VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The first thing Brendan Morrison saw when he broke into the Minnesota zone in overtime was Todd Bertuzzi.
The next thing he saw was an opening behind goalie Dwayne Roloson.
Morrison snapped in a wrist shot 2:23 into overtime as the Vancouver Canucks came from behind -- twice -- to keep their playoff hopes alive with a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.
"I knew Bert was there and I thought about giving him the puck, but then I saw a pretty good opening," Morrison said. "I don't know if Roloson anticipated me passing the puck or what, but it's one of those plays where you see an opening and you let her go and hope for the best.
Morrison's best was enough to keep the Canucks tied with Dallas for ninth place in the Western Conference, just one point behind eighth-place Edmonton after the Oilers lost 2-0 in Anaheim.
"I don't think anybody would have thought it would be this tight at the beginning of the year, but this is the way it is," Morrison said. "There is no room for error. You can't afford to lose."
After falling behind 2-0 in the first 10 minutes and 4-3 after two periods, it looked like Vancouver might lose for the first time in five games.
Then Markus Naslund tied the game on a power play 3:38 into the third period.
"We weren't happy with the way we played but we didn't want to panic either," said Naslund, who also added two assists. "We talked about it and figured we should get our act together."
Todd Bertuzzi added two goals and Todd Warriner also scored for the Canucks, who are unbeaten in five and 9-2-1 in their last 12.
"There was a lot of questionable goals against us and a lot of sloppy play, but the bottom line is we won," Canucks coach Marc Crawford said. "It was hard to find one defenseman that really played great the whole night."
Tony Virta and Antti Laaksonen each had a goal and an assist for the Wild, who lost for the fifth straight game.
Nick Schultz and Aaron Gavey also scored for Minnesota.
"Our guys worked hard and we deserved more," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said.
Despite losing in Calgary just one night earlier, the Wild carried the early play, outshooting the Canucks 8-2 through the opening 10 minutes and jumping out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Schultz and Virta.
But Bertuzzi scored on a rebound in the high slot 28 seconds after Virta's goal and then tied it at 2 on a power play just over five minutes later with his 34th goal of the season.
Minnesota 2 2 0 0 -- 4
Vancouver 3 0 1 1 -- 5
First Period--1, Minnesota, Schultz 4, 8:16. 2, Minnesota, Virta 2 (Domenichelli), 9:46. 3, Vancouver, Bertuzzi 33 (Morrison, Naslund), 10:14. 4, Vancouver, Bertuzzi, 34 (Cassels, Naslund), 15:48 (pp). 5, Vancouver, Warriner 1, 16:04. Penalties--Warriner, Van (high-sticking), 2:58; Johnson, Min (charging), 15:12.
Second Period--6, Minnesota, Gavey 6 (Virta, Laaksonen), 11:20. 7, Minnesota, Laaksonen 14, 17:42. Penalty--Johnson, Min (high-sticking), 5:22.
Third Period--8, Vancouver, Naslund 35 (Cassels, Sopel), 3:38 (pp). Penalty--Johnson, Min (hooking), 2:07.
Overtime--9, Vancouver, Morrison 21 (Lachance, Jovanovski), 2:23. Penalties--None.
Shots on goal--Minnesota 13-15-6-3--37. Vancouver 9-8-9-1--27.
Power-play Opportunities--Minnesota 0 of 1; Vancouver 2 of 3.
Goalies--Minnesota, Roloson 14-18-6 (27 shots-22 saves). Vancouver, Cloutier 28-22-5 (37-33).
Referees--Kelly Sutherland, Dan O'Halloran. Linesmen--Randy Mitton, Lonnie Cameron.
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