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Blackhawks 2, Canucks 1, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 2, Canucks 1, OT
Vancouver Canucks 1, Chicago Blackhawks 2

CHICAGO (AP) -Andrew Ladd had perfect position. When the puck came flying off teammate Dave Bolland's stick from far away, Ladd was right in front of Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo to tip it in.

Ladd's goal less than 3 minutes into overtime Thursday night capped a remarkable 2-1 comeback victory for the Chicago Blackhawks and tied the Western Conference semifinal series at 2.

"Bolland has great patience with the puck," Ladd said. "He turned around, saw my stick and got it to the right spot. We've got a little momentum here and can take it back to Vancouver."

Game 5 is Saturday night in Vancouver and the Canucks will have to regroup after losing a game they apparently had sealed up. Chicago's Martin Havlat tied it at 1 with 2:44 left in regulation after Luongo had been unflappable most of the night.

"We were a couple of minutes away from winning this game," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "It happened. We've got to deal with it and get ready for the next game."

After the Canucks had two point-blank shots to score, but were turned away by Nikolai Khabibulin, Bolland chased down the puck along the boards at the other end. He fired a shot from beyond the right circle and Ladd knocked it in at 2:52 of overtime.

"It was a shot from the half wall. Ladd was right in front of me," said Luongo, who finished with 26 saves. "It was coming fast from the outside of the net. I extended my leg and he tipped it in the five-hole, so it was a good play by him."

Havlat's tying goal came on a wrist shot from between the circles after Ladd had worked the puck free from the boards and shoveled it in his direction.

"I had 1-on-1 against the goalie and Ladd gave me a great pass. I had a lot of time and I haven't had that in this series," Havlat said. "We kept fighting until the last second and it paid off. We were patient."

In the closing seconds of regulation, Bolland had a breakaway before Vancouver's Alexander Edler caught up to him, hit his stick from behind and then forced him away from the net. Bolland went down on the play and the crowd at the United Center screamed for a penalty with 8.2 seconds to go.

Darcy Hordichuk took a pass from a spinning Rick Rypien to score his first playoff goal midway through the second period to put the Canucks up 1-0 - the fourth straight game Vancouver opened the scoring.

Chicago Blackhawks Playoff Gear And Luongo again appeared too tough for the Blackhawks to crack. After allowing eight goals in the two games at Vancouver, Luongo gave up just one in Game 3 and looked on his way to a shutout before Havlat tied it.

"A huge comeback for us. We're right back in the series now," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "It looked grim, but the enthusiasm was in the right places."

After Chicago's Jonathan Toews had his shot blocked, Rypien scooped up the puck and raced to the other end against Blackhawks defenseman Matt Walker. Just before reaching the circles, Rypien made his nifty spin move to evade Walker and then passed to Hordichuk, who beat Khabibulin on the stick side for the 1-0 lead.

The score came shortly after Luongo made a spectacular stop on a rebound attempt by Chicago's Troy Brouwer. After the Canucks went ahead and with each team down a man, Luongo made a sprawling pad save to deny Patrick Sharp.

Chicago came out with strong early rush and Luongo had five saves in the first 6 minutes, including another nice pad stop of Toews' point-blank attempt just as a power play was expiring.

The Blackhawks mustered an 8-4 shots-on-goal advantage but were blanked in the opening period for the fourth straight game.

Khabibulin finished with 14 saves.

Notes: Canucks D Sami Salo, who rejoined the team Tuesday night after being injured in Game 2, did not play for a second straight game. ... Baseball Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk participated in a goal shooting contest between the second and third periods. ... NBA rookie of the year Derrick Rose of the Bulls dropped the ceremonial first puck.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
08:32
VAN
Darcy Hordichuk (1) ASST: Rick Rypien (1), Ryan Johnson (1)
1 - 0 VAN
3rd Period
17:16
CHI
Martin Havlat (4) ASST: Andrew Ladd (1), Dave Bolland (4)
1 - 1 Tie
1st OT Period
02:52
CHI
Andrew Ladd (2) ASST: Dave Bolland (5), Martin Havlat (6)
2 - 1 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
03:20
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Interference against  Jonathan Toews
10:01
CHI
Troy Brouwer  Boarding against  Ryan Johnson
2nd Period
09:01
CHI
Andrew Ladd  Roughing against  Willie Mitchell
09:01
VAN
Willie Mitchell  Roughing against  Andrew Ladd
16:39
VAN
Shane O'Brien  Slashing against  Dustin Byfuglien
17:52
CHI
Martin Havlat  Roughing against  Kevin Bieksa
17:52
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Roughing against  Martin Havlat
3rd Period
06:54
CHI
Ben Eager  Roughing against  Darcy Hordichuk
06:54
VAN
Darcy Hordichuk  Diving against  Ben Eager
1st OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
6-2-0
SA: 28TOI: 62:52
Saves: 26EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 15TOI: 62:52
Saves: 14EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0