Dave Sheldon | Email David.Sheldon@corusent.com
Confidence is definitely flowing through Zack Kassian now. The hulking Canucks winger has found a place on the top line and paid immediate dividends, scoring once in regulation and also adding the shootout winner as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Calgary Flames 3-2 at Roger's Arena.
Kassian and Mason Raymond staked the home team to a 2-0 lead mid-way through the second period, but once again the Canucks would allow the visitors a chance to get back in the game. Alex Tanguay and Mickael Backlund would help equalize for Calgary before the end of the second period. The Flames also outshot Vancouver 27-11 over the final 30 minutes of the game.
After a scoreless third period and overtime session, the teams would proceed into the fifth round of the shootout before Kassian's goal lifted the Canucks to their opening win of the season.
Cory Schneider rebounded from his opening night jitters, turning aside 34 of 36 shots, plus four of five in the shootout for the win between the pipes.
Vancouver levels their record to 1-1-1 and will now head on the road to California for a three game trip beginning Friday night in Anaheim.