Santorelli scores in OT and Canucks top Flames 5-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 6, 2013 at 11:49 pm •  Published: October 6, 2013
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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Looking for a third-period spark, Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella shuffled his forwards and split twin forwards Henrik and Daniel Sedin onto different lines.

The move paid off when the Canucks scored three goals in the period and Mike Santorelli provided the overtime winner in a 5-4 victory over the Flames on Sunday night.

Santorelli deflected a pass from Kevin Bieksa to score at 3:17 in overtime.

Trailing 3-1, the Canucks kicked off their third-period comeback with Daniel Sedin assisting on Jannick Hansen's goal at 5:01, followed by Henrik Sedin setting up Santorelli's first goal of the game at 9:27.

"I know the focus is on the twins, but we split up all the lines," Tortorella said. "We had six body checks and four scoring chances in two periods, so we were dead in the water. It's an easy decision to change things up."

Dale Weise put the visitors up 4-3 at 16:06, but Calgary's David Jones tied the game again with 19 seconds remaining in regulation.

Canucks backup goaltender Eddie Lack made 32 saves in his first NHL regular-season game.

"I was nervous on the bus ride over here, but as soon as I got into my normal warm-up routine and got on the ice, the guys have been really supportive, then it felt like a normal game," said Lack, a 25-year-old Swede.

"I know coming in here there was a lot of question marks about me because I haven't played a lot. It's important for me to help the team get some points here in the beginning."

Mikael Backlund, Sean Monahan and Calgary captain Mark Giordano also scored for the Flames. It was the second goal in three games for 18-year-old Monahan, who was selected sixth overall by Calgary in the 2013 NHL draft.

Joey MacDonald stopped 23 shots in his second straight start after picking up the win in Calgary's 4-2 decision over Columbus on Friday.

Tortorella lauded Lack's play and that of 24-year-old defenseman Ryan Stanton, who was claimed off waivers a few days ago.

Calgary outshot Vancouver 26-14 and outhit them 14-6 in the first two periods.

"I think the guys decided to play for Eddie," Tortorella said. "He gave them a chance to be there and still have an opportunity to win a hockey game where really, we should have been spanked.