NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Chicago
(Friday, March 19th)
Final Score: Chicago 4, Vancouver 3 (OT)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Tyler Arnason scored 1:44 into overtime to post his second career hat trick and give Chicago a 4-3 win over Vancouver at the United Center.
Jim Vandermeer also scored for the Blackhawks, who snapped a seven-game home winless streak (0-5-1-1) and a two-game losing skid overall.
Brendan Morrison, Matt Cooke and Trevor Linden scored for the Canucks, who suffered their second straight loss and are winless in their last four (0-2-1-1). Vancouver earned a point to pull within four points of idle Colorado for the Northwest Division lead.
Michael Leighton made 32 saves for Chicago, which won for the second time in its last 11 overall (2-6-2-1) despite squandering a 3-1 lead.
Bryan Berard started the play on the winning goal with a pass toward the crease to Arnason, who pushed the puck into the net to complete his first hat trick of the season.
"When you throw the puck at the net good things happen," Berard said. "And [Arnason] made a great play."
Morrison scored late in the first period to put the Canucks ahead 1-0. His 19th of the season, a one-timer from the right slot, came on the power play with 2:57 to go in the first.
However, Chicago responded with three goals in the initial seven minutes of the second period against Johan Hedberg.
Arnason scored twice, first on the power play at 1:37 on a wrist shot, then at 4:30 on a wrister from just outside the left post.
Vandermeer's fourth of the season, on a slap shot from the right point on the power play, staked the Blackhawks to a 3-1 lead at the 6:53 mark.
Vancouver got within 3-2 at the second intermission on a power-play score by Cooke with 6:16 to play in the second. Daniel Sedin and Geoff Sanderson assisted on the goal, which was set up by a high-sticking penalty against Travis Moen.
Hedberg left after permitting the trio of goals on 15 shots.
Early in the third period, Linden's 14th goal of the season, on a wrist shot from between the circles, forged a 3-3 tie for the Canucks.
"We have to put out a 60 minute effort," Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo said. "We haven't been doing that. This should be a wakeup call. This is the time of year when we should be at the top of our game, not worrying about mistakes."
Alex Auld, who finished with 19 saves, turned away 12 shots in the third period to force overtime.
Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak to Vancouver and registered its first win in the season series after three straight losses (1-1-0-2)...The Canucks, who went 2-for-4 on the power play, fell to 2-4-3-1 in their last 10 overall.
03/19 23:46:12 ET