NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Vancouver
(Thursday, November 20th)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Chicago 2 (OT)
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Sami Salo scored at 2:59 of overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at GM Place.
The Canucks rallied from a 2-0 deficit, with goals from three defensemen, to post their second consecutive win. Vancouver has played four straight overtime games, winning the last two after dropping two, and the club's last eight games have each been decided by one goal (4-4).
Ed Jovanovski and Brian Allen also scored for the Canucks, while Johan Hedberg made 29 saves. Vancouver defensemen have accounted for seven of the club's last eight goals.
Mark Bell and Bryan Berard scored for Chicago, which has lost the first two of a six-game western trip and is 0-3-1-3 in its last seven outings. Craig Anderson stopped 24 shots in defeat.
Hedberg turned aside two Chicago chances just over two minutes into the extra period and Vancouver raced the other way.
Trevor Linden had a shot as he crossed the blue line deflected into the corner and he went to the left point to deny Chicago's clearing attempt. Jason King then picked up the puck at the top of the left circle and backhanded a pass to the right point for Salo, who skated in a few strides and ripped a shot over the glove of Anderson for his fourth goal of the season.
The Canucks dominated the third period, outshooting the Blackhawks 12-2, and tied the game at the 5:59 mark on Allen's first goal of the season. Todd Bertuzzi did most of the work on the goal, as he was tripped and lost the puck while trying to skate through the right circle. Allen snuck in from the point and snapped a shot from the top of the slot past Anderson.
The Blackhawks scored twice in the first period to grab the lead.
Bell scored just 23 seconds into the contest, knocking home the rebound of a Scott Nichol shot for his fourth goal of the season. Berard then cashed in a power play with 4:34 left in the stanza, firing a shot from the point through a screen and past Hedberg for his second goal.
Jovanovski got Vancouver on the board at 3:07 of the second period, scoring his fifth goal of the season. Brent Sopel took a shot from the right boards that Anderson kicked to his right, but the netminder fell while trying to get back into position and Jovanovski rifled the rebound home from the left circle.
The Canucks improved to 9-0-1 at GM Place this season, joining Philadelphia as the only unbeaten clubs on home ice... Vancouver has outscored its opponents 42-20 at home...Allen scored his first goal in 28 games, dating back to last March 6...The Blackhawks were 1-for-7 on the power play and killed off each of Vancouver's six chances with the extra skater...The Canucks have won the last three meetings and improved to 5-1-1 in the last seven matchups with Chicago.
11/21 01:03:04 ET