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Vancouver Canucks 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Vancouver Canucks 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3 FINAL OT
Vancouver Canucks 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3

CHICAGO (AP) -- Todd Bertuzzi and Markus Naslund are still the ones the Vancouver Canucks count on.

Bertuzzi scored a power-play goal off a rebound of Naslund's shot at 4:33 of overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

"Me and Markus have been talking about our power play, and trying to get him to shoot the puck low enough off the pads so I can get a chance to fight for it," Bertuzzi said. "It worked tonight. It was a good shot. It went off the pads, I got it off my backhand and put it on my forehand and in."

Despite the road victory and the two points, the Canucks were disappointed they let the Blackhawks rally from a two-goal deficit to tie the game.

"We got to understand that we have to put teams away early. We can't let teams stick around," Bertuzzi said. "To let them back in the game was a mistake on our part, but we're fortunate to get two points out of it.

"We let them back a little bit. They worked hard to get back. too," Naslund said. "We took a little bit of a step back in the third, but we found a way to win again."

Vancouver improved to 21-9-6-2 and is 7-2-3 in its last 12 games.

Artem Chubarov, Henrik Sedin and Brent Sopel also scored for Vancouver.

"The only way we're going to win is to get goals from all kind of guys at the right time," Naslund said. It's good to see for them personally, too. Hopefully it will boost their confidence, too."

Chicago has dropped three of four games and remains near the bottom of the Western Conference with 29 points.

One bright spot for Chicago was the return of Alex Zhamnov. The Blackhawks captain returned after missing 35 games following back surgery to score his first goal of the season for Chicago.

"It was a little tough in the first five minutes," Zhamnov said. "It doesn't matter how hard you practice, a game situation is different. But after that it was fine. I think the second game will be much easier for me."

Zhamnov tied it at 7:07 of the second period when he grabbed a loose puck in the high slot and beat Dan Cloutier from 25 feet.

"When I first had the puck, I saw big traffic. I just tried to shoot the puck," Zhmanov said. "I don't think he ever saw it."

Mark Bell and Tuomo Ruutu also scored for the Blackhawks.

Chubarov opened the scoring at 5:48 of the first period. After a pass behind the net from Mike Keane, Chubarov slipped a backhanded shot under Michael Leighton.

Sedin regained the lead for Vancouver with nine minutes remaining in the second. Sedin took a pass from twin brother, Daniel, at the blue line and drove to the net to beat Leighton low.

Sopel scored a power-play goal to give Vancouver a 3-1 lead with 7:05 left in the second period. Sopel's slap shot from the blue line deflected off the left post and got by a screened Leighton.

Bell cut the Vancouver lead to 3-2 with 34 seconds remaining in the second period. Left alone at the top of the left circle, Bell beat Cloutier high on the right side.

Ruutu scored a power-play goal with 7:38 remaining to tie it. From the left side of the crease, the rookie forward lifted the puck over outstretched goalie Dan Cloutier and into the right corner.

Cloutier made 29 saves in earning his 15th win. Leighton faced 29 shots and fell to 4-11-5.

scoring summary
1st Period
Artem Chubarov (5) ASST: Mike Keane (3), Brad May (3)
1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
Alexei Zhamnov (1) ASST: Steve Sullivan (14), Igor Korolev (2)
1 - 1 Tie
Henrik Sedin (2) ASST: Daniel Sedin (16), Jarkko Ruutu (5)
2 - 1 VAN
PPG - Brent Sopel (3) ASST: Daniel Sedin (17), Henrik Sedin (13)
3 - 1 VAN
Mark Bell (8) ASST: Ville Nieminen (8), Scott Nichol (8)
3 - 2 VAN
3rd Period
PPG - Tuomo Ruutu (4) ASST: Mark Bell (13), Tyler Arnason (11)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
PPG - Todd Bertuzzi ASST: Markus Naslund , Brent Sopel
4 - 3 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
Marek Malik  Holding against  Tuomo Ruutu
2nd Period
Scott Nichol  Hooking - Obstruction against  Markus Naslund
Travis Moen  Elbowing against  Marek Malik
Travis Moen  Fighting (maj) against  Marek Malik
Marek Malik  Roughing against  Travis Moen
Marek Malik  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Moen
3rd Period
Trevor Linden  Charging against  Nathan Dempsey
Brendan Morrison  Holding against  Scott Nichol
OT Period
Larry (Burke) Henry  Holding against  Todd Bertuzzi
goalie stats
Dan Cloutier
SA: 32TOI: 64:33
Saves: 29EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 0
Michael Leighton
Michael Leighton
SA: 29TOI: 64:33
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .862SH: 1 - 1