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|Post-Game Comments: Denis Savard|
Brendan Morrison's goal early in the final period gave the Canucks a 3-2 decision over the Blackhawks at the United Center Wednesday to snap Chicago's five-game home win streak.
The victory moved the Canucks into a 1st place tie in the Northwest Division with Minnesota.
Morrison's 8th goal of the campaign came at 3:11 on a 35-foot shot that deflected off Hawk defenseman Andrei Zyuzin and caught the right corner of the net to break a 2-2 tie.
Hawks rookie Patrick Kane almost tied the game twice in the last three minutes of the game, but Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo gloved one shot and then stopped the 19 year-old just outside the goal crease in the final 30 seconds.
Chicago outshot Vancouver 27-21 and was 1 of 7 on the power play while the Canucks were blanked on three attempts with the man advantage.
The Canucks took the lead in the opening period at 7:24 as Mattias Ohlund tallied on a 10-foot backhander after taking a pass from Markus Naslund. Hawks defenseman Brent Seabrook lost his stick and Naslund was able to slide a pass to Ohlund for his 5th of the season and the 83rd of his career to tie the team record for defensemen.
Naslund's assist was his 725th point with the Canucks, making him Vancouver's all-time leader.
The Hawks tied the game seven minutes later when Martin Lapointe fired a 30-footer past Luongo, helped by a screen in front of the netminder by Adam Burish and Colin Fraser.
Vancouver regained the lead in the closing seconds on a lucky break when Byron Ritchie's pass from behind the net bounced off goalie Nikolai Khabibulin's skate and trickled over the goal line.
In the 2nd period, in a shorthand situation, the Hawks almost tied it but Martin Havlat's 25-footer hit the goal post at the five-minute mark.
Havlat got another opportunity on a power play at 9:01 and his shot deflected off Canucks defender Sami Salo for his 3rd goal of the season to tie the game at 2.
In the final period after Morrison put the visitors ahead, the Hawks pressed but couldn't get the equalizer although Kane came close in the final 30 seconds after Khabibulin was pulled for an extra attacker.
Hawks coach Denis Savard felt that the slow start in the opening period cost them the game.
Vancouver is now 15-10-2 and Chicago is 14-11-2.
The Hawks continue their homestand Friday against defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim (7:30 pm) .
AP Notes: Chicago D James Wisniewski returned after missing three games because of a facial injury. ... Blackhawks C Jason Williams missed his third straight game and seventh in the last eight with a groin injury. RW Rene Bourque missed his seventh game with a broken thumb. Rookie C Jacob Dowell missed his third game with a broken right foot. ... Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa sat out his 14th game with a leg injury. ... White Sox slugger Jim Thome dropped the ceremonial first puck.
Center Brendan Morrison: "You need good goaltending on the road; we got that tonight ... Our team won the game, that' s the most important thing. As far as who' s been scoring the game-winning goal, we just throw our hat in the ring as long as the team wins."
Goaltender Roberto Luongo: "It was an ugly win for us. At the same time, it was a good road win. We' ll take the two points and move on to Nashville tomorrow. It was a tricky game; it could have went either way. We took a lot of penalties against them and fortunately it didn' t cost us so much and we were able to get the big goal.
"I didn't feel my sharpest that I' ve been over the last few weeks. But sometimes you' re going to feel like that; you can' t always feel great. But the important thing is you have to battle through these situations and make sure you' re sound technically."
Head coach Alain Vigneault: "There were some moments on the ice for both teams there. The ice wasn' t in very good condition. It was tough to make decent plays with the puck and have any execution. It was a hard-fought game; there wasn' t a lot of room on the ice and we found a way to get it done in the third.
"Both teams have got great goaltending. Right now I think they can throw three lines on the ice that can score on a pretty regular basis there. I' m not sure we' re there as far as that offense."
|Mattias Ohlund (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Markus Naslund (13), Daniel Sedin (16)|
1 - 0 VAN
|Martin Lapointe (1) Snap shot - ASST: Duncan Keith (6)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Byron Ritchie (2) Snap shot - ASST: Taylor Pyatt (7), Brendan Morrison (9)|
2 - 1 VAN
|PPG - Marty Havlat (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Robert Lang (15), Jim Vandermeer (7)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Brendan Morrison (8) Slapshot - ASST: Taylor Pyatt (8), Matt Cooke (3)|
3 - 2 VAN
|Ryan Kesler Slashing against Marty Havlat|
|Marty Havlat Diving against Alexandre Burrows|
|Alexandre Burrows Hooking against Marty Havlat|
|James Wisniewski Roughing against Ryan Kesler|
|Ryan Kesler Roughing against James Wisniewski|
|Sami Salo Hooking against Patrick Sharp|
|Dustin Byfuglien Holding against Alexandre Burrows|
|Jim Vandermeer Cross checking against Alexandre Burrows|
|Brendan Morrison Hooking against Patrick Sharp|
|Henrik Sedin Roughing against Jim Vandermeer|
|Henrik Sedin Interference against Duncan Keith|
|Henrik Sedin Interference against Colin Fraser|
|Dustin Byfuglien Interference against Alexandre Burrows|
|Ryan Kesler Hooking against Marty Havlat|
|SA: 27||TOI: 59:55|
|Saves: 25||EV: 23 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 2|
|SV%: .926||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 21||TOI: 58:30|
|Saves: 18||EV: 14 - 17|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: .857||SH: 0 - 0|