The Vancouver Canucks scored the first three goals, but lost 7-4 in Calgary in Game 6. The Flames won the best-of-seven playoff series 4-2.
CALGARY, Alberta – Matt Stajan snapped a tie with 4:17 left and the Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks 7-4 on Saturday night to win their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round playoff series 4-2.
Vancouver was eliminated despite leading 3-0 midway through the first period of Game 6.
“It’s disappointing,” Canucks forward Shawn Matthias was quoted as saying in The Vancouver Sun. “It’s not the way we wanted to end our year, and it hurts.”
Calgary will face Anaheim in a second-round series.
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Vancouver took a 4-3 lead into the third period but Jiri Hudler scored a power-play goal at 6:14 to tie the score. After Stajan connected, the Flames had two empty-net goals in the final 30 seconds.
Calgary outshot the Canucks 33-22.
Luca Sbisa, Brandon McMillan, Jannik Hansen and Radim Vrbata scored for Vancouver.
Starting Calgary goaltender Jonas Hiller was pulled early in the first period after allowing two goals on three shots. Karri Ramo stopped 17 of 19 shots in relief.
Vancouver’s Ryan Miller made 26 saves.
At Blackhawks 4, Predators 3
Duncan Keith scored at 16:12 of the third period, and Chicago beat Nashville to win the first-round West series 4-2. Keith beat a screened Pekka Rinne with a laser from the left point.
At Islanders 3, Capitals 1
Nikolay Kulemin scored the go-ahead goal with 9:27 left as New York won to force a Game 7 of its East first-round series Monday in Washington. The winner will play the New York Rangers.
Red Wings 4, at Lightning 0
Petr Mrazek stopped 28 shots and Detroit blanked Tampa Bay to take a 3-2 lead in an East first-round series.
Riley Sheahan, Drew Miller, Pavel Datsyuk and Danny DeKeyser scored for the Red Wings, who host Game 6 on Monday.