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Canucks close season by beating Flames in OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Canucks close season by beating Flames in OT
Vancouver Canucks 3, Calgary Flames 2
The Vancouver Canucks hope to follow the greatest regular season in their 40 NHL seasons with the franchise's first Stanley Cup.

The Canucks wrapped up the regular season like a champion on Saturday, rallying from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to beat the Calgary Flames 3-2 in overtime at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Christian Ehrhoff scored at 2:41 of OT to give the Canucks 54 wins and 117 points, both franchise records.

After rallying from a 2-0 deficit on goals by Ryan Kesler and Alexandre Burrows, the Canucks got the victory when Ehrhoff's slap shot from the blue line beat Henrik Karlsson between his pads. Karlsson was furious after the goal, pleading with the referees that he had been interfered with.

"We won the game tonight, but at the end of the day it's not going to mean anything, we've got to start focusing on the playoffs," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "As a player it's challenging, you want to stay on the conservative side, but at the same time it's like a hard practice, the best way to stay sharp and stay healthy is to do things the right way."

Daniel Sedin had a pair of assists to clinch the NHL scoring race with 104 points -- 41 goals and 63 assists. Twin brother Henrik won the scoring title last season. Daniel's 104 points are the fewest for an Art Ross Trophy winner since Tampa Bay's Marty St. Louis won with 94 in 2003-04.

The playoffs begin on Wednesday, but the Canucks will not know their first-round opponent until Sunday.

Jarome Iginla and Mikael Backlund scored for Calgary, which missed the playoffs for the second season in a row.

"In the last 50 games, I think our record is somewhere close to the top five teams in the league so as tough as this is, there's more optimism than there was at the end of last year," Iginla said.

Since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2004, Calgary has either lost in the first round or missed the playoffs entirely.

"Certainly tonight, the legs weren't there. It was hard to find the motivation," said Flames forward Alex Tanguay, who had an assist to finish second on the team with 69 points.

It was a battle of backups with Cory Schneider drawing the start for the Canucks against Karlsson, who finished with 36 saves in just his second start since Jan. 21.

Vancouver trailed 2-0 heading to the third period and was outshot 15-2 in the second.

But Burrows got them on the board at 2:02, and Kesler's power-play goal at 11:05 forced overtime. Kesler one-timed a feed from Henrik Sedin past Karlsson's glove on a play that started with a behind-the-back pass from Daniel.

Schneider made 34 saves to improve to 16-4-2. He played his 25th game of the season, qualifying to get his name alongside Roberto Luongo's on the William Jennings Trophy, which goes to the team that surrenders the fewest goals. Vancouver clinched the trophy for the first time, allowing just 183 goals.

"You always want to win your last game," Schneider said. "For me, it might be the last one for a while, but I tried to make it feel as if it were a playoff game and to bring that kind of intensity in competition."

The Canucks also lead the NHL in goals scored and will become the first team since the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens to lead in both categories unless Detroit scores five goals on Sunday.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:39
CGY
PPG - Jarome Iginla (43) ASST: Alex Tanguay (47), Mark Giordano (34)
1 - 0 CGY
11:27
CGY
PPG - Mikael Backlund (10) ASST: Mark Giordano (35)
2 - 0 CGY
3rd Period
02:02
VAN
Alexandre Burrows (26) ASST: Daniel Sedin (62)
2 - 1 CGY
11:05
VAN
PPG - Ryan Kesler (41) ASST: Henrik Sedin (75), Daniel Sedin (63)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
02:41
VAN
Christian Ehrhoff (14) ASST: Alexander Edler (25), Jannik Hansen (20)
3 - 2 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
00:26
VAN
Dan Hamhuis  Slashing against  Alex Tanguay
03:59
CGY
Brendan Mikkelson  Too many men/ice - bench
04:31
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Slashing against  Tom Kostopoulos
10:32
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Slashing against  Keith Ballard
14:20
VAN
Tanner Glass  Interference against  Brett Carson
2nd Period
00:44
VAN
Chris Higgins  Hi-sticking against  Mikael Backlund
02:01
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Hooking against  Jarome Iginla
10:50
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Slashing against  Daymond Langkow
3rd Period
03:58
VAN
Chris Higgins  Slashing against  Mikael Backlund
07:03
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Slashing against  Mikael Samuelsson
07:03
VAN
Mikael Samuelsson  Roughing against  Robyn Regehr
07:03
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Alexandre Burrows
07:03
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jarome Iginla
09:14
VAN
Maxim Lapierre  Roughing against  Matt Stajan
09:14
CGY
Matt Stajan  Roughing against  Maxim Lapierre
09:14
CGY
Matt Stajan  Slashing against  Maxim Lapierre
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
SA: 36TOI: 62:41
Saves: 34EV: 28 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .944SH: 0 - 0
Henrik Karlsson
SA: 39TOI: 62:36
Saves: 36EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .923SH: 4 - 4