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Canucks survive blowing 4-0 lead

4/18/2004

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Brendan Morrison got the opening he
needed for the Vancouver Canucks.

The former Michigan star scored 2:28 into the third overtime to
give the Canucks a 5-4 victory over Calgary on Saturday night,
forcing a seventh game in the first-round series.

"Being in the right spot at the right time," Morrison said.
"We did what we wanted to do. We stayed alive. Now we have to go
out and win the next one."

Calgary overcame a 4-0 deficit to force overtime, tying it on
Chris Clark's goal with 7:04 left in regulation.

But Morrison sent the series back to Vancouver for Game 7 on
Monday night, beating goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to end the longest
game of the season and the longest in Vancouver history.

Morrison took a short pass from Markus Naslund, came out of the
corner to the left of Kiprusoff, skated in front and outwaited
Kiprusoff before sliding the puck past the goalie's blocker.

"He made a good play to protect the puck and take it to the
net," Flames coach Darryl Sutter said.

Calgary's Martin Gelinas had a breakaway early in the second
overtime, but goalie Alex Auld stopped the forward with a poke
check. Halfway through the period, Ville Nieminen of the Flames
fired a wrist shot off the crossbar.

"I felt like both teams were getting some chances," Canucks
captain Trevor Linden said. "Both teams had opportunities to end
it. They hit a crossbar and we missed the net a few times, but it's
overtime and that's the way it goes."

Just 16 seconds after Vancouver took a 4-0 lead on Geoff
Sanderson's goal midway through the second period, Oleg Saprykin
scored to start Calgary's comeback.

Nieminen made it 4-2 with 7:42 left in the period, and Gelinas
and Clark added third-period goals.

"I think we showed a tremendous amount of determination and
character tonight," Sutter said. "It's kind of an attrition deal
right now. You just try to hang on."

Jarkko Ruutu opened the scoring for Vancouver late in the first
period, and Daniel Sedin, Brad May and Sanderson added
second-period goals.

Auld made 36 saves for the Canucks. Kiprusoff stopped 47 shots
for the Flames.

The Canucks are playing without star forward Todd Bertuzzi,
suspended indefinitely for an on-ice attack in the regular season
that left Colorado's Steve Moore with a broken neck.<
^Notes@: The Flames are attempting to win a playoff series for the
first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1989. They're 0-7 since
1991 when they have a chance to win a series. ... In the 1996 NCAA
final, Morrison scored in overtime to give Michigan a 3-2 victory
over Colorado College.