NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Chicago
(Wednesday, December 5th)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Chicago 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Brendan Morrison had a goal and an assist, as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, at the United Center.
Mattias Ohlund and Byron Ritchie also scored for the Canucks, who have won four of their last five games. Taylor Pyatt registered two assists and Roberto Luongo turned aside 25 shots.
"It was a good two points, but it wasn't pretty at all," said Vancouver forward Markus Naslund. "It says a lot about our team to get the win even though we weren't sharp and we weren't on our toes."
Martin Lapointe and Martin Havlat scored for Chicago, which has dropped two in a row. Nikolai Khabibulin allowed three goals on 21 shots.
"We had a slow start and that's what costs us the game," said Lapointe. "We can't do that and expect to win."
Vancouver grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 7:24 mark of the first on Ohlund's tally. From the right circle, Naslund spotted Ohlund sneaking in from the point and Ohlund backhanded the puck over the glove of Khabibulin.
Lapointe tied the game at one with 5:07 remaining in the first. Naslund fired the puck around the boards in an attempt to clear the defensive zone. However, Duncan Keith collected the puck at the right point and fed Lapointe between the circles, who snapped the puck past the glove of Luongo.
A fluky goal put the Canucks ahead 2-1 in the final minute of the opening period. Pyatt's shot from the left circle went wide of the net, but the puck bounced off Ritchie at the side of the goal and then pinballed off Khabibulin.
Havlat's power-play goal at the 9:01 mark of the middle stanza caromed off Sami Salo's leg and knotted the game at two.
Three minutes into the third period, Morrison broke the tie when his shot deflected off the stick of Chicago defenseman Andrei Zyuzin and past Khabibulin on the short side.
Chicago tried to net the equalizer by pulling the goaltender, but Luongo made a brilliant save on Patrick Kane to preserve the win.
Ohlund's goal tied the franchise record for goals by a defenseman (83). Jyrki Lumme previously owned the record...Vancouver has won five straight and seven of its last eight games at Chicago...The loss snapped the Blackhawks five-game home winning streak...Chicago was 1-for-6 on the power play, while Vancouver went 0-3 with the man advantage...Vancouver wraps up its three-game road trip on Thursday in Nashville...Chicago will host Anaheim on Friday.
12/05 23:44:50 ET