Canucks defeat Flames 5-4 on overtime goal by Mike Santorelli
The Vancouver Canucks delivered a lacklustre performance through the first two periods, but a fiery third frame set the stage for the team's first overtime victory of the season.
Canucks centre and hometown boy Mike Santorelli tipped in a pass from Kevin Bieksa at 3:17 of extra time. It was Santorelli's second goal of the game.
In the first two periods, rookie goalie Eddie Lack kept his team in the game by turning away 24 of 26 shots, keeping the hometown Flames with a 2-1 lead.
But the Flames' lead was extended at 1:47 of the third period when rookie Sean Monahan, who's only 18 years old, converted a breakaway.
Then the Canucks came storming back with three unanswered goals by Jannik Hansen, Santorelli, and Dale Wiese.
However, a goal-mouth scramble in the final minute enabled the Flames to tie the game, with credit going to North Vancouver's David Jones.
Canucks coach John Tortorella was praised some broadcasters for lighting a fire under the squad between the second and third periods.
Torts also mixed up his lines in the final frame, separating the Sedins. It seemed to pay dividends with Daniel and Henrik each assisting on a third-period goal.