Canucks beat Devils

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Todd Bertuzzi scored with 8:36 to play and the Vancouver Canucks beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 breaking a four-game winless streak.

Jason Arnott appeared to have tied the game at the final buzzer, but the green light had come on and referee Stephen Walkom waved off the goal after consulting with replay officials.

"We caught a break there, I guess, but I thought we played pretty well against one of the better teams in the league," Vancouver center Mark Messier said. "We played with a lot of heart tonight and it was one of our better games in awhile."

Bertuzzi's game winner was spectacular. After taking a pass in the slot from Mark Messier, Bertuzzi faked Martin Brodeur out of position with a 180-degree spin and flung a backhander into an open net.

"I knew exactly what I was going to do," Bertuzzi said. "I was too far to the lefthand side to get a shot off. I kind of knew he (Brodeur) was gonna be cheating over there. It was the only play he had. I knew if I went back door that it was gonna be open."

The Devils fell to 0-3-1 in their last four games, blowing leads in all three losses and their record at home fell to just 11-10-5.

I don't know if it's more of a coincidence or not," New Jersey coach Robbie Ftorek. "It's a situation we have to rectify. We have to bear down. We're not playing the same way we play on the road."

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