|Date of game: 10/8/2014
Recap: Calgary vs. Vancouver
Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Henrik Sedin tallied a goal and an assist as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Calgary Flames, 4-2, in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday.
Alexandre Burrows, Zack Kassian and Radim Vrbata all scored for Vancouver in head coach Willie Desjardins' debut at the helm.
Veteran goaltender Ryan Miller, who signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Canucks in the offseason, turned aside 23 shots in the win.
"To come on the road and get a win is very important, but I thought what was really important was that we were able to use our whole team," Desjardins said. "Everybody played and everybody contributed."
Paul Byron and Jiri Hudler lit the lamp for Calgary, which lost its eighth straight game against Vancouver.
Jonas Hiller allowed three goals on 32 shots in his first game with the Flames.
"We have a young team and we're going to learn," Calgary head coach Bob Hartley said. "It's too bad because in the third I felt like that's where we played our best hockey."
The Canucks seized the lead for good at the 5:16 of the second period. Kassian tipped Brad Richardson's pass across the crease into an open net for a 2-1 lead.
Vrbata deflected Sedin's shot past Hiller with 8:53 left in the second period. The goal was initially waved off, but was deemed to be good after a lengthy review.
Two minutes later, Sean Monahan collected Alexander Edler's turnover and sent a one-touch pass over to Hudler, who got the Flames within one with a quick wrister from the right side.
Calgary pulled Hiller in favor of an extra attacker with under two minutes to play in regulation. Sedin broke into the Calgary zone with the puck and was hauled down by Mark Giordano, but was still able to whack the puck into the net while sliding feet-first to seal the win.
Burrows redirected Dan Hamhuis' wrister from the point through the five-hole of a screened Hiller for a power-play goal with 8:05 to play in the opening stanza.
The Flames tied the game less than five minutes into the second. Joe Colborne stripped a player of the puck at Calgary's blue line and pushed it up to Byron, who moved up on a 2-on-1 and beat Miller with a wrister through the five hole.Game Notes
Vancouver has won five consecutive games in Calgary ... Calgary went 0-for-4
on the power play, while Vancouver was 1-for-3.