 5-2, ending the Avalanche's eight-game unbeaten streak at home.

Rangers end their six-game road trip with a pair of wins and a 3-3 record.

Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg, who came into the game tied for the league lead in scoring with 35 points, failed to score as the Avalanche went 0-for-6 on the power play.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)