CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Brendan Morrison waited seven seasons to
get his first NHL hat trick.
Morrison's third goal of the game with 2:09 left in the third
period lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-4 tie with the Calgary
Flames on Saturday night.
"I had a hat trick in college and I scored five goals once in
the minors, but other then that it's been a while since I've had a
three-goal game," Morrison said.
Morrison completed his first career hat trick when he scored on
a goal-mouth scramble at 17:51.
"The biggest thing is it was nice to come back and get a
point," Morrison said. "That's the main focus here and it's
unfortunate we couldn't hold a two-goal lead, but we were able to
get one out of here."
Ryan Kesler scored his first NHL goal and Markus Naslund had
three assists for the Canucks.
Shean Donovan had two goals and an assist to lead the Flames.
"I think when I was younger, I'd get going and try more
offensive things and not worry so much about defensive zones,"
Donovan said. "I'd get reminded, but sometimes too late -- I'd be
on the bench at that time.
Donovan assisted on Stephane Yelle's power-play goal at 10:25 of
the third period to give Calgary a short-lived lead over the
Canucks before a sold-out crowd of 18,159 at the Saddledome.
Donovan passed to Yelle at the top of the crease, and Yelle
penalty box for boarding. It was Yelle's second of the season.
"It's awesome," Morrison said. "It's too bad they came back
on their own in the third, but whenever we come back like that it's
big and it just adds to our confidence and we did it against the
best team in the conference."
It was the second overtime game in a row for the Flames
(9-8-1-3). Calgary lost 6-5 to Colorado on Thursday after three
"We're certainly showing a lot of character in a lot of games
where we're coming from behind or finding ways to stay in games,"
Denis Gauthier said. "We're getting late goals and we're battling
against top teams and we're giving ourselves a chance to win."
Vancouver led 2-0 after the first period on a pair of goals by
First, Morrison beat Jamie McLennan with a backhander at 13:05,
and just two minutes later he directed in a point shot from Naslund
for a power-play goal.
Donovan and Kesler traded goals 12 seconds apart early in the
second period. Donovan drove to the net and beat Cloutier with a
Kesler scored a soft goal on McLennan to restore Vancouver's
two-goal lead at 3-1.
The Flames stormed back with two quick goals, on Robyn Regehr's
first of the season. Donovan scored his second of the game 40
seconds later at 9:28 to tie it 3-3.Game notes
Regehr's goal was his first since April 4, 2002. ...
Calgary hasn't beat Vancouver since Dec. 2000. ... Vancouver
remained first overall in the Western conference but failed to keep
pace with first-overall Philadelphia with 34 points. ... Flames
leading scorer Jarome Iginla hasn't scored since Nov. 9 ...
McLennan started his first game since Nov. 18.