NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Detroit
(Wednesday, November 22nd)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Detroit 3 (OT)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Brendan Morrison scored two goals, including the game winner 3:01 into overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks over the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, at Joe Louis Arena.
In the extra session, Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo hit Morrison with an outlet pass, springing the forward into the Detroit zone on a breakaway. From in tight, Morrison quickly snapped a wrister through the legs of Dominik Hasek to win the game for the Canucks.
Ryan Kesler and Markus Naslund also scored for the Canucks, who tallied three unanswered goals to rally from a 3-1 deficit.
"It's a huge character builder," said Kesler. "This team never gives up. You saw it early in the third. We kept going at it and chipping away at their D. We turned it around and won it in overtime."
Roberto Luongo turned aside 27 shots for Vancouver, which has won three straight.
Mathieu Schneider scored a goal and added an assist while Hasek had 26 saves for the Red Wings, who have dropped three straight.
"It's extremely disappointing," said Hasek. "They scored on the first shot, they scored on the last shot. They won the game. You don't expect to lose the game."
Just 18 seconds into the contest, the Canucks made it 1-0 after Kesler netted his third goal of the season. Matt Cooke fired a shot from the slot that was stopped and Kesler banged the rebound home from in close.
Detroit tied the game at 1-1 after Schneider batted a rebound from a Robert Lang shot out of mid air and into the net at 9:24 of the first.
A power-play goal by Niklas Lidstrom gave the Red Wings a 2-1 edge at 12:05 of the first. Lidstrom fired a wrister from the left circle that beat a screened Luongo on his short side.
With a minute remaining in the second period, Daniel Cleary grabbed a rebound at the left side of the crease and on his backhand, lifted the disc over Luongo's left shoulder to make it 3-1 in favor of Detroit. The goal was Cleary's 50th career tally in the NHL.
Vancouver then scored two goals in the first eight minutes of the third period to tie the game at 3-3.
Naslund tallied his 11th goal of the season after taking a pass from Henrik Sedin in front and lifting a wrister into the top right corner of the net 4:50 into the third.
On a 5-on-3 power play, Morrison tied the game at 3-3 scoring his fifth goal of the campaign at 7:23. Mattias Ohlund made a cross-ice pass to Morrison at the right side of the net and his one-timer beat a sliding Hasek.
Both teams had 30 shots and went 1-for-6 on the power play...Detroit forward Johan Franzen left the game in the first period with a head injury and did not return...The Canucks improved to 6-5-1 on the road and will visit Nashville on Thursday...The Red Wings dropped to 6-1-2 at home this season an will host St. Louis on Friday.
11/23 00:40:42 ET