Canucks 5, Blues 3
-- Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison both scored their first goal of the playoffs and the Vancouver Canucks avoided elimination with a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.
Brent Sopel and Markus Naslund also scored as the Canucks top line finally broke through. The Blues return to St. Louis for Sunday's Game 6 with a 3-2 lead in the first-round series. Game 7 would be Tuesday.
The trio of Naslund, Morrison and Bertuzzi combined for 119 goals and 272 points in the regular season, but had just one goal and three assists in the first four games of the playoffs.
St. Louis's Martin Rucinsky scored with 55 seconds left to make things interesting, but Sami Salo restored the two-goal cushion just over seven seconds later with a slap shot from the top of the circle.
Tyson Nash and Cory Stillman also scored for the Blues.
After being outscored 14-4 in the first four games, the Canucks scored three goals against Chris Osgood during a second period when they outshot the Blues 17-6.
With the game tied at 1, Bertuzzi -- who scored 46 goals in the regular season -- leveled defenseman Barret Jackman behind the net. Bertuzzi then took a pass at the top of the crease with his back turned to the net and, in one spinning motion, tucked the puck and his stick between his own legs and slipped a shot under Osgood.
Morrison made it 3-1 at with 3 minutes 36 seconds left in the second period after Marek Malik jumped into the play to create an odd-man rush. Naslund converted a two-man advantage with a sharp-angle shot from just above the goal line two minutes later.
Facing elimination, Vancouver was outshot 13-8 in the first, but led 1-0 after Sopel's soft point shot deflected in off the leg of St. Louis defenseman Alexander Khavanov.
Khavanov, who had played just 29 seconds at that point, left the game and didn't return, leaving the Blues with five defenseman most of the night.
Nash tied it 7:02 into the second after Vancouver goalie Dan Cloutier coughed up the puck behind his own net, but Bertuzzi responded a minute and a half later.
Cloutier, who finished with 29 saves, bounced back by robbing Rucinsky in tight and Morrison made it 3-1 on the ensuing rush.
Cloutier got a break when an apparent goal by Val Bure early in the third was disallowed because the net had been dislodged seconds earlier. He robbed Stillman on a short-handed breakaway early in the third, but Stillman beat him during a four-on-three power play at 7:57.
Osgood made 30 saves, including a great glove stop on Bertuzzi during a breakaway in the final minute of the second.
Vancouver finished 1 for 6 on the power play. The Blues were 1 for 7.
Notes: The Canucks have rallied twice before from a 3-1 deficit to win a playoff series. . . .
With Khavanov out the Blues often used five forwards on their power play. . . . Blues RW Scott Mellanby returned after missing Game 4 with the flu.