Canucks behind in home stretch

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 12:58 PM ET

Vancouver Canucks donned their blue 1970s retro uniforms and welcomed "Jovo-cop" back to arrest a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 Saturday night win over the visiting Calgary Flames.

The Canucks didn't appear rusty after a four-day break between games. They jumped to a 2-0 first period lead after a power play goal by Brendan Morrison -- assisted by his West Coast Express linemates Todd Bertuzzi and Markus Naslund -- and an unassisted marker by Mattias Ohlund.

Naslund's assist was originally credited to defenseman Ed Jovanovski. Jovanovski was back in action after missing 38 games to a groin injury and abdominal surgery.

Canucks allowed Calgary's offense to reignite in the third as Flames' Mark Giordano and Byron Ritchie scored less than two minutes apart to tie the game.

In overtime, the Canucks' executed a textbook passing attack in which Naslund and Morrison fed Jovanovski for the game-winner at 2:27.

"Hopefully my experience can help a little bit," said Jovanovski, downplaying the goal that kept the Canucks' dim playoff hopes alive. "I'm just a small piece of the puzzle."

The Canucks are ninth in the Western conference with four games to go and need to solve the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim tonight at General Motors Place in another must-win game (7 p.m., CKNW/Sportsnet).

Canucks must also contain hockey pool sleeper pick Andy McDonald, who has 30 goals and 34 assists, and Cranbrook brothers Rob and Scott Niedermayer.


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