Daniel Sedin has goal, 2 assists as Canucks beat Flames 5-1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists to help the Vancouver Canucks open the season with a 5-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.
Jannik Hansen, Brandon Sutter, Alex Burrows and Henrik Sedin also scored for the Canucks in a rematch of last April’s Western Conference quarterfinals. The Flames won that series in six games to advance to the second round, where they lost in five to Anaheim.
Vancouver defenseman Ben Hutton recorded his first point in his NHL debut with an assist on Hansen’s goal. Canucks goalie Ryan Miller made 29 saves.
Jiri Hudler scored for Calgary and Karri Ramo finished with 39 saves.
Vancouver stretched its lead to 4-1 at 8:17 of the third when Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman knocked down a long, off-speed shot by Burrows, but tipped it into his own net past Ramo.
Henrik Sedin scored on a sharp-angled wrist shot with 3:29 left to cap the scoring.
Hansen got the Canucks on the scoreboard first when he took Hutton’s cross-ice pass along the boards and beat Ramo top corner glove side with a blast from the top of the circle at 10:34 of the first period.
Sutter doubled the lead with about 2 minutes left in the period in his first game in a Canucks jersey. He batted a rebound out of the air past Ramo with a deft touch.
Hudler broke through for the Flames at 3:39 of the second. Canucks defenseman Luca Sbisa turned the puck over under pressure from Sean Monahan, and Johnny Gaudreau got the puck and passed it to Hudler who beat Miller between the pads.
Daniel Sedin restored Vancouver’s two-goal lead with 5 seconds left in the period. A shot by Dan Hamhuis deflected off Ramo and then Sedin and into Calgary’s net to make it 3-1.
Calgary’s Micheal Ferland and Vancouver’s Derek Dorsett fought just seconds after the opening faceoff. Flames winger Brandon Bollig and Canucks forward Brandon Prust then traded punches 8 minutes into the game.
NOTES: The Canucks acquired Sutter from Pittsburgh in July in exchange for forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Adam Clendening and a draft pick. ... The Flames fell to 0-5-1 in their last six season-openers and have lost their last two to the Canucks. ... Calgary’s scratches were forward Mason Raymond and goalie Joni Ortio; Vancouver’s were forward Jake Virtanen, defenseman Yannick Weber and goalie Jakob Markstrom.