The Calgary Flames came back from a goal down and scored twice in the third period to win game one of the Stanley Cup playoff series with the Canucks 2-1. Kris Russell scored the game winner with 30 seconds remaining in the third period.
In the regular season, Calgary came from behind 24 times to win games.
In his first NHL playoff game, Bo Horvat (pictured) opened the scoring a dozen minutes into the second period for Vancouver. The rookie had a shot blocked but gathered up his rebound and threw a backhand shot which hit Russell’s skate and past Flames goalie Jonas Hiller.
The visitors carried the play in the final frame.
Eight minutes into the third period, Vancouver defenceman Yannick Weber turned the puck over at his blueline and the puck ended up on David Jones stick. The North Vancouver product snapped a shot by Eddie Lack to tie the game 1-1.
With 90 seconds remaining, the Flames hemmed the Canucks in their own zone for just under a minute. Defenceman Russell’s shot from the point found its way through traffic and past Eddie Lack.
Both goalies made some quality saves. Lack turned aside 28 shots, while Hiller made 29 saves.
Canucks Captain Henrik Sedin played in his 100th career NHL playoff game. Trevor Linden leads the franchise with 118.
A total of thirteen players in uniform experienced their first NHL playoff game.
Game two of the series goes Friday at 7 PM in Vancouver.