Naslund's shootout goal lifts Canucks to victory

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks turned a shaky start into a
strong finish.

Markus Naslund scored the only shootout goal and lifted the
Canucks to a 5-4 comeback victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on
Friday night.

The Canucks, who trailed 3-0 after the first period and 4-2
following 40 minutes, finally got even when Brendan Morrison scored
with 6:56 left in regulation. Morrison tied it when he ripped a
high shot from the slot past Craig Anderson after taking a pass
from Matt Cooke for his first goal in 14 games.

"It's a good feeling," Morrison said. "Almost immediately it
boosts your confidence. Hopefully it translates into some more

Vancouver used power-play goals by Todd Bertuzzi, Anson Carter
and Henrik Sedin to get back into the contest. The injury-depleted
Canucks went 3-for-12 with the advantage.

"We were able to get some momentum back with our power play,"
Morrison said. "Lately it hasn't been that great. It was a big win
for us. We needed those points."

Naslund, who led off the shootout, beat Chicago's Craig Anderson
by faking a backhand then shooting from the from the forehand.

"Good player, good move," Anderson said.

The Canucks improved to 15-17-2 away from Vancouver and won two
games of a three-game road trip.

"Any time you can come back from 3-0 and 4-2, it's great,"
Naslund said. "It maybe wasn't the best of games, but we stuck
with it. Winning two out of three, it's a good road trip."

Vancouver coach Marc Crawford also saluted his team's
resiliency, especially considering the Canucks were playing without
defensemen Mattias Ohlund, Sami Salo and Ed Jovanovski.

"It was a great comeback win," Crawford said. "We used the
end of the first period to recompose ourselves. We showed some good
determination and composure and ended up getting three goals on the
power play."

Vancouver's Alex Auld made 26 saves in regulation before a
perfect shootout performance.

Chicago rookie Rene Bourque scored twice, and Matthew Barnaby
and Kyle Calder added goals for Chicago. Bourque has two two-goal
games. Anderson made 37 saves.

"We had a good first period and let down in the second,"
Bourque said. "We kind of came back in the third, but we just took
too many penalties and we let them back in the game."

Vancouver's Ryan Kessler was injured midway through the first
period after being hooked to the ice by rookie Dustin Byfuglien and
hitting the boards. Kessler, who hurt his left knee, was helped
from the ice by teammates and the training staff.

Crawford said the injury didn't appear to be serious. Kessler is
expected to undergo tests on Saturday.

Bourque opened the scoring 1:33 in when he fired in a rebound
from the slot. His power-play deflection at 8:12 made it 2-0.

Barnaby's first goal since Jan. 10 extended Chicago's lead to
3-0 just 26 seconds later. While crashing the net, he punched in a
rebound of Jim Vandermeer's shot from the blue line.

The Canucks cut Chicago's lead to 3-2 midway through the second
with Bertuzzi's 5-on-3 goal and Carter's man-advantage score.

Bertuzzi, standing in front of the net, made it 3-1 at 9:29 of
the second. He took a pass from Naslund, pulled the puck between
his legs then tucked a shot through Anderson's pads.

Carter scored from just outside the crease 1:18 later to make it

Calder made it a two-goal lead with 13.8 seconds left in the
period to complete a 2-on-1 break with Andy Hilbert.

Sedin's power-play goal cut it to 4-3 at 8:57 of the third.

Game notes
Bourque has three goals in two games and four in four
contests. ... Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago's top goalie, has resumed
practicing but is still out indefinitely. Khabibulin sprained his
left knee on Jan. 20 in Minnesota. ... Ohlund missed Friday's game
with a rib injury, and Salo sat out with a shoulder strain. Both
were injured during the Olympics and have missed three games since
the break ended.