CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—Brendan Morrison waited seven seasons to get his first NHL hat trick.
“I had a hat trick in college and I scored five goals once in the minors, but other then that it’s been a while since I’ve had a three-goal game,” Morrison said.
Morrison completed his first career hat trick when he scored on a goal-mouth scramble at 17:51.
“The biggest thing is it was nice to come back and get a point,” Morrison said. “That’s the main focus here and it’s unfortunate we couldn’t hold a two-goal lead, but we were able to get one out of here.”
Shean Donovan had two goals and an assist to lead the Flames.
“I think when I was younger, I’d get going and try more offensive things and not worry so much about defensive zones,” Donovan said. “I’d get reminded, but sometimes too late—I’d be on the bench at that time.
Donovan assisted on Stephane Yelle’s power-play goal at 10:25 of the third period to give Calgary a short-lived lead over the Canucks before a sold-out crowd of 18,159 at the Saddledome.
“It’s awesome,” Morrison said. “It’s too bad they came back on their own in the third, but whenever we come back like that it’s big and it just adds to our confidence and we did it against the best team in the conference.”
It was the second overtime game in a row for the Flames (9-8-1-3). Calgary lost 6-5 to Colorado on Thursday after three straight victories.
“We’re certainly showing a lot of character in a lot of games where we’re coming from behind or finding ways to stay in games,” Denis Gauthier said. “We’re getting late goals and we’re battling against top teams and we’re giving ourselves a chance to win.”
Vancouver led 2-0 after the first period on a pair of goals by Morrison.
First, Morrison beat Jamie McLennan with a backhander at 13:05, and just two minutes later he directed in a point shot from Naslund for a power-play goal.
Donovan and Kesler traded goals 12 seconds apart early in the second period. Donovan drove to the net and beat Cloutier with a backhander.
Kesler scored a soft goal on McLennan to restore Vancouver’s two-goal lead at 3-1.
The Flames stormed back with two quick goals, on Robyn Regehr’s first of the season. Donovan scored his second of the game 40 seconds later at 9:28 to tieit 3-3.
Regehr’s goal was his first since April 4, 2002. … Calgary hasn’t beat Vancouver since Dec. 2000. … Vancouver remained first overall in the Western conference but failed to keep pace with first-overall Philadelphia with 34 points. … Flames leading scorer Jarome Iginla hasn’t scored since Nov. 9… McLennan started his first game since Nov. 18.