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Canucks 5, Flames 4 (OT)

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CALGARY -- Eddie Lack's NHL debut was a success for the Vancouver Canucks.

It took breaking up the Sedins and some magic from unlikely hero Mike Santorelli for it to happen.

Trailing the Calgary Flames by a 3-1 count early in the third period, Canucks head coach John Tortorella opted for what many around the hockey world would find unthinkable, separate the best twin brother combination the NHL has ever seen and put them on different lines.

The result was both Henrik and Daniel Sedin set up goals to get the Canucks back in the game and then Santorelli scored his second of the game in the extra period to give Vancouver a 5-4 overtime victory and spoil the Flames home opener before the Scotiabank Saddledome sellout crowd of 19,289 Sunday night in Calgary.

The Canucks completed a weekend Alberta sweep, having thumped the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 the night before.

David Booth, who missed most of last season due to injuries, opened the scoring with his first of the season for the Canucks, who played at home the night before and had a quick turnaround -- not only going a time-zone east and losing an hour, but with an earlier start time.

Jannik Hansen and Santorelli tallied the third-period goals that erased the two-goal deficit seemingly in the blink of an eye against a Flames team that outworked their opponents and then Dale Weise netted what appeared to be the game-winner.

However, the Flames, who are admittedly low on talent but big on heart, forced overtime when David Jones scored with 19 seconds remaining in regulation.

Lack, a free-agent acquisition, stepped in so No. 1 goalie Roberto Luongo could get a breather and stopped 32 shots for the win. Vancouver has a 2-1-0 record to start the season.

Mark Giordano, who has four points in three games this season, Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan also scored for the Flames (1-0-2).

Monahan, the No. 6 selection in this year's NHL Draft, is making a case for remaining in Calgary instead of returning to the junior ranks. He's already scored twice and collected three points in a three-game point-scoring streak to kick off his NHL career.

NOTES: Canucks RW Zack Kassian served the third game of the five-game suspension he received for his preseason high stick that broke the jaw of Edmonton Oilers C Sam Gagner. ... Flames C Joe Colborne, the hometown kid who was acquired on the eve of the season, played a game in the Saddledome for the first time ever. "It's a dream come true," he said. ... With his first-period goal, the oft-injured Booth collected the 200th point of his NHL career. ... The Flames' scoring-by-committee approach is off to a good start. D Mark Giordano, C Mikael Backlund, RW Jiri Hudler, RW David Jones, C Sean Monahan and RW Lee Stempniak each netted at least one point in all three games this season. Every forward who played in all three contests has at least one point.
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