Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Santorelli scored his second goal of
the game 3:17 into overtime Sunday and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Calgary
The Canucks overcame a 3-1 deficit with three consecutive goals in the third
period to take the lead, only to see David Jones tie the game for Calgary with
19 seconds left in regulation.
In overtime, Santorelli started a tic-tac-toe play with Kevin Bieksa and went
to the net, where he jammed the final pass in to give the Canucks their second
The Flames, playing their home opener, got another goal from 18-year-old
rookie Sean Monahan but lost for the second time in their three games -- both
losses coming after regulation.
Jannik Hansen, Santorelli and Dale Weise all scored in the third period after
Monahan had given the Flames a 3-1 lead. Weise's goal made it 4-3 with 3:54
David Booth also scored for the Canucks and Eddie Lack made 32 saves.
Mark Giordano and Mikael Backlund had goals for the Flames and Joey MacDonald
made 23 saves, including a pair of highlight-reel stops late in the third
Monahan, taken No. 6 by the Flames in this year's draft, has three points in
his first three NHL games. He kept the puck on the right side after the
Canucks choked off a passing opportunity and beat Lack with a wrist shot 1:47
into the third period.
The Canucks quickly tied it, then went ahead.
Flames forward Curtis Glencross turned the puck over behind the Calgary net
and Daniel Sedin found Hansen in front at the 5:01 mark. Santorelli scored 4
1/2 minutes later after a Flames turnover to tie the game.
Chris Higgins had an open net on the right side, but MacDonald scrambled back
and blocked the shot with his stick. Moments later, the Flames goalie used his
glove to snare a close shot by Brad Richardson.
Richardson, though, got the primary assist on Weise's goal, curling a backhand
pass through the crease from behind the net as the Canucks took a 4-3 lead.
Moments after Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman had a one-timer tipped just
over the net, the Flames tied the game on Jones' goal, which was reviewed
after the winger dove into a pile in the Vancouver crease, getting his stick
under defenseman Alex Edler's body.
Earlier, Booth deflected Jason Garrison's point shot past MacDonald to give
the Canucks a 1-0 lead 4:47 into the game.
Giordano tied it with 5:28 left in the first period on a wrist shot from the
high left side after Jones battled for the puck on the right boards.
Backlund's breakaway goal 11:26 into the second period came after the Flames
blocked a shot at their end. Jiri Hudler's outlet pass was tipped forward
through center ice by T.J. Galiardi and Backlund beat Lack with a deke to his
backhand to make it 2-1.
The Flames remain home for games against Montreal on Wednesday and New Jersey
on Friday ... The Canucks return to Vancouver for three in a row starting with
Tuesday's game against New Jersey.
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