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Santorelli scores in OT and Canucks top Flames 5-4
VANCOUVER 5, CALGARY 4 (OT)
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Looking for a third-period spark,
Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella shuffled his
forwards and split twin forwards Henrik and Daniel Sedin onto
The move paid off when the Canucks scored three goals in the
period and Mike Santorelli provided the overtime winner in a 5-4
victory over the Flames on Sunday night.
Santorelli deflected a pass from Kevin Bieksa to score at 3:17
Trailing 3-1, the Canucks kicked off their third-period comeback
with Daniel Sedin assisting on Jannick Hansen's goal at 5:01,
followed by Henrik Sedin setting up Santorelli's first goal of
the game at 9:27.
"I know the focus is on the twins, but we split up all the
lines," Tortorella said. "We had six body checks and four
scoring chances in two periods, so we were dead in the water.
It's an easy decision to change things up."
Dale Weise put the visitors up 4-3 at 16:06, but Calgary's David
Jones tied the game again with 19 seconds remaining in
Canucks backup goaltender Eddie Lack made 32 saves in his first
NHL regular-season game.
"I was nervous on the bus ride over here, but as soon as I got
into my normal warm-up routine and got on the ice, the guys have
been really supportive, then it felt like a normal game," said
Lack, a 25-year-old Swede.
"I know coming in here there was a lot of question marks about
me because I haven't played a lot. It's important for me to help
the team get some points here in the beginning."
Mikael Backlund, Sean Monahan and Calgary captain Mark Giordano
also scored for the Flames. It was the second goal in three
games for 18-year-old Monahan, who was selected sixth overall by
Calgary in the 2013 NHL draft.
Joey MacDonald stopped 23 shots in his second straight start
after picking up the win in Calgary's 4-2 decision over Columbus
Tortorella lauded Lack's play and that of 24-year-old defenseman
Ryan Stanton, who was claimed off waivers a few days ago.
Calgary outshot Vancouver 26-14 and outhit them 14-6 in the
first two periods.
"I think the guys decided to play for Eddie," Tortorella said.
"He gave them a chance to be there and still have an opportunity
to win a hockey game where really, we should have been spanked.
"It's a good test for our team to win a game like that. Those
are some games you're going to have to win during the year.
You're not always going to be perfect and we found a way to
The Flames have earned four out of a possible six points in
their first three games of this NHL season, but have squandered
leads in two of those games.
"We kind of sat back, we turned the puck over a couple times in
the third period and with a team like that, they have a lot of
talent," MacDonald said. "The Sedins, that's what they thrive
on, they want to get these turnovers and they usually make you
With MacDonald pulled for an extra attacker, Jones sent the game
into overtime by shoveling the puck in during a goal-mouth
scramble at 19:41 of the third. Officials ruled the goal valid
Monahan gave Calgary a 3-1 lead at 1:47 of the third. On an
odd-man rush, he gained an outside lane, feinted a pass and
slipped the puck under Lack.
Backlund scored on a breakaway off a T.J. Brodie stretch pass at
11:26 of the second period. He deked Lack and shoveled a
backhand by the Vancouver goaltender's outstretched pad.
Giordano scored his first goal of the season and team-leading
fourth point on a long wrist shot which beat Lack top shelf at
14:32 of the first.
Booth earned his 200th career point deflecting a Jason Garrison
shot from the blue line low past MacDonald's stick at 4:47 of
the first for a 1-0 Vancouver lead.
NOTES: Singer Corb Lund sang "Blood, Sweat and Water" during the
pregame ceremony in honor of Calgarians efforts after the June
floods that destroyed the lower level of the Saddledome. ...
Calgary fell to 18-15-7 in home-openers. ... Flames forwards
Mike Cammalleri (wrist) and Matt Stajan (leg contusion) and
defensemen Chris Breen (shoulder) were Calgary's scratches. ...
Forward Alex Burrows was out of Vancouver's lineup.
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