NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Chicago
(Friday, February 16th)
Final Score: Vancouver 2, Chicago 1 (SO)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Brendan Morrison and Trevor Linden each scored in the shootout to lift Vancouver over Chicago, 2-1, at the United Center.
Matt Cooke scored the lone goal in regulation and Roberto Luongo made 34 saves, plus two more in the shootout for the Canucks, who have won three straight and moved into first place in the Northwest Division two points ahead of Calgary.
"This wasn't our best game," said Luongo. "We need to improve the effort, but it was good to get the win."
Patrick Sharp scored the only goal for the Blackhawks, who have lost two straight games in a shootout. Patrick Lalime made 28 saves for Chicago, which despite the loss has recorded at least a point in three consecutive games.
After Martin Havlat was stopped by Luongo to open the shootout, Linden skated in on Lalime and beat him stick side with a wrister. Martin St. Pierre was then stoned by Luongo and Morrison capitalized by beating Lalime stick side for the victory.
"I didn't know what to expect from St. Pierre," said Luongo of the shootout. "I was lucky to be able to stop it."
"We gave a great effort, especially in the third period," said Lalime. "It was a tight-checking game. We played very well and we just came up short."
The Blackhawks broke the scoreless deadlock early in the third period thanks to a great faceoff win by St. Pierre. Facing Morrison at the left faceoff circle, St. Pierre beat Morrison to the puck, unloading a shot off the drop. Luongo made the initial save, but the rebound found its way out front to Sharp, who hammered it home for the lead 5:14 into the stanza.
Cooke, though, tied the game 5:13 later when he skated into the offensive zone along the left side boards and from the top of the circle riffled a slap per past the stick side of Lalime.
The overtime went back and forth with it ending when Luongo made a save of a Havlat breakaway shot as time expired.
Havlat argued that a penalty shot should have been given, feeling that he was hooked enough off the puck to call one. However, the officials felt differently, especially since Havlat got the shot off.
Chicago was playing at the United Center for the first time since January 28...The Blackhawks went 4-2-1 on a seven-game road trip...Chicago has lost nine of 10 at home...Vancouver ended a two-game road trip unbeaten and improved to 3-0 in its last three on the road...Chicago went 0-for-8 on the power play, while Vancouver went 0-for-5...Morrison has scored in 6-of-7 shootout tries this season...Havlat had an eight-game point streak end...The Canucks won the season series 3-1.
02/16 23:52:12 ET