VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Daniel Sedin scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the Vancouver Canucks avoided elimination Thursday night with a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in Game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.
Nick Bonino had the other goal for Vancouver, and Ryan Miller had 19 saves in his first start in the series after replacing Eddie Lack in Game 4.
David Jones scored for the Flames and Jonas Hiller stopped 41 shots.
Game 6 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday night at Calgary.
After the Flames were whistled for icing in the opening minutes of the third period, the Canucks put out their top line for the offensive-zone faceoff. Daniel Sedin took advantage, shoveling Dan Hamhuis’ rebound through Hiller’s pads at 1:47 for his second goal of the series.
Vancouver had to kill off a Calgary power play midway through the period when Hamhuis was whistled for firing the puck over the glass, with Miller making a big stop from Miller on Joe Colborne from the slot.
The Flames had another man advantage with under 6 minutes to go when Henrik Sedin went off for hooking, but didn’t get a single shot on target against Miller.
Calgary was unable to get the equalizer as Vancouver stayed alive in front of a raucous towel-waving crowd at Rogers Arena.
Down 1-0 after the first period, Vancouver it with 6:29 left in the second after a good cycle down low when Bonino took a pass from Radim Vrbata and ripped a shot under the crossbar from the faceoff dot for his first of the playoffs.
With the Canucks then pressing to grab the lead at the other end, Miller was forced into a good save on TJ Brodie to keep things even as Vancouver held a 34-16 shot edge through 40 minutes.
The Flames went up 1-0 just 2:40 into the first period when Jones jumped on a turnover by Alexander Edler and fired short-side on Miller for his second goal of the series.
Calgary could have added to its lead early in the second, but Colborne hit the post a minute in before Mason Raymond saw the puck roll off his stick on a clear breakaway.
Calgary’s Dennis Wideman also had a chance on the power play moments later only to see his shot hit the post behind Miller and stay out.
Vancouver had some great chances to tie it later in the period, but Jannik Hansen’s one-timer from the point clanked off iron before Vrbata’s effort on a man advantage also hit the post.
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