'Nucks get their shot

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:46 PM ET


 The good news is the Calgary Flames have another chance tonight in Vancouver.

 The bad news is the game is a winner-take-all affair.

 Just what the Vancouver Canucks were counting on.

 "That was our ultimate goal coming into Game 6," said Canucks forward Brad May, whose teammate Brendan Morrison forced Game 7 with a goal in triple overtime early yesterday morning before a stunned Pengrowth Saddledome crowd.

 "We wanted to be able to play hockey again (tonight) back in Vancouver. We have to be ready -- certainly, this (Game 6 victory) is behind us. This one's over."

 And Morrison's late heroics will go for naught unless the Canucks can clinch the series before their fans at GM Place.

 "It won't mean anything unless we win Game 7," Morrison said.

 "But we did what we wanted to do. We gave ourselves a chance to win in Game 7."

 The Canucks certainly did everything right in Game 6, including outhustling and outplaying the hosts for the first half of the Saddledome contest.

 They scored more than one even-strength goal in a game for the first time in this series.

 They continued to keep the Flames powerplay off the scoreboard, finishing a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

 And they got the secondary scoring they'd been searching for since Game 1 of the first-round series.

 Jarrko Ruutu, Daniel Sedin, Brad May and Geoff Sanderson all tallied their first goals of these NHL playoffs.

 Ruutu capped a tic-tac-toe passing play with the Sedin twins for the game's first goal with 1:59 left in the first period.

 Then Sedin, May and Sanderson scored three unanswered second-period goals in a span of 4:43.

 Only Sedin's marker was with the man-advantage, which had been their only true source of scoring in the first five games of the series.

 But the Flames brushed it all aside with two second-period goals and two more in the third period to force overtime.

 "Very disappointing the way we gave up some goals," May said.

 "But you know what? They played so damn good and hard. They just battled us. Whether they were lucky goals, they were hard-working goals."

 "Kind of a strange game," said Canucks veteran Trevor Linden.

 "We did a lot of good things the first half and then the pucks just seemed to find our net the second half. We did a good job of regrouping -- getting our minds about us and refocusing to do what we had to do."

 Must have been hard with 19,289 fans cheering mostly against them.

 "It was -- especially with the way the building was," Linden continued. "You could really feel the momentum. They really were playing with that energy from the fans.

 "Once we kind of settled that down, it was good. It took a while for that to dissipate."

 But they overcame it to force Game 7. "We know what Game 7s are like," May said. "That's a good thing."


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