NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Vancouver|
(Wednesday, January 23rd)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Calgary 2 (SO)
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Zack Kassian scored the winner in the
shootout as Vancouver got its first win of the season with a 3-2 victory over
In the fifth round, Kassian faked to the backhand and slipped the disc past
Miikka Kiprusoff. Curtis Glencross had the last chance for Calgary, but his
wrist shot was stopped by Cory Schneider.
Kassian also scored in regulation as did Mason Raymond for the Canucks, who
avoided their first 0-3-0 start since the 2009-10 season. Schneider made 34
saves in the win.
"He was great," Canucks forward Henrik Sedin said about Kassian. "He's a big
body, he holds on to the puck and when he has confidence he can make a lot of
plays for himself."
Alex Tanguay and Mikael Backlund each scored a goal for the Flames, who are
0-2-1 for the first time since 2007-08 season. Kiprusoff stopped 34 shots in
After a scoreless first period, Vancouver took a 1-0 lead at the 6:20 mark of
the middle stanza. After a left circle faceoff win, Vancouver controlled the
puck and Kassian tried a wraparound from the right side. Kiprusoff stopped the
puck, but it came back to Kassian and his first shot from the right circle was
stopped, but again the rebound came to him and he buried his third chance for
a 1-0 lead.
Exactly two minutes later, the Canucks made it a 2-0 game. Daniel Sedin fired
a pass from the top of the right circle over to the left for Raymond, who slid
over to the slot and snapped a shot into the left corner for his first of the
Calgary, though, answered with a goal at the 11-minute mark to make it a one-
goal game. On a 2-on-1 rush, Tanguay ripped a shot from the right circle that
went off the left post and in to make it a 2-1 game.
The Flames then went on an extended power play as Vancouver took three minors
over a span of 2:17. While skating 5-on-4, a rush from the Flames saw Jarome
Iginla bring the puck in down the right wing and send a short pass over to
Backlund, who snapped a shot off the right post to tie the game with 3:57 to
play in the middle frame.
Schneider stopped 18 shots over the third period and overtime while Kiprusoff
had to make just eight saves over that span to send it to a shootout.
Vancouver plays at Anaheim on Friday ... Calgary hosts Edmonton on Saturday
... Each team won three games in the series last season ... Vancouver was 1-
for-4 on the power play while Calgary went 1-for-5.
01/24 03:24:44 ET