VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Zack Kassian scored in regulation and got the winner in the shootout, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.
Kassian scored the decisive shootout goal by deking Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff in the fifth round. Alex Burrows also scored in the shootout for Vancouver, and Cory Schneider secured the win by stopping Curtis Glencross on the final shootout attempt.
Mason Raymond also scored for the Canucks (1-1-1), giving them a 2-0 lead about halfway through the second period.
Alex Tanguay scored in regulation and had one in the shootout for Calgary (0-2-1), and Mikael Backlund had the tying goal with just under four minutes to go in the second period.
Schneider and Kiprusoff entered the game looking to redeem themselves. Despite a few gaffes, Schneider was much sharper than in his season-opening effort as he and Kiprusoff both finished with 34 saves. Schneider was pulled after allowing five goals on 14 shots in Vancouver’s 7-3 loss to Anaheim on Saturday, and then watched from the bench as the Canucks lost Sunday in a shootout to Edmonton.
Also on Wednesday:
NEW YORK — Marian Gaborik scored twice in the first period and then completed his hat trick 27 seconds into overtime as New York overcame a pair of blown leads and beat Boston for its first win of the season. Taylor Pyatt also scored for the Rangers. Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton got the Bruins’ goals.
Maple Leafs 5
PITTSBURGH — James van Riemsdyk scored twice, and James Reimer stopped 28 shots as Toronto spoiled Pittsburgh’s home opener. Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Tyler Bozak also scored for the Maple Leafs, and Nikolai Kulemin added three assists. Sidney Crosby and reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin scored their first goals of the season for Pittsburgh.
Blue Jackets 1
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Steve Sullivan scored three goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two goals and an assist, and Phoenix beat Columbus for its first win of the season. Fedor Tyutin scored for Columbus in its first regulation loss of the season.