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Canucks 5, Flames 4, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 5, Flames 4, OT
Vancouver Canucks 5, Calgary Flames 4

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -Thanks to their potent offense, the new-look Vancouver Canucks are off to a strong start.

Pavol Demitra scored with 1:06 left in overtime to give the Canucks a 5-4 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. Vancouver outscored Calgary 11-4 in sweeping the season-opening home-and-home series.

"It's a great feeling, a win in this building, and a good start at 2-0," Demitra said. "Everybody on this team is having a good time, everyone's contributing."

After Michael Cammalleri lost the puck deep in the Canucks' end, Vancouver broke out on a 3-on-1 rush led by Alex Burrows. Burrows waited patiently before sending the puck across the to Demitra at the edge of the crease and he banged it in the open side for his first goal of the season.

"When you go to the net, good things happen," Demitra said. "I was a little bit lucky but Burrows made a good play. I think he lost the puck and it came right to my stick and I just put it in the net."

Daniel Sedin had two goals for Vancouver, and Rick Rypien and Ryan Kesler also scored.

Cammalleri, Rene Bourque, Todd Bertuzzi and Andre Roy scored for Calgary.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla was held without a point for the second straight night but did get his name on the scoresheet by getting in a spirited first-period fight with veteran Canucks defenseman Willie Mitchell.

"It was typical Vancouver-Calgary game," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "It was physical, there were a lot of good scraps, it was a good hockey game. ... We just stuck to what we needed to do, our guys battled hard. We wanted to win the second (period), we won the second, we wanted to win the third, we won the third, and we were able to get it done in overtime."

Trailing 4-3 to begin the third, Sedin's second goal of the game pulled the Canucks even at 6:10 on a one-timer from the slot after getting open behind defenseman Marc Giordano and being set up perfectly from behind the net by brother Henrik Sedin.

"It's really frustrating, we're obviously pretty upset," Cammalleri said. "To be up 3-1 then 4-3, at home like this, it's a must-win for sure."

Most disconcerting for the Flames again Saturday night was costly breakdowns in the defensive end.

"We're giving up a lot of point-blank things, bang-bang plays right in front, we're not giving Kiprusoff much of a chance," Iginla said. "We've got to tighten that up, we know we do, and we'll keep working at it."

Calgary broke a 3-3 tie at 14:08 of the second period when Cammalleri and Bourque combined for their second goal of the night.

Bourque, who earlier connected on a set up from Cammalleri, was the playmaker this time, steaming into the Canucks zone, cutting to his left to evade a Canucks defenseman, and firing a slap shot toward Roberto Luongo.

The screened Canucks goaltender got a stick on it but was unable to corral the rebound and Cammalleri, while falling, swiped in the loose puck.

Daniel Sedin gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead, jamming a harmless looking shot from the side of the net past Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff at 2:11 of the first period.

Calgary tied it just 38 seconds later when Roy slapped a rolling puck past Luongo, who blanked the Flames two nights earlier, from the slot.

Bertuzzi and Bourque scored 37 seconds apart midway through the opening period to give Calgary a 3-1 lead.

The Canucks tied it in the second when Rypien and Kesler scored 1:02 apart. Kesler charged the net and slid into the Flames' goal as part of a pileup of players, managing to get his stick on the puck in the process with 9:17 left in the period.

Neither team scored on the power play, with Calgary going 0-for-7 and the Canucks finishing up 0-for-6. The Flames are 0-for-13 through their first two games.

Notes: Vancouver D Kevin Bieksa was shaken up 5 minutes into the first period after a collision with Wayne Primeau. Bieksa left the ice gingerly and did not return. ... Calgary D Robyn Regehr made his season debut after missing the opener due to the birth of his first child. ... The Flames also made a lineup change up front, inserting rookie Brandon Prust for Dustin Boyd. ... Calgary's 6-0 loss on Thursday was its largest margin of defeat since a 7-1 setback to Phoenix on Jan. 23, 2003. ... Calgary's next meeting with Vancouver will also be a home-and-home series beginning Nov. 27 in Vancouver.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:11
VAN
Daniel Sedin (1) ASST: Henrik Sedin (2)
1 - 0 VAN
02:49
CGY
Andre Roy (1) ASST: Wayne Primeau (1), Brandon Prust (1)
1 - 1 Tie
09:26
CGY
Todd Bertuzzi (1) ASST: Mark Giordano (1), Daymond Langkow (1)
2 - 1 CGY
10:03
CGY
Rene Bourque (1) ASST: Mike Cammalleri (1), Dion Phaneuf (1)
3 - 1 CGY
2nd Period
09:41
VAN
Rick Rypien (2) ASST: Ryan Johnson (2), Sami Salo (1)
3 - 2 CGY
10:43
VAN
Ryan Kesler (1) ASST: Jannik Hansen (1), Alexander Edler (1)
3 - 3 Tie
14:08
CGY
Mike Cammalleri (1) ASST: Rene Bourque (1), Dion Phaneuf (2)
4 - 3 CGY
3rd Period
06:10
VAN
Daniel Sedin (2) ASST: Henrik Sedin (3), Steve Bernier (1)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
03:54
VAN
Pavol Demitra (1) ASST: Alexandre Burrows (1), Mattias Ohlund (2)
5 - 4 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
03:28
CGY
Rene Bourque  Hooking against  Mason Raymond
05:03
VAN
Roberto Luongo  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Craig Conroy
10:24
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Fighting (maj) against  Willie Mitchell
10:24
VAN
Willie Mitchell  Fighting (maj) against  Jarome Iginla
11:52
CGY
Jim Vandermeer  Roughing against  Darcy Hordichuk
11:52
VAN
Darcy Hordichuk  Roughing against  Jim Vandermeer
11:52
CGY
Mike Cammalleri  Holding against  Rick Rypien
16:19
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Interference against  David Moss
16:38
CGY
Todd Bertuzzi  Interference against  Sami Salo
17:45
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Holding against  Cory Sarich
2nd Period
02:45
VAN
Darcy Hordichuk  Fighting (maj) against  Andre Roy
02:45
CGY
Andre Roy  Fighting (maj) against  Darcy Hordichuk
02:47
VAN
Rick Rypien  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
02:47
CGY
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Rick Rypien
03:12
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Hooking against  Craig Conroy
05:24
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Holding against  Craig Conroy
05:38
CGY
Daymond Langkow  Tripping against  Willie Mitchell
15:56
CGY
Craig Conroy  Hooking against  Jannik Hansen
3rd Period
02:10
VAN
Taylor Pyatt  Interference on goalkeeper against  Miikka Kiprusoff
11:45
VAN
Alexander Edler  Hooking against  Dion Phaneuf
18:34
CGY
Todd Bertuzzi  Boarding against  Ryan Johnson
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
SA: 29TOI: 63:54
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 25
PIM: 2PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .862SH: 0 - 0
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 34TOI: 63:48
Saves: 29EV: 21 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .853SH: 0 - 0