Jovanovski helped erase a two-goal deficit, scoring with 7:59 remaining in the third period to lift Vancouver into a 2-2 tie with the struggling Calgary Flames.
Unbeaten in their previous eight games, the Canucks were in danger of having their five-game winning streak in Calgary snapped when Jarome Iginla netted a power-play goal midway through the second period to give the Flames a 2-0 lead.
But defenseman Brent Sopel answered with a power-play tally less than three minutes later and Jovanovski netted his fifth of the season at 12:01 of the third to move Vancouver to 5-0-4 in its last nine contests.
“We know whatever the circumstances are going into the third period, we’re not always going to be in the lead,” Jovanovski said. “To come back from a 2-0 deficit is definitely a big point for us.”
“We dug ourselves a hole by not playing well in the first period and we gave them a few too many power plays,” Vancouver coach Marc Crawford said. “But in the second, I thought we did a much better job competing. That’s what we weren’t doing in the first.”
“I think their goaltender played really well,” Turek said. “I think we were the better team tonight, we had more scoring chances and went to the net, but he made some unbelievable saves.”
Streaking down the right side toward the net, Jovanovski slipped past defenseman Andrew Ference and tapped in Matt Cooke’s cross-slot pass for his first tally since returning from a broken heel on January 30.
“I think it started at our blue line,” Jovanovski said. “I saw an odd-man rush and drove to the net. Cooke made a great pass over and all I had to do was put it in the empty net.”
Winless in their last four, the Flames grabbed the lead midway through the first period on Chris Drury’s second goal in three games.
Iginla padded the lead at 10:20 of the second, batting in the rebound of his own wrist shot from the high slot for his eighth tally in six games.
“I didn’t think I high-sticked it,” said Iginla, who was credited with his 23rd goal after a video review. “Usually, as players, we have a good feel. I thought it was going to be in and I was thankful that it was. It was a good break. A lot of times, you swing and you miss. That was one that I got.”
Sopel halved Vancouver’s deficit 2:54 later, beating a partially screened Turek with a wrister from the high slot after defenseman Toni Lydman was penalized for interference.
The Flames had an apparent goal disallowed 7 1/2 minutes into the second period on a questionable call by referee Kerry Fraser.
Rob Niedermayer was pushed into Cloutier before the goalie kept defenseman Bob Boughner’s shot out of the net. Craig Conroy gathered the rebound and put it past Cloutier, but Fraser immediately waved off the goal, ruling Niedermayer interfered with the play.
Cloutier kept Iginla from posting his second straight multi-goal game, stopping his point-blank shot six minutes into the first period before lunging to make a dazzling stick save when the Art Ross Trophy winner had an open net at which to shoot early in the third.
“It was a little scrimmage in front,” Iginla said. “I looked down and the puck was there. I knew the goalie was out of the net. I just tried to get it away before it got poked away, and what a save he made. A lot of times that would be in, but you have to give him credit for not giving up on it and for making a stab at it because that was a great save.”
Cloutier’s coach and teammates agreed.
“He came up very big tonight and made a sensational save in the third period,” Crawford said. “At that point, it could have been 3-1 and tough to come back.”
“Danny played an outstanding game for us,” added Markus Naslund, the NHL’s leading goal-scorer. “He made that key save for us on Iginla. He’s been there for us all year.”
Calgary ended All-Star Todd Bertuzzi’s points streak at 12 games, one shy of the longest in the league this season.