VANCOUVER - Evander Kane scored two goals and Casey Pierro-Zabotel added a goal and three assists as the Vancouver Giants defeated the Chilliwack Bruins 5-3 Sunday in the final Western Hockey League regular-season game for both clubs.
Mike Piluso and Jon Blum also scored for the Giants (49-15-2-6) before a crowd of 12,357 at the Pacific Coliseum.
Mark Santorelli led Chilliwack with two goals while Ryan Howse also tallied for the Bruins, who finished the regular season with a 28-35-4-5 mark.
The game served as a Western Conference playoff preview. The second-ranked Giants face the seventh-ranked Bruins in the opening round of the post-season, starting next weekend.
Vancouver outshot Chilliwack 36-14. The Giants went two-for-four on the power play while the Bruins were one-for-four.
Kane's second goal of the game, a power-play goal at 9:32 of the third period, proved to be the winner before Blum added an insurance marker at 12:03.
Howse opened the scoring at 6:13 as he beat Giants rookie goaltender Kraymer Barnstable with a high wrist shot from right wing. Kane tied the score about five minutes later as he fired in a cross-ice pass from Pierro-Zabotel during a power play.
Santorelli's power-play goal at 16:48 gave Chilliwack a 2-1 lead which stood up until the first 20 seconds of the third period.
Pierro-Zabotel and Piluso scored 30 seconds apart in the first minute of the third to put Vancouver ahead 3-2. But Santorelli notched his second of the night about a minute and a half later to create a 3-3 tie.
Before the game, the Giants honoured NHL legend Gordie Howe in advance of his 80th birthday on March 31.
Former NHLers Bill Gadsby, Marcel Dionne, Pat Quinn, Jean Beliveau and Marty Howe, his eldest son, who played alongside him in the 1970s, participated in a pre-game ceremony. Wayne Gretzky's father Walter was also there.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic chairman Jack Poole, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Hockey Canadian president Bob Nicholson and Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke delivered video tributes that were played on the Jumbotron screen.
Harper, who said Howe has inspired several generations of Canadians, Campbell and Bettman were jeered.