The third game of the season has never meant so much to the Vancouver Canucks. But due to the shortened season, starting the year winless at home after three games could have led to bigger problems down the road. Zack Kassian, who was just promoted to the first line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, made sure that wouldn't be an issue.
At the 6:20 mark in the second period, a wrist shot from Kassian gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead. The third time was a charm for Kassian, as his previous two shots failed to get by Miikka Kiprusoff.
But after a goal from Mason Raymond at the 8:20 mark, the Flames were able to tie the game with goals from Alex Tanguay and Mikael Backlund.
For the second straight night, the Canucks lost a 2-0 lead on home ice. Usually, Vancouver is dominant at Rogers Arena, but 2013 was off to a different start.
Had it not been for Cory Schneider's incredible saves in overtime in which he was able to kick his right leg out to stop three shots in a row, the Canucks would be headed to California with three losses, two in overtime after blown leads.
Vancouver's shooters made sure to thank Schneider for his efforts when they took to the ice for the shootout, with goals from Alex Burrows and Kassian to give the Canucks their first win of the 2013 season.
Schneider also came up big in the shootout, stopping four of the five shots he faced.
Now, the Canucks head down to California with three points instead of two. Normally, that's not such a big deal, but nothing will really be "normal" in this shortened season.
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