Daniel Sedin drained the game winning goal early in the third period to keep the Vancouver Canucks season alive, as the ‘Nucks edged Calgary 2-1.
North Vancouver’s David Jones opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game, as Vancouver’s Alex Edler botched a clearing attempt in his own zone. Jones beat Ryan Miller with a quick shot to the glove side, as the visitors were up 1-0 before the game was three minutes old.
It was an entertaining contest with chances at both ends. The Canucks carried the play offensively, especially in the middle period as they pressed to equalize the game.
Vancouver’s persistence in the offensive zone paid off late in the second period as Alex Edler was deep in the corner and fed Nick Bonino who moved the disc to Radim Vrbata who put the puck right back on the stick of Bonino. He completed the give and go by whipping the puck high to the stick side past his former Anaheim teammate Jonas Hiller in Flames crease for his first goal of the playoffs.
Daniel’s winner started when brother Henrik won a draw in the Calgary zone. Defenceman Dan Hamhuis picked up the puck on the boards and quickly put a wrist shot on goal, number 22 was waiting for the rebound and on the second whack, pushed it over the red line.
The Canucks peppered Hiller with 43 shots, while Calgary managed 21 on Miller.
The Flames lead the series three games to two, with game six going at 6 PM on Saturday night in Calgary.