The former Michigan star scored 2:28 into the third overtime to give the Canucks a 5-4 victory over Calgary on Saturday night, forcing a seventh game in the first-round series.
“Being in the right spot at the right time,” Morrison said. “We did what we wanted to do. We stayed alive. Now we have to go out and win the next one.”
Calgary overcame a 4-0 deficit to force overtime, tying it on Chris Clark’s goal with 7:04 left in regulation.
But Morrison sent the series back to Vancouver for Game 7 on Monday night, beating goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to end the longest game of the season and the longest in Vancouver history.
Morrison took a short pass from Markus Naslund, came out of the corner to the left of Kiprusoff, skated in front and outwaited Kiprusoff before sliding the puck past the goalie’s blocker.
“He made a good play to protect the puck and take it to the net,” Flames coach Darryl Sutter said.
Calgary’s Martin Gelinas had a breakaway early in the second overtime, but goalie Alex Auld stopped the forward with a poke check. Halfway through the period, Ville Nieminen of the Flames fired a wrist shot off the crossbar.
“I felt like both teams were getting some chances,” Canucks captain Trevor Linden said. “Both teams had opportunities to end it. They hit a crossbar and we missed the net a few times, but it’s overtime and that’s the way it goes.”
Nieminen made it 4-2 with 7:42 left in the period, and Gelinas and Clark added third-period goals.
“I think we showed a tremendous amount of determination and character tonight,” Sutter said. “It’s kind of an attrition deal right now. You just try to hang on.”
Auld made 36 saves for the Canucks. Kiprusoff stopped 47 shots for the Flames.
The Canucks are playing without star forward Todd Bertuzzi, suspended indefinitely for an on-ice attack in the regular season that left Colorado’sSteve Moore with a broken neck.
: The Flames are attempting to win a playoff series for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1989. They’re 0-7 since 1991 when they have a chance to win a series. … In the 1996 NCAA final, Morrison scored in overtimeto give Michigan a 3-2 victory over Colorado College.
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