VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The "State of Hockey" was done in by one of its own.
The Vancouver Canucks rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series as Trent Klatt scored a power-play 3:42 into overtime after setting up the equalizer with 1.2 seconds left in regulation.
"I don't know if I've ever scored a bigger goal than that in my life," Klatt said. "It's pretty awesome. We talked about it throughout the playoffs. When we have a chance to shoot the puck, we have to take it. You never know when a bad one's going to go in or when it's going to hit a skate or be tipped."
Klatt pumped his fist several times after scoring his second playoff goal, then was mobbed by teammates.
"It's awesome," he said. "I'm having as much fun as I've ever had playing hockey. Playing against the Wild and knowing all my family back home is watching is pretty emotional."
Overtime looked remote, however, as the Wild lined up for a faceoff in their own zone with a 3-2 lead and 17 seconds remaining.
But Markus Naslund backhanded a shot from the top of the right circle that set off a scramble in front of the net. Klatt got his stick on the puck, Fernandez was unable to freeze it and Matt Cooke sent GM Place into hysterics by pushing it across the goal line.
"I just wanted to get (to the net) as fast as I could," Cooke said. "When I got there, it was a wide-open cage. I think it was under his pad and Klatter pushed his pad away so I could shoot it in."
"I didn't see much," Fernandez said. "I don't know who got the shot. The way it was sitting, I couldn't see past my pad and I guess it was just laying in front."
Game Two is Sunday in Vancouver.
"Our challenge is simple. We have to respond and come back in the next game and get back to doing the things we do well and hopefully, get the results," Minnesota center Darby Hendrickson said.
What the Wild had been doing well is protecting leads. They were 3-0 in the postseason when scoring first and 22-0-1 in the regular season and playoffs when leading after one period.
"I still can't believe it, it was painful," said Fernandez, who made 35 saves. "The puck really rolled their way tonight."
Actually, it didn't.
The Canucks had a goal disallowed with 1:49 to go in the first period when referee Marc Joannette ruled that Henrik Sedin deflected a puck with a high stick. And they had another nullified when replay showed Brendan Morrison's shot rolled tantalizingly along the goal line without crossing it with 12:46 to go in the second.
"We stuck with it," Naslund said. "It's frustrating when you're down and you think you deserve a lead, but we kept working and it paid off."
Vancouver tied it on defenseman Ed Jovanovski's shorthanded tally 93 seconds into the second, but the Wild appeared to take control in the third.
Wes Walz broke the deadlock at 2:58, intercepting defenseman Murray Baron's clearing attempt before finishing off a give-and-go with Marian Gaborik. Just over five minutes later, Walz struck again when he beat a screened Cloutier with a one-timer from the top of the slot.
Naslund started the Canucks' comeback with 8:49 remaining. After Walz and Gaborik collided at their own blue line, Vancouver's captain pounced on the turnover and snapped a wrister from the edge of the left circle between Fernandez's pads.