Canucks beat Calgary in shootout for 1st win
Zack Kassian scored in regulation and got the winner in the shootout, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames...
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Zack Kassian scored in regulation and got the winner in the shootout, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.
Kassian scored the decisive shootout goal by deking Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff in the fifth round. Alex Burrows also scored in the shootout for Vancouver, and Cory Schneider secured the win by stopping Curtis Glencross on the final shootout attempt.
Mason Raymond also scored for the Canucks (1-1-1), giving them a 2-0 lead about halfway through the second period.
Alex Tanguay scored in regulation and had one in the shootout for Calgary (0-2-1), and Mikael Backlund had the tying goal with just under four minutes to go in the second period.
Schneider and Kiprusoff entered the game looking to redeem themselves. Despite a few gaffes, Schneider was much sharper than in his season-opening effort as he and Kiprusoff both finished with 34 saves.
"You can't start with three at home and come up empty-handed in the win column," Schneider told the Vancouver Sun. "Sometimes that first one is the hardest one and once you get it your team settles down a little bit and you get on a roll and that's what we are hoping we can do here as we head out on the road. ... We want to be a good road team again this year."
• The NHL suspended Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn one game for charging New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov.
• The Colorado Avalanche will be without right wing Steve Downie for the rest of the season after he tore his ACL against Los Angeles on Tuesday.
• The San Jose Sharks signed free-agent center Scott Gomez to a one-year deal.
• The Detroit Red Wings lost defenseman Ian White for two to three weeks after surgery to repair a deep leg laceration.