Ladd strikes in OT as Blackhawks topple Vancouver

Fri May 8, 2009 12:18am EDT
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By Ros Krasny

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Blackhawks tied up their Western Conference playoff semi-final series against the Vancouver Canucks with a dramatic 2-1 win in overtime on Thursday.

Left winger Andrew Ladd seized victory for Chicago with a tip-in from center Dave Bolland's slap shot past goaltender Roberto Luongo 2:52 into extra time, sending the sell-out crowd of 22,682 into raptures.

"It was a huge comeback for us, and we're right back in the series now," Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told reporters. "The momentum shifts have been remarkable."

Chicago's Martin Havlat earlier sent the game into overtime when he scored his fourth goal of the playoffs with a wrist shot with less than three minutes left in regulation.

"I thought Havvie was a threat, and dangerous with his speed all night. He's a big factor," Quenneville said.

While Chicago out-shot the visitors 28-15, Vancouver opened the scoring with a second period goal from Darcy Hordichuk and kept a shut-out going until almost the final buzzer.

"We were a couple of minutes away from winning this game, but we have to deal with it and move on," said Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault.

Once the game went into overtime, goal-tender Nikolai Khabibulin kept the Blackhawks alive with two key stops.   Continued...

<p>Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (L) covers up the puck as Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews waits for a rebound in the first period during Game 4 of their NHL Western conference semi-final hockey game in Chicago May 7, 2009. REUTERS/Frank Polich</p>