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Canucks spoil Flames’ home opener with comeback win

Oct 6, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

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The Northwest Division is no more, but some traditions die hard, like the Vancouver Canucks ruining the Calgary Flames’ good times.

It happened again on Sunday night, as the Canucks overcame a 3-1 lead in the third period to eventually go up 4-3. The Flames showed some serious fight when David Jones tied it up on a messy goal with 19 seconds left, but that just allowed the Canucks to play spoiler again, with Mike Santorelli scoring the OT-winner.

Silver linings for Flames

Flames fans could very well view this as a game that got away. That seemed especially true through two periods, as they were only up 2-1 despite a 26-14 shot disparity.

If nothing else, Calgary is showing more fight than people expected. They’re a reasonable 1-0-2 and have kept things basically even, scoring 12 goals and allowing 13.

Still, coughing up leads like these will sting, especially since they lost to the Washington Capitals 5-4 (SO) after building a 4-1 lead on Thursday.

One can imagine that head coach Bob Hartley will mix some optimism with an overarching message that the Flames need to learn how to play with leads, then.

  1. lowenni - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Didn’t watch this game, but the Flames played surprisingly well against the Caps the other day. I’m not saying they’re gonna make the playoffs, but they don’t look as dreadful as most expected. If anything, they look like they’re just playing with soul and hard work, and that can win you a lot of hockey games. Good for them.

  2. canucks30 - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    You know you’re bad when you’re giving up goals to the likes of Dale Weise and Mike Santorelli.

    • kirkmcleansbaby - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:56 AM

      What are you talking about?!?!? Those goals were well earned for both of them…….doesn’t matter what team it was!

      • canucks30 - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:18 AM

        My apologies. Ladies and Santorelli are the difference makers the Canucks have long since lacked.

        #StanleyCupHereWeCome

      • canucks30 - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:18 AM

        My apologies. Weise and Santorelli are the difference makers the Canucks have long since lacked.

        #StanleyCupHereWeCome

      • imleftcoast - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Weise made a good play on his goal. Santorelli got lucky on the first, but him and Bieksa made a good play on the second in OT. That’s hockey. Credit to the Flames, they gave the Canucks all they could handle.

    • kaptaanamerica - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:53 AM

      Are you an idiot or what? Santorelli is a former twenty goal scorer from a couple seasons back and weise has shown he has skills.

    • micasa81 - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:06 AM

      Weise’s goal was a nice give and go. I don’t expect to see him do that every night, and I’m sure the Canucks would be thrilled to get 10 goals from him this season. Santorelli has looked downright dangerous in the early goings, and if he keeps this level of play up, he could easily have another 20 plus goal season.

  3. canucks30 - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Evidently, spellcheck thinks Weise plays like a lady

  4. canucks30 - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Can I get a do over in posting in this topic?

    No?

    Well then how about this in honour of breast cancer awareness month to appease the masses:

    • imleftcoast - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Clip so old the guy isn’t even in the NHL anymore. We thought she was showing him his baby.

  5. jacketsfan7 - Oct 7, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Twice In three games blew 3 goal leads
    Something to be worried about but 4 goals in every game so far , they got a high octane offense and monahan is impressing the hell outta me

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      They’re a young team, I’m happy to see them play hard every night, I know they won’t continue with the 66% of all available points pace, but watching a team that tries to compete every night is a massive upgrade for Flames fans.

      Yes it’s disappointing that they’ve blown the leads but the hardest thing for young teams to learn is to actually win the game, just ask the Oilers.

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