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Canucks top Flames in shootout

VANCOUVER — Zack Kassian scored in regulation and added the shootout winner as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Kassian scored the decisive shootout goal by deking Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff as the showdown session went to an extra shooter for each team. Alex Burrows also scored in the shootout for Vancouver.

Mason Raymond chipped in with a goal for Vancouver in regulation.

Alex Tanguay scored in regulation and had one in the shootout for Calgary while Mikael Backlund also scored for the Flames.

Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider secured the win by stopping Curtis Glencross on the final shootout attempt of the game.

The Canucks (1-1-1) posted their first win of the lockout-shortened season.

The Flames (0-2-1) remained winless after three games.

There was no scoring in the first period, and the score was tied 2-2 after the second. The deadlock resulted as Vancouver squandered a 2-0 lead

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 recorded 34 saves.

Schneider was pulled after allowing five goals on 14 shots in Vancouver’s 7-3 loss to Anaheim on Saturday, and then watched from the bench as the Canucks lost Sunday in a shootout to Edmonton.

Kiprusoff was sharp in a second period in which the Canucks badly outshot the Flames until the late going.

He had allowed nine goals in a pair of losses to the Ducks and San Jose.

Schneider got off to a bit of a shaky start as he mishandled a slow shoot-in that got tangled in his skates in the goal crease. He also caught a break during a Calgary power play after a Jay Bouwmeester shot rang off the post after deflecting off Canuck defenceman Alex Edler’s stick in mid-air.

As part of some line juggling, Alex Burrows, usually a winger on the first line, played centre on the second line. Burrows showed some deft passing in the final six minutes of the first period as he sent Jannik Hansen in all alone on Kiprusoff, only to have the Calgary goaltender stop his shot. Burrows also set up Hansen for a one-timer in the high slot, but Hansen could not get much weight on the puck.

In the final minute of the first period, Schneider stopped Blake Comeau from close range and then blocked three shots in succession, by Bouwmeester, Jarome Iginla and Tanguay, to keep the game scoreless after 20 minutes.

The Canucks widely outplayed the Flames in the first half of the second period.

Kassian opened the scoring 6:20 into the second period on a good third effort. He intercepted a Calgary hand-pass, retrieved the puck after his first shot was blocked, and then fired it home. It was Kassian’s second goal of the season.



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