CALGARY, Alberta – Mike Santorelli scored his second goal at 3:17 in overtime to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-4 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night.
The Canucks scored three straight goals in the third period to lead 4-3, but with Flames goaltender Joey MacDonald on the bench for a sixth attacker, David Jones sent the game into extra time with 19 seconds remaining in regulation.
Dale Weise, Jannik Hansen and Santorelli scored in the third after the Canucks fell behind 3-1 early in the period.
Santorelli deflected a pass from defenseman Kevin Bieksa for the winner.
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“Really, we should have been spanked,” Vancouver coach John Tortorella said.
Canucks backup goaltender Eddie Lack made 32 saves in his first regular-season NHL game and David Booth scored for Vancouver (2-1) in the first period.
“I was nervous on the bus ride over here, but as soon as I got into my normal warm-up routine and got on the ice — the guys have been really supportive — then it felt like a normal game,” said Lack, a 25-year-old Swede. “I know coming in here, there was a lot of question marks about me because I haven’t played a lot. It’s important for me to help the team get some points here in the beginning.”
Mikael Backlund, Sean Monahan and captain Mark Giordano also scored for the Flames.
Calgary outshot the Canucks 26-14 in the first two periods.
Tortorella split twin forwards Henrik and Daniel Sedin onto different lines for the third period.
“I know the focus is on the twins, but we split up all the lines,” Tortorella said. “We had six body checks and four scoring chances in two periods, so we were dead in the water. It’s an easy decision to change things up.”
Hansen scored at 5:01 to cut into Calgary’s lead, Henrik Sedin dished to Santorelli for a 3-3 tie and Weise put Vancouver ahead at 16:06.
“I think the guys decided to play for Eddie (in the third period),” Tortorella said.
Jets fans cheer for Selanne
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Corey Perry took advantage of a defensive mistake to score the winner in the third period of the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-2 victory over the Jets, and Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne got a standing ovation in what could be his last visit to Winnipeg.
Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian fanned on an attempt to clear the puck and it went to Perry, who was in front of the net.
Many of the loudest cheers were for Selanne, who began his NHL career with Winnipeg in 1992-93 by setting rookie records of 76 goals and 132 points.
The crowd gave a roaring cheer during the singing of the U.S. national anthem when the video board showed the 43-year-old Finnish Flash.
Selanne also got a standing ovation midway through the first period after the arena announcer noted his storied career, which Selanne has said will end after this season. He acknowledged the cheering with a wave of his glove.