The Canucks leveled their Western Conference quarter final series with Calgary at a game apiece, after a convincing 4-1 result in Vancouver.
Daniel Sedin opened the scoring, as he wristed a shot past Jonas Hiller’s glove hand on a nice feed by brother Henrik, three minutes into the contest.
The game winning goal came four minutes later. Chris Higgins scored on the power play as he put the puck between the legs of Hiller and broke the camera inside the goal.
Alex Burrows had two assists.
Early in the third period, rookie Bo Horvat notched his second point of the series, as he set up fellow first year player Ronalds Kenins with his first playoff goal.
Kris Russell, the hero for Calgary in game one, scored the lone Flames goal on the power play late in the third period on a long shot. Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack was screened on the play.
Vancouver’s leading goal scorer in the regular season ended a seven game drought without a goal as Radim Vrbata scored on the empty net.
44 seconds later, the teams engaged in a brawl behind the Flames goal. Calgary defenceman Deryk Engelland picked up an instigator penalty, two fighting majors and three game misconducts for 42 penalty minutes. Vancouver’s Derek Dorsett had a pair of fighting major penalties and a game misconduct. Four other players received game misconducts.
It was the first Stanley Cup playoff victory for goaltender Eddie Lack and head coach Willie Desjardins. The Swede made 22 saves. The victory also ended the Canucks home ice losing streak at seven games, avoiding a NHL record for consecutive defeats at home.
Game three goes Sunday evening at 7PM from Calgary.